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This Leadership Team Newsletter is published every two weeks by the Dean's Office in the College of Health at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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April 27, 2017
Harriet Paule Wins UAA Staff Recognition Award!

Congratulations to our very own Harriet Paule, winner of the first UAA Staff Recognition Award! Harriet, executive administrative assistant for the College of Health, can always be called upon with questions, and if she doesn't have the answer, she will find it. Harriet is cheerful and positive, and her responses are always for the good of all and the University. It doesn't matter if more work comes her way, Harriet smiles and accomplishes all tasks. Thank you, Harriet, for all you do for the College of Health!

Brenda Levesque (Co-Vice President of UAA Staff Council) and Ryan Hill (Co-President) present the award to Harriet.

Staff Council would like to recognize the hard work and importance of our talented staff at UAA. This award is to recognize our staff members who have contributed to the success of the university. We feel strongly that it is important as a Council to acknowledge our staff.
COH Curriculum Committee Meets Wednesdays  

For the Fall 2016 semester, the COH Curriculum Committee will meet Wednesdays, 3-4:30 pm. Submissions need to be in the CIM system ready for committee review by 9 am Monday the week prior. Contact Harriet Paule,, with questions and to co-ordinate pre-review of submissions prior to starting CIM workflow processing.
Unit Updates
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Alaska AHEC and Pharm D Program Partner for Kids Day Outreach
The UAA Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce-Alaska's AHEC and the UAA/ISU Doctor of Pharmacy Program spent Saturday April 15th at Anchorage's Promise - 2017 Kid's Day. Kids Day is an annual citywide eve nt full of fun and educational opportunities for youth and their families, bringing thousands of people into the Dena'ina Center and other venues across town.
As part of a National AHEC (Area Health Education Center) project funded by the Center for Disease Control, the Alaska AHEC partnered with the American Cancer Society to conduct provider trainings and community outreach to increase the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates. HPV is the leading cause of cervical and oral cancers, so by teaching parents the importance of HPV vaccination, and helping them overcome any hesitancy about the vaccine, we can greatly reduce these devastating diseases. The ACS partnership has allowed the Alaska AHEC to work across state lines and also provide this outreach in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

Pat Sammartino (Alaska AHEC), Abby Struffert (American Cancer Society), Tiffany Ma (PharmD Student), and Janelle Solbos (PharmD Student)

As members of the American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), the UAA/ISU Doctor of Pharmacy students do outreach and community education. Partnering with the AHEC for Kid's Day was a natural fit. T hey discussed with families the importance of all vaccinations needed to keep Alaska's youth safe and healthy, and were delighted by the positive reception they received as up and coming health providers for the state.
The kids enjoyed dressing up and imagining themselves as future pharmacists and other health professionals. We expect we will see many of these young people grow up to be health providers in Alaska, and with continued outreach collaborations, the future of Alaska looks healthy indeed.
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ECHO Autism and ECHO TABI Clinics Launching in May  
ECHO is a model to reduce health disparities by increasing the capacity of the healthcare workforce to provide disease specific best-practice care. ECHO uses videoconferencing to deliver didactic presentations and case-based learning to primary care teams across the state. Additional information is available at
Upcoming ECHO Autism Clinic Dates:
May 11, 2017             What is Autism
May 25, 2017             While You Wait
June 8, 2017             Anxiety & Autism
June 22, 2017           ADHD & Autism
For questions, contact Meghan Clark, Register at

Upcoming ECHO TABI Clinic Dates:
May 11, 2017             Screening and Treatment for Brain Injury
May 25, 2017             Medication Management
June 8, 2017             (To Be Announced)
June 22, 2017           What Do Therapies Do?
For questions, contact Danielle Reed, Register at
Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program - - - -

Erin Kuester Receives Mary Fiorentino Memorial Scholarship
Congratulations to Erin Kuester, recipient of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation's 2017 Mary Fiorentino Memorial Scholarship. This prestigious national scholarship is awarded to only one occupational therapy student per year in support of the AOTF's vision to advance the science of occupational therapy. Erin is an entry-level occupational therapy doctoral student in the University Alaska Anchorage/ Creighton University OT program. Her merit of this scholarship is due in part to her stellar academic standing, as well as her research and community service contributions in Alaska. Erin is the principal investigator of a research study examining occupation-centered practices by Alaskan occupational therapy fieldwork educators and students. She also volunteers for Challenge Alaska and the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and previously worked in outdoor leadership education supporting adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders. Erin will complete her clinical education rotations at Providence Alaska Medical Center, My Heroes Therapy at Colorado State University, and at Southcentral Foundation.
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Jamie Elswick Wins 2017 Selkregg Award
Congratulations to Jamie Elswick, recipient of the 2017 Selkregg Community Engagement & Learning Award. Jamie, a term instructor of anatomy in WWAMI, was selected for her project, "Mobile Foot Clinic for Anchorage's Homeless Population." The Green & Gold writes, "Elswick's project brings together a collaboration among the WWAMI School of Medicine, UAA's Nursing faculty, Central Lutheran Church and local outreach partnerships to deliver mobile basic foot, nail, and wound care to Anchorage's vulnerable homeless population" (Green & Gold, 4/21/17). 
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Students Inducted into National Criminal Justice Honor Society
Prof. Ryan Fortson , Justice faculty, presided over the induction of students into Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Alpha Phi Sigma recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate and graduate students of criminal justice as well as juris doctorate students. Congratulations to the following new members:

- Josephine Davis (Justice major, Legal Studies minor)
- Jared Dee (Justice major)
- Hideki Kimura (Justice major)
- Joseph McMahon (Justice major)
- Joshua Medina (Justice major)
- Jennifer Merly (Justice major)
- Jenna Mixson (Justice major)
- Shiela Morrison  (Legal Studies major)


Corrections Aiming to Be Gold Standard in Treating Mentally Ill
In many areas, Alaska lags behind other states, but not in its treatment of the mentally ill in its correctional institutions. According to Adam Rutherford, Chief Mental Health Officer for the Department of Corrections (DOC), "We are practicing evidenced-based interventions; we are a leader in this area. We want to be the gold standard in mental health care." Rutherford, along with Laura Brooks (Director of Health and Rehabilitation Services for DOC), Shannon Cross-Azbill (Clinical Director for the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), and Heidi Redick (DJJ Chief Probation Officer) spoke at UAA earlier this month on how the mentally ill are being served in both the adult corrections and juvenile justice, sponsored by the UAA Justice Club. For more information, visit:

(l-r) Shannon Cross-Azbill, Heidi Redick, Laura Brooks, and Adam Rutherford

ACLU of Alaska's Tara Rich Speaks to Prof. Brandeis' Civil Liberties Class
ACLU of Alaska's Legal and Policy Director Tara Rich spoke to Prof. Jason Brandeis' Civil Liberties class. Rich gave a presentation on the ACLU's nationwide Campaign for Smart Justice and engaged the class in a discussion of criminal justice issues in Alaska. At the end of the class, Rich distributed pocket-sized constitutions to all of the students.

Center for Advocacy, Relationships, and Sexual Violence Grand Opening
The 2016 University of Alaska Campus Climate Survey, conducted by Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein, Justice faculty, found that University of Alaska students who experienced sexual violence rarely chose to disclose their victimization to authorities or a sexual assault advocate. The results of the campus climate survey, in combination with efforts of many across UAA to provide better victim services, led to a partnership with STAR and the grand opening of the  Center for Advocacy, Relationships, and Sexual Violenceon UAA's campus on Friday, April 21.
Prof. Brandeis Presents Information on Marijuana Law at Continuing Legal Education for Alaska Lawyers
On April 20, Prof. Jason Brandeis, Justice faculty, gave two presentations at a day-long continuing legal education course for members of the Alaska Bar Association focused on marijuana law in Alaska at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center. He presented on legal developments in federal and state marijuana laws, providing a historical overview and discussion of pertinent state/federal conflicts. He also did a presentation on ethics in marijuana law .  
Sen. Dan Sullivan Thanks Dr. Blumenstein for Highlighting "Critical Issue for Our State"
Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein , Justice faculty, received a congratulatory note from Sen. Dan Sullivan on the Rose Day Award by the Zonta Club of Anchorage for her work to improve the lives of Alaskans through research into domestic violence and sexual assault. Sen. Sullivan thanked Dr. Blumenstein for her work to highlight this "critical issue for our state."
UAA Justice Club Works to Strengthen Student Involvement
UAA Justice Club's emphasis on service, and its effort to strengthen year-to-year student involvement, is driving a merger with the Pre-Law Society. According to Brad Foster, club president and criminal justice major, "Pre-Law Society is actually going to be dissolving into the Justice Club, and the new club is going to be called the Society of Law and Justice." For more information, visit:

Austin Rodgers, Justice Club secretary (photo credit: Young Kim)
Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • May 1 - UAFT workload due from dean to faculty
  • May 3 - UNAC workload due from dean to unit member
  • May 7 - Spring Commencement
  • May 11 - Leadership team meeting
  • May 13 - UAFT & UNAC notification from faculty planning to stand for promotion and tenure, list of external reviewers due to dean
  • May 25 - Leadership team meeting
  • May 29 - Memorial Day Holiday
  • June 15 - Leadership team meeting; Fall 2017 admissions applications due