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Preventive Medicine / Wellness
23 years of experience
Accepting new patients


Education ?

Medical School Score
Western University of Health Sciences (1989)

Awards & Distinctions ?

American Board of Preventive Medicine

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Dr. Provost is affiliated with 1 hospitals.

Hospital Affiliations



  • Alaska Native Medical Center, Phs
    4315 Diplomacy Dr, Anchorage, AK 99508
  • Publications & Research

    Dr. Provost has contributed to 5 publications.
    Title Stroke Mortality Among Alaska Native People.
    Date October 2009
    Journal American Journal of Public Health

    We aimed to describe the epidemiology of stroke among Alaska Natives, which is essential for designing effective stroke prevention and intervention efforts for this population.

    Title Helicobacter Pylori, Anemia, and Iron Deficiency: Relationships Explored Among Alaska Native Children.
    Date November 2007
    Journal The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal

    BACKGROUND: Attempts to understand determinants of anemia and iron deficiency have led researchers to examine the role of Helicobacter pylori infection. The current study assessed determinants of anemia and iron deficiency, including H. pylori, in Alaska Native children. METHODS: In 1999, a population-based survey was conducted among 86 children (67% response rate), mean age of 43.7 months (standard deviation = 16.8 months). Samples of breath, stool, and venous blood were obtained from children for measures of anemia, iron deficiency, H. pylori, fecal blood loss, and current inflammation. Standardized interviews with parents provided information on demographics, illness, and intake of dietary iron, iron-absorption inhibitors, and enhancers. RESULTS: Of the 86 children studied, 17.4% were anemic and 38.6% were iron deficient. Forty-one percent of the cohort had H. pylori-specific IgG antibodies, 86% tested positive by the urea breath test (UBT), and 80% tested positive by the stool antigen test. Presence of H. pylori antibodies emerged as a significant risk factor for anemia and iron deficiency in adjusted analyses controlling for demographic factors, current inflammation, and antibiotic use. In contrast, children with positive UBT or stool antigen results were significantly less likely to have anemia or iron deficiency than those with negative results. CONCLUSIONS: Results from different measures of H. pylori may reflect different stages of infection. Relationships between H. pylori and anemia/iron deficiency may depend on the phase of infection measured, with serologic tests reflecting established H. pylori infection associated with anemia/iron deficiency, and UBT and stool antigen results reflecting an earlier stage of infection.

    Title Iqmik: a Form of Smokeless Tobacco Used Among Alaska Natives.
    Date January 2006
    Journal American Journal of Health Behavior

    OBJECTIVES: To describe a homemade form of smokeless tobacco known as Iqmik used among Alaska Natives residing in western Alaska. METHODS: Individual and small-group interviews were conducted with 23 adult Alaska Natives. The major themes from the interview data were summarized. A chemical analysis was conducted of the alkalinity of a sample of fungus ash used to prepare Iqmik. RESULTS: Few adverse health effects of using Iqmik were reported. The alkalinity of the sample of fungus ash was high (pH=10.9). CONCLUSION: The high alkalinity of Iqmik may contribute to the higher rates of tobacco use in this population.

    Title Improved Access to Women's Health Services for Alaska Natives Through Community Health Aide Training.
    Date October 1999
    Journal Journal of Community Health

    This project demonstrates the effect of increasing the skills of Community Health Aides (CHAs) on the use of specific preventive health services by women in remote Alaska villages. Eight CHAs were trained in specimen collection for Pap and sexually transmitted disease testing, and in clinical breast examination. Skill competency was monitored. Computerized medical records of all women between the ages of 18 and 75 in the four villages with trained CHAs and in four comparison villages (n = 1093) were checked for Pap status prior to CHA training and again 12 months later. All eight CHAs achieved competency and provided services in their village clinics with telephone support from an experienced clinician. The post-training year Pap test rate of women who were overdue for a Pap test was 0.44 in the villages with trained CHAs; the rate among the women in the comparison villages was 0.32 (p = .079).

    Title Cervical Cancer Screening on the Yukon-kuskokwim Delta, Southwest Alaska. A Population-based Study.
    Date November 1996
    Journal Cancer

    BACKGROUND: Alaska Native women suffer excess morbidity and mortality due to cervical cancer. This population-based study analyzed data from a regional Pap smear registry to describe the 2-year prevalence of cervical cancer screening for the women who live in remotely located villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region. METHODS: All women older than 18 years of age who lived in one of the villages of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta were included (n = 6916). A 2-year Pap prevalence rate for each village was estimated by counting the number of women who had at least one Pap smear between September 1, 1992, and August 31, 1994, using the computer-based Pap registry located at the regional medical center in Bethel, Alaska. Population estimates for each village were obtained from a database maintained by the local office of the State of Alaska's Public Health Nurses. RESULTS: The overall 2-year Pap prevalence rate for the population was 62%. By age group, 2-year prevalence rates were as follows: women 18 to 44 years, 64%; women 45 to 64 years, 58%; and women 65 years and older, 52%. CONCLUSION: This study demonstrated that there is a significant need to improve access to and use of cervical cancer screening in this region to achieve national and state objectives. Village-based clinic staff are underutilized for cancer prevention service delivery; with additional training and supervision, staff members may serve as a means to improve this preventive health care service.

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