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Office of the Commissioner

The mission of the Department of Health and Social Services is "to promote and protect the health and well-being of Alaskans"

Commissioner Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson

Valerie Nurr'araaluk Davidson was appointed Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services (DHSS) by Governor Bill Walker in December 2014. She leads nine state divisions within the department to promote and protect the health and well-being of Alaskans. 

Under Commissioner Davidson's leadership, Alaska expanded Medicaid to provide healthcare to thousands of Alaskans. She also worked with the Alaska Legislature to negotiate a bipartisan Medicaid Reform bill, which provided for the redesign of Alaska's Medicaid program, including comprehensive behavioral health reform. Davidson has worked to improve partnerships with Tribes and Tribal organizations in the delivery of health and child welfare services. She also negotiated a new tribal claiming policy to extend healthcare services by leveraging partnerships between Tribal and non-tribal health organizations. ​

Requests for scheduling appointments or invitations for Commissioner Davidson can made by sending an e-mail to:

Mailing & Physical address:

3601 C Street, Suite 902
Anchorage, Alaska 99503-5923
Phone: (907) 269-7800
Fax: (907) 269-0060