Faculty & Staff Newsletter
May 3, 2019
Dean's message
Valued Faculty and Staff,

Another fantastic semester is in the books. Despite the many external forces impacting the University, you stayed focused and committed to providing an excellent education to our students. As a result of your hard work, the College of Health will graduate 428 students this semester. On average, college graduates are likely to earn $900,000 more than their peers with a high school education ( Forbes). The knowledge and training you provide changes lives for the better. Thank you for all you do.

Before we close out the semester, I want to update you on the College of Health budget. While no one can predict the future, I feel confident that the College of Health is well-positioned to weather our current fiscal storm. Market demand for the healthcare professions in Alaska is high. Many of you likely hear from eager employers at the end of the academic year who are looking to fill their workforce needs. There are simply not enough current healthcare professionals to fill Alaska's workforce demand. As you know, industry growth is predicted to continue for the next decade, and, as a result, the Board of Regents has reaffirmed their goal of doubling the number of College of Health graduates by 2025.

As we move into our FY2020 budget, the Dean's Office remains committed to ensuring you have the tools you need to provide an exceptional education to our students so we can continue to increase the number of graduates we have each year. I look forward to working with you again over the summer or in Fall 2019.

Thank you again for a job well done.
A new advising model for the College of Health
During the academic year, there was a great deal of work conducted on assessing how our advising structures in the College serve students and educational programs. As a result of that assessment, the College is moving to a more centralized advising structure, and we are now in the implementation phase.

This summer, there will be a centralized location and contact information for College of Health advising. The goal of centralizing advising is to create more streamlined processes for students, faculty, and staff to connect on advising issues and management.

The exact details of the location, contact information, and advising caseload distribution are still being finalized and will be provided as soon as they are available.

If you have any questions on this matter, please contact the College of Health Director of Student Success, kdsticka@alaska.edu ; 786-4935.
And the mini golden cow goes to...
Photo of CAFE's award winners
(l to r) Dr. Andre Thorn (CBPP), Devin Feighan (Academic Innovations & eLearning), UAA Chancellor Cathy Sandeen,
Dr. Corrie Whitmore (College of Health), Stasia Straley (CBPP), and Paul Wasko (eWolf ePortfolio).
Congratulations to Dr. Corrie Whitmore, winner of one of the coveted UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE)-Oh-Wow (COW) Awards for exemplary work on behalf of faculty development. Way to go Dr. Whitmore, and congrats to all of the winners!
New faculty research
Exploring the intersection between crime and community
Photo of new reports by Dr. Troy Payne and Dr. Ingrid Johnson
When a young woman discloses to friends and family that her partner is abusing her, how will they react? Can landlords reduce crime at apartments? Two new studies from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Justice Center offer insight into the social behaviors and decisions undertaken by those wishing to seek help or protect themselves from crime.
 
The first study, Female intimate partner violence survivors’ experiences with disclosure to information network members by Dr. Ingrid Johnson (UAA) and Dr. Steven Belenko (Temple University), provides a detailed descriptive analysis of how women who experience intimate partner violence (IPV) disclose their experience and seek help from their informal social networks. The study sample of 200 female IPV survivors demonstrated that most survivors (66%) revealed their experiences to at least one informal network member (INM), with 93.9% agreeing that the disclosure to their INMs helped them as they sought to cope with the situation.
 
“Most survivors of IPV talk to their friends and family about violence, but little is known about what happens when they do so,” said Dr. Johnson, “Our study provides a baseline understanding of how frequently those friends and family react in different ways when a survivor tells them they are experiencing violence. We can then use this information to study which reactions might make a difference in the help-seeking process, which will in turn help friends and family craft their responses to IPV disclosure accordingly.”
 
The three most common reactions survivors experienced after disclosure were listening to the survivors’ feelings, encouragement to discuss their experience, and social validation of partners’ violent behaviors. The three least common reactions by INMs were victim-blaming admonishments, offers of financial assistance, and behaviors that moved to shut down the disclosure conversation.
 
