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April 14, 2016
COH Curriculum Committee Meets Wednesdays

The COH Curriculum Committee holds its regular meetings on Wednesdays, 10 am - 11:30 am
in PSB 122C. The deadline for submission of materials for committee review is Monday at 9 am, the week prior to the meeting. For more information on the
procedures for accepting and processing curriculum submissions, as well as contact information, download the following document (pdf):


Unit Updates
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Allied Health Alliance to Meet April 15
The Allied Health Alliance will meet on April 15, 2016 from 9 am - noon. The primary focus for this meeting will be reviewing the status of longstanding program development goals, current and future priorities, and opportunities to maintain and strengthen health programs in the face of budget realities. Topics raised in the Fall 2015 AHA meeting will also be included if they are ready for further discussion. For more information, please contact: Gloria Burnett,
Behavioral Health Alliance to Meet April 21
The Behavioral Health Alliance will meet on April 21, 2016 from 9 am - 11 am. The primary focus for this meeting will be to review our mission and purpose, and to discuss the current fiscal environment and future opportunities to meet industry needs. The BHA aims to promote communication, collaboration, and innovation across behavioral health professional education and training. Participants from UAA, UAS, and UAF have been invited to the meeting and will be asked to become BHA members. We will also seek names of those who are not in attendance but should have an invitation extended. For more information, please contact: Kathy Craft,
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Full Lives Conference Celebrates 15 Years!

On March 30-31, 266 participants took part in the Full Lives Conference, themed "Pathways for Full Community Involvement." The conference featured two national speakers: Andy Imparato, Executive Director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities in Washington, DC, and Annette Downing, Executive Director of Community Living Services of Oakland County in Southeast Michigan. Presentations were provided on a variety of topics, allowing attendees to choose sessions based on their personal and professional interests.

Andy Imparato with CHD staff at Full Lives Conference 
The following winners of the Outstanding Direct Service Professional 2016 Awards were announced: Marlane Waggoner, Community Connections, Alzheimer's Disease and Other Age-Related Dementia/Elder Care; Mona Nollner, Tanana Chiefs Conference, Chronic Alcoholism and Other Substance Related Disorders; Julie Davies, Alaska Brain Injury Network, Traumatic Brain Injuries; Jason Mongar, Hope Community Resources, Inc. Developmental Disabilities; and Betsy Chivers, Denali Life Planning, Severe Mental Illness.
Photos of the 2016 conference event may be viewed at the UAA Center for Human Development Full Lives website: The Full Lives Conference was funded and supported by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, the UAA Center for Human Development, and the Alaska Training Cooperative.
Executive Director of Association of University Centers on Disabilities Visits Alaska
(l-r) Jenny Miller, Cristina Bieber, and Andy Imparato
Andy Imparato, the Executive Director of th e Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), visited Alaska recently. He delivered a keynote at the Full Lives C onference for Direct Service Providers. In his address, he undersco red Alaska's influence on the national dialogue related to Medicaid expansion and called upon the disability community to become actively involved. Mr. Imparato also traveled to Kodiak Island, accompanied by Dr. Jenny Miller, to visit a disability service provider agency and to attend the Supporting Alaska Native Children with Disabilities and Their Families Using the Strengthening Families Approach training offered by LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) and the Center for Human Development. Mr. Imparato participated with 94 other Alaskans from eight communities around Alaska (Barrow, Bethel, Juneau, Seward, Sitka, F airbanks, Mat-Su, Kodiak and Anchorage). The training provided cross cultural, Alaska Native-specific NASW continuing education credits.
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National Public Health Week 2016 Was a Success!
Events for National Public Health Week (NPHW) took place on and off campus. At UAA, an information table at the student union provided information on HPV and meningococcal vaccinations and the Zika virus. Two movies took place, Paper Tigers and Love & Mercy, as well as an event on "Educating Civic Responsibility: A Public Conversation about Healthy Communities and Underage Drinking." Each MPH student in the Public Health and Society course also engaged with a community partner to plan and implement a NPHW activity to promote health, even at Kachemak Bay campus!

BSHS seniors Sarah Sullivan and Callie Flanagan created a NPHW information and book display for the UAA/APU Consortium Library.     
Eve Van Dommelen partnered with South Restaurant+Coffeehouse and Children's Lunchbox Program for a food drive and community event. 
Youth volunteered with preparing and bagging the meals for the Children's Lunchbox Program. 

A UAA group participated in the "No Matter the Weather" Walk around Goose Lake.

MPH Program Partnering with AAICA on Air Quality Monitoring
The MPH Program is excited to announce a partnership with the Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Center of Alaska (AAICA) to ensure the continued monitoring of pollen in Anchorage. Responsibility on air quality monitoring has been shifting away from the Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services' (DHHS) program. Ann Schlapia (DHHS) is working with Dr. Melinda Rathkopf (AAICA), Dr. Liz Hodges Snyder (UAA MPH Program), and others from AAICA to train the new partnership in pollen sampling and counting. Sampling will be conducted on the roof of BOC3, and is expected to begin by April 21. For questions about the partnership, opportunities for data analysis, or potential student engagement, please contact Liz Hodges Snyder,
MPH Student Receives Arctic Health Emerging Professional Award
Congratulations to Elizabeth King, MPH student, for winning the Arctic Health Emerging Professional Award at the 15th Annual Arctic Health Sciences Seminar on April 1st. Ms. King's presentation shared highlights from her masters research on rainwater catchment, community science, and water quality in rural Alaska. Her project, funded by the Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN), was conducted with co-investigators Dr. Elizabeth Hodges Snyder (UAA MPH Program), Dr. Aaron Dotson (UAA Engineering), and Dr. Tim Thomas (Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium). Her findings provide some much-needed insights into rainwater quality and catchment systems in rural Alaska, and provide an opportunity for additional graduate student research into Summer 2016.
MPH Student Olivia Barrow Successfully Defends Practicum

