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Alaska DHSS Reorganization information and resources

The mission of the Department of Health is "Promoting the health, well-being, and self-sufficiency of Alaskans."

The Department of Health (DOH) will have oversight of health care services, payment, eligibility determinations and payments of public assistance program benefits, and public health. The Divisions of Behavioral Health, Health Care Services, and Senior and Disabilities Services provide regulatory oversight, claims processing, facility licensing, and enforcement of Medicaid and state regulations. DOH will also actively engage with stakeholders to find opportunities for innovation within Medicaid and to improve health outcomes for all Alaskans.

StrengStengthening the System: Alaska's Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Program Plan thening the System: Alaska’s Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Program Plan
The 2020-24 plan for achieving the vision of Alaskans receiving comprehensive prevention, treatment and support services at the appropriate level of care across the lifespan, leading to meaningful lives in their home communities.

About the logo

State of Alaska, Department of Health logo

Commissioner Crum wanted a logo that recognizes Alaska’s history and the hard work of staff that continuously serve the DOH mission of promoting the health, well-being, and self-sufficiency of Alaskans.

He came up with the idea of a dog sled team because it hearkens back to Alaska’s internationally known story of the Nome serum run – where people and communities came together to serve and protect others regardless of the weather or geographic difficulty. It also is a reminder of the start of Public Health Nursing with the first professional nurse arriving in Bethel in 1893, and traveling around the state on foot, boat or dogsled. And finally, the dogsled team is in honor of all the staff, past and present at DHSS and now DOH that live to serve. 

Sled dogs are famous for their willingness and wanting to just run and race to goals together, and that really personifies the people that work at DOH – they work to manage programs, payments and processes that take care of their fellow Alaskans. They do it not for glory or recognition, but for service of the other.

Commissioner Adam Crum

Adam Crum serves as commissioner for the Alaska Department of Health (DOH). He was born and raised in Alaska and has experience in the private sector in strategic management, organizational development, executive consulting and working on mega- projects. A primary skillset is his ability to establish and lead effective teams, and this can be seen by Alaska’s nation leading COVID-19 response and vaccination distribution, and the marked improvement of multiple divisions at DHSS during his tenure.

Prior to being appointed commissioner in December 2018, Crum was executive vice president of his family’s company, Northern Industrial Training. Commissioner Crum is active in community service organizations and has served as a board member for groups like the Salvation Army and MyHouse, a group that works specifically with homeless youth. Both groups work with clients dealing with mental health, substance use disorder, transitional housing and workforce development issues.

Crum has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northwestern University and a Master of Science in Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Requests for scheduling appointments or invitations for Commissioner, Adam Crum can made by sending an e-mail to: scheduling.dhss@alaska.gov

Mailing & Physical address:

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