The second study, Place management in neighborhood context: An analysis of crime at apartments in Cincinnati is co-authored by Dr. Troy Payne (UAA), with lead authors Drs. Andrew Gilchrist and Pamela Wilcox (University of Cincinnati), and co-author Dr. Rustu Deryol (University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee). The study examines survey data from 238 Cincinnati-based apartments in 29 neighborhoods to evaluate the impact of building management decision-making on crime.
 
“The study demonstrates that crime is impacted by many factors including both place-level and neighborhood-level effects that interact in complex ways,” said Dr. Payne. “Our findings suggest that crime mitigation measures by property owners in advantaged neighborhoods reduce crime. However, preventative building management practices in disadvantaged neighborhoods have lesser benefit.” 
 
For more UAA Justice Center research, log on to www.uaa.alaska.edu/justice .
Seawolf Stories: Good Medicine
The first-ever Seawolf Stories, a Ted-style story-telling event featuring eight UAA Alumni, was held on April 11, 2019, in the UAA Recital Hall.

Sponsored by the Middle College, the Alumni Association, and the College of Health, Seawolf Stories: Good Medicine was an event for both current and prospective students.

"We are finding many college students today are interested in health but are not sure which degree path or career they should pursue," said Dr. Holly Martinson WWAMI faculty and Seawolf Stories project manager. "The overall goal of Seawolf Stories is to showcase the unique academic and health career pathways of our UAA Alumni to current and future UAA students, faculty, staff, and the Anchorage community. In addition to the Seawolf Stories live event, we recorded each talk so that students can watch them to learn how UAA Alumni utilized their educational experience for their particular career."

All eight videos will be posted to the College of Health YouTube.
College of Health in the news
Dr. Micah Hahn's research regarding non-native tick species in Alaska was recently featured in both The Washington Post and on KTUU Channel 2.
Breast cancer research by Drs. Max Kullberg and Holly Martinson was featured in the Anchorage Press.
Dr. Ingrid Johnson's research for the Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance was featured on KTVA Channel 11 . Johnson i s collecting the experiences and perspectives of Alaskans who reported a sexual assault to the Alaska State Troopers between 2006 and 2016 to help guide improvements to future sexual assault response systems.
ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) in the Green & Gold
New partnership launches first-in-the-nation training for comprehensive forensic documentation
Anchorage Police Department (APD) Deputy Chief Ken McCoy (left), Talk of Alaska Producer Zakiya McCummings (center), and UAA Alaska Comprehensive Forensic Training Academy Program Developer Dr. Angelia Trujillo prepare for Talk of Alaska on Tuesday, May 1, 2019.
The Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA) and the College of Health have partnered to offer the Alaska Comprehensive Forensic Training Academy (ACFTA), designed to provide nurses and health care providers with important skills and tools to assist victims of trauma with an eye towards justice. ACFTA is a pilot program and no other state has implemented the same type of training.

ACFTA consists of 20-25 hours of online modules, followed by 20-25 hours of face-to-face learning. Courses will cover topics including strangulation, DNA issues, evidence collection, and responding to cases of intimate partner violence.

“Many areas of Alaska lack providers trained to document and collect medical evidence in a trauma-informed manner that also preserves that evidence for use in a criminal or other case,” CDVSA Director L. Diane Casto said. “Through this partnership, health care providers across the state will be able to provide skilled care for victims in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic event while ensuring that justice can be served. CDVSA is excited to support this training academy to grow and enhance our victim-centered workforce.”

Registration for the first ACFTA class began March 15, 2019, with the first in-person class being held at UAA on May 14-16.  Applications for full or partial travel scholarships to the in-person training are available. 

“Interpersonal violence issues affect all Alaskans,” UAA College of Health and Program Developer Dr. Angelia Trujillo said. “By ensuring the proper collection of the forensic evidence related to crimes, Alaska nurses and healthcare providers that complete the ACFTA empower victims by preserving critical data that will aid crime victims in their pursuit of justice.”

For more information on ACFTA log on to