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Alaska Native Health Board announces new President and Chief Executive Officer

The Alaska Native Health Board (ANHB) is pleased to announce that Verné (Qaanaaq) Boerner will join ANHB as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Boerner has worked in tribal health since 1995, including 13 years at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board. During her career she has served in many leadership roles from local, state, regional and national forums; including serving as technical staff on national workgroups such as the Indian Health Service' Restructuring Initiative Workgroup and numerous tribal consultation workgroups for the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, as well as state tribal consultation efforts. She has also worked with many Area and national health boards, including ANHB, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, California Rural Indian Health Board, and the National Indian Health Board, as well as the National Congress of American Indians.

Ms. Boerner is Iñupiaq Eskimo and grew up in Fairbanks and Kiana, Alaska. She graduated from Kiana High School and is an alumnus of the Rural Alaska Honors Institute. She has a bachelor?s degree in Business Administration from Portland State University and a Master of Public Health degree from Oregon Health and Sciences University. She has served on many academic, research and advisory boards, and was selected as a Native American Research Centers on Health (NARCH) Fellow.

Ms. Boerner will be assuming responsibilities from Interim President/CEO and ANHB Chair, Lincoln Bean, Sr. ANHB board member, H. Sally Smith, has commended Mr. Bean for his personal dedication, self-sacrifice and contribution to ANHB maintaining his role as its Chair in addition to serving as its interim President/CEO. Indeed, all of ANHB extends its gratitude to Mr. Bean for his generous service. "I have a greater appreciation for the day-to-day administration of ANHB and the dedication of staff. We look forward to the experience and value Ms. Boerner will bring to ANHB," said Mr. Bean.

Ms. Boerner will begin her role as the President/CEO on July 22, 2013. She will be moving with her husband and three children from her current home in Germany to Alaska. On accepting this position, Ms. Boerner shared, "This is a real home coming for me. At a personal level, I hope to honor my late-grandmother and Atiin (namesake), Lucy Qaanaaq Jackson - one of Alaska's first generation Community Health Aides, and my mother, Pakak Marie Jackson. I am so honored to be granted this opportunity to work with tribal leaders across the state and ANHB's partners. I believe wholeheartedly in the strength of our Peoples and in the potential this organization possesses in affecting health outcomes for Alaska Natives. I've got my sleeves rolled up and can't wait to get started!"


The Alaska Native Health Board (ANHB), established in 1968, is recognized as the statewide voice on Alaska Native health issues. The purpose of the Alaska Native Health Board is to promote the spiritual, physical, mental, social, and cultural well-being and pride of Alaska Native people.

ANHB is a 25-member board entity, consisting of one elected or selected representative of the Board of Directors or health committees of Alaska's Native regional health organizations and independent tribal public Law 93-638 compactors/contractors. The Health Directors of the regional health organizations serve as technical advisors to ANHB.

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