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April 30, 2015
First Interprofessional Grand Rounds Event a Success


More than 30 students and faculty attended the first interprofessional Grand Rounds event in April, organized by the COH interprofessional education committee. Attendees were divided into small groups to discuss a case study focusing on a young foster child with the measles. The small groups were organized so each group contained several different disciplines. The discussion was rich, and students learned from one another.


Two additional Grand Rounds events are planned for the fall. One will be on September 11th with a case study on victimization. The second will take place November 13th and have a case study about a problem pregnancy. Consider including these events in your fall syllabi!  


The COH Welcomes the Dietetics & Nutrition Programs


Beginning July 1st, the Dietetics and Nutrition programs will move from the Community & Technical College to the College of Health. "The primary reason for this change is one of mission alignment. The Dietetics and Nutrition programs dovetail with those currently offered by the College of Health, especially as COH places an increasing emphasis on preparing professionals to meet the health needs of Alaskans." For more information, visit:



COH Curriculum Committee to Meet Wednesdays


The COH Curriculum Committee will hold its regular meeting on Wednesdays, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm. The deadline for submission of materials for committee review is Monday at 9am, the week prior to the meeting. Submit electronic files in Word format to Harriet Paule ( To assist you in submitting materials to the curriculum committee, download the " COH Faculty Curriculum Submission Guide AY 14/15" (doc).


Unit Updates
Center for Community Engagement and
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Writing Intensive for Community Engagement Available to Faculty


A Writing Intensive for Community Engagement will be offered each day on May 11-13, 9 am - 3 pm for faculty who are interested in furthering their engaged scholarship. Dr. Patti Clayton, who publishes frequently in the field of service learning and community engagement, will lead the workshop, which will include chunks of time for writing. We intend to call for book chapters, emphasizing the importance of place in working with community, and possibly make comparisons with two other universities. Faculty are invited to contribute to this book or to focus on journal articles or other scholarly writing. Faculty are welcome to bring anything from an idea to a rough draft.


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New Student Club to Serve People with Intellectual Disabilities


Under the faculty guidance of Rachel J. Muir, MSN, FNP-BC, School of Nursing, UAA established an American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) Student Chapter to improve the quality of healthcare for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders and intellectual disabilities. The club is associated with CHD's LEND program, and supported by a grant from the Special Hope Foundation.


Spread the WordThe student group held a "Spread the Word to End the Word" event in the student union to help raise awareness of the harm everyday use of the "R-Word" does (visit The "r word" is a derogatory term used for people who experience an intellectual disability. Members of the group also participated in the Autism Walk on 4/25/15. The club plans to offer "lunch and learn" events for interested classes or groups in 2015-16.


The club will use an interdisciplinary approach and include students from a wide range of health related fields. For more information, contact Rain Van Den Berg at


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MPH Open House and Graduation Celebration


The MPH program is hosting an Open House and Graduation Celebration:


Friday, May 1, 2015, 4:30-6:30 pm

1901 Bragaw Street, Suite 220
(Next to East High School)


Delta Omega Awards will take place at 5:30 pm. Please RSVP to Katie Frost at Come see our new space and congratulate our graduates!    


MPH Course Information Available 


Summer is just around the corner! For information and descriptions on summer core classes and electives, download a flyer: (pdf).  


Dr. Garcia Appointed to Anchorage Municipality HHS Commission


On April 14th, Dr. Gabriel Garcia, Associate Professor of Public Health, was appointed as one of the members in the Anchorage Municipality Health and Human Services Commission. 


Dr. Miller Serves on HRSA Review Committee


On April 14-15, Dr. Jenny Miller, Director of the Department of Health Sciences, served as an objective review committee member for HRSA grant applications for the Centers of Excellence in Maternal & Child Health in Education, Science, and Practice.


Dr. Hodges Snyder Edits Books on Urban Gardening


Dr. Elizabeth Hodges Snyder, MPH Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Public Health, along with two colleagues, is publishing (Springer) a two-volume book on urban gardening. The titles of the books are "Sowing Seeds in the City: Urban Agriculture Ecosystem and Municipal Considerations" and "Sowing Seeds in the City: Human Considerations of Urban Agriculture." The volumes contain contributions from Dr. Nancy Nix (MPH Program), along with other individuals engaged in food work in Alaska.


DHS Faculty Members Selected for Fellows Program


Faculty members Dr. Rhonda Johnson, Dr. Travis Hedwig, and Dr. Philippe Amstislavski were selected to participate in the 2015-16 Technology Fellows Program.


Dr. Ho dges Snyder Publishes Article on Food Security in Alaska

Dr. Elizabeth Hodges S nyder and co-author Ken Meter published the article "Food in the Last Frontier: Inside Alaska's Food Security Challenges and Opportunities" in the May/June 2015 issue of Environment Magazine. To read the full article, visit: 

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Justice Faculty Members Named Influential Persons by Students


(l to r) Dr. Lepage and Dr. Payne

Dr. Troy Payne and Dr. Cory R. Lepage, Justice faculty, were named influential persons by first-year/ second-year students at UAA. The Division of Student Access, Advising and Transition within the Office of Student Affairs asked first- and second-year students who took the MAPworks surveys during the 2014-2015 academic year to name "a faculty member who has assisted them the most in their academic success at UAA." For more information, visit:


Dr. Lepage to Evaluate Pre-Trial Diversion Program


Dr. Cory R. Lepage, UAA Justice Center faculty, and Prof. Jeff D. May, UAF Justice Department, will conduct an evaluation of a pre-trial diversion program in the Anchorage Municipal Prosecutor's Office. Phase 1 will focus on justice system cost savings as a result of this program. The general goal of pre-trial diversion programs is to "divert" offenders from adjudication and possible incarceration to a program with specific conditions for compliance. For more information, visit:


Dr. Blumenstein Interviewed by Channel 2 News on Sexual Assaults in Anchorage


Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein, Justice faculty, was interviewed by KTUU Channel 2 News about the frequency of sexual assaults by strangers and the sexual assault incidents in Anchorage. Dr. Blumenstein's research areas include intimate partner violence, campus sexual assault, substance abuse, and criminological theory. For more information, visit:


Justice Center Collaborates on Behavioral Health Needs Assessment


Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice faculty, is collaborating with faculty from other UAA units in conducting a community behavioral health needs assessment. The UAA research team will analyze data from the assessment to help determine behavioral health priorities concerning mental health, substance use, and suicide for youth and young adults in Anchorage. The UAA Center for Human Development heads the research team, which includes the Justice Center, Behavioral Health Research Services, and the Department of Health Sciences. For more information, visit:


Prof. Brandeis Interviewed by Channel 11 News on Pending US Supreme Court Case on Same-Sex Marriage


 Prof. Jason Brandeis, JD, was interviewed April 28 by KTVA Channel 11 News about the pending US Supreme Court case on same-sex marriage. Prof. Brandeis teaches courses on American government, constitutional law, and civil liberties, and is a frequent speaker on constitutional law and other legal issues. For more information, visit:


Prof. Fortson Coordinates Alaska High School Mock Trial Competition


Prof. Ryan Fortson, JD, is the State Coordinator for the Alaska High School Mock Trial Competition. At this year's annual competition, held March 26 - 28, he was one of numerous judges, lawyers, and non-lawyer volunteers for the event held in Anchorage at the Boney Courthouse. Over 60 students from high schools in Southcentral, Southeast, and Interior Alaska participated. South High School won this year's competition, and West Anchorage High School was runner-up. For more information, visit:


Students Present Mock Oral Arguments Before Judge Kennedy


Prof. Kristin Knudsen, JD, MLS, recently held mock oral arguments in her course "Civil Procedure and PreTrial Practice." Students were given an actual pending US Supreme Court case which they then researched to determine what issues arose at the US District Court level that prompted an appeal. Their mock oral arguments replicated the proceedings at the US District Court. Students presented their arguments before Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge Christopher Kennedy of the Alaska Office of Administrative Hearings. For more information, visit:



Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • May 3 - Commencement 

  • May 4 - UNAC workloads due from dean to faculty

  • May 8 - UNAC workloads due to OAA* 

  • May 9 - UNAC notification to dean from faculty planning to stand for P&T w/list of external reviewers

  • May 25 - Memorial Day holiday


    *Note: dates to be established for when these items are due to the dean's office.