S.271: Better Health in the Arctic Act

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Sponsor Mark Begich, D-Alaska
Total Cosponsors 0
Introduced Feb. 11, 2013
Latest Major Action Feb. 11, 2013
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Bill Summary

Better Health in the Arctic Act - Directs the Arctic Research Commission to examine the science base, gaps in knowledge, and strategies for the prevention and treatment of mental, behavioral, and physical health problems, including alcohol abuse, faced by populations in the Arctic, with a focus on Alaska.

Requires the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a national Arctic health science policy, reviewing and taking into consideration the National Arctic Health Science Policy developed by the American Public Health Association Task Force in 1984.

Amends the Public Health Service Act to establish a Desk for Arctic Health to: (1) work with the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee to ensure adequate health representation from federal agencies, (2) collaborate and consult with governmental entities and U.S. nongovernmental organizations involved in Arctic health issues, and (3) collaborate with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research ...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 11, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.