The UAA MPH program congratulates MPH student Olivia Barrow for successfully defending her practicum project last month. Ms. Barrow's project was titled "An Evaluation of Oral Health Training for Long-Term Care Facility Staff and Its relation to Residents' Dental Plaque Levels." We anticipate an additional three defenses before semester's end, so stay tuned!
MPH Alum Amanda Walch Defends Doctoral Dissertation
The MPH Program extends its congratulations to UAA MPH alumna Amanda Walch who successfully defended her UAF interdisciplinary doctoral dissertation "Traditional Food Security and Diet Quality in Alaska Native Women" in early April. Way to go Amanda!

Interprofessional Health Sciences Simulation Center - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Experiential Grand Rounds Addresses Substance Use and its Consequences
Students from five College of Health programs demonstrated collaborative interprofessional care of patients with substance use and related comorbidities. During the spring semester, students from Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Psychology, Social Work, and Dietetics were trained on Screening, Brief Interventions, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). They then encountered one or more patients in the Interprofessional Simulation Lab, delivering patient care utilizing SBIRT tools and their clinical training. On April 6, the students came together for a simulated interprofessional care conference. They worked as an interdisciplinary team, learned where their roles were complimentary, and planned how best their unique skills could improve patient outcomes. The UAA Arctic SBIRT Training Project provided valuable resources for the faculty and students.
The Interprofessional Simulation Committee (ISC) event coordinator conducts one similar event each semester and welcomes faculty involvement. Planning for next year's event is underway and will address diabetes. If faculty are interested in getting students involved, please contact Simulation Manager Ryan Shercliffe,, or Committee Co-chairs Kendra Sticka,, or Ammie Tremblay, .

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Dr. Marny Rivera and Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein, Justice faculty, presented at the 2016 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) annual meeting in Denver in March. Dr. Rivera presented for the panel In-depth Examinations of Substance Abuse. Her topic was titled "Under the Influence: Parents' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors Regarding Youth Substance Abuse." Dr. Blumenstein was chair of the panel Understanding College Student Attitudes Toward Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence. Her presentation was titled "Sexual Victimization on College Campuses: How Do Students Define and Identify Sexual Misconduct?" For more information, visit:

Dr. Troy Payne and Dr. Cory R. Lepage, Justice faculty, were named by UAA first-year/ second-year students as "instructors who have helped them become successful," according to a UAA Mapworks survey. This is the second year in a row they have been named. For more information, visit:

e Winter 2016 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum contains the following articles: "Criminal Justice Reform and Recidivism," "Justice Reinvestment Report," "Informed Alaskans Initiative: Public Health Data in Alaska," and "Sexual Misconduct: How Do UAA Students Define It?" To download the issue, visit:
Dr. Brad Myrstol, Director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC), was interviewed by the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman about the recently released AJSAC report "Descriptive Analysis of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Incidents Closed by the Alaska State Troopers: 2008-2011." He was interviewed in relation to a decades-long rape case that is the subject of the article. For more information, visit:
Prof. Deb Periman, JD, and Prof. Ryan Fortson, JD, Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, were guest speakers at the 2016 United Youth Courts of Alaska (UYCA) Conference on April 1. Students from 10 youth courts across the state participated in the training, held at Alaska Pacific University. For more information, visit:
Prof. Kristin Knudsen, JD, MLS , Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, recently had students present mock oral arguments before long-time Juneau Administrative Law Judge Andrew Hemenway in her Legal 367 - Civil Procedure and PreTrial Practice course . Judge Hemenway serves as the Chair of the Alaska Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission. For more information, visit:
Prof. Brandeis Published Article on Marijuana Legalization

Prof. Jason Brandeis, JD , Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, published an article in the recent issue of the Alaska Bar Rag, the official publication of the Alaska Bar Association. The article provides an overview of the final regulations and the licensing timeline for starting a marijuana business. For more information, visit:

Chief Magistrate Judge Deborah Smith of the US District Court for Alaska spoke to Dr. Cory Lepage's Justice 490 Alternative Methods of Adjudication students on March 10. Chief  Magistrate Judge Smith discussed the federal reentry court, the Alaska Hope Court, which was established in 2015. For more information, visit:
Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • April 15 - Faculty Development and Research Travel Grant Awards to Faculty
  • April 30 - Graduate Hooding Ceremony
  • May 1 - Commencement
  • May 3 - UNAC workloads due from dean to faculty
  • May 7 - UNAC workloads due to OAA*
  • May 7 - UNAC notification to dean from faculty planning to stand for P&T with list of external reviewers
  • May 16 - Summer 2016: First 5-wk session, first day of classes  
  • May 20 - National Bike to Work Day
  • May 30 - Memorial Day holiday
  • June 22 - Summer 2016, Second 5-week session, first day of classes
  • July 4 - Independence Day holiday