Critical among the priorities is promoting wellness for those who live in the Arctic. And specifically, doing more to prevent suicide, which has long had an outsize impact on far-north populations.
"This suicide issue has been around a lot longer than our fuel crisis. We know from statistics that have been coming in from the past two decades that we have a pretty serious health disparity," Cheryl Rosa, the Anchorage-based deputy director of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, said in an interview Wednesday.
"This is a problem that hasn't gone away with what has been done so far," Rosa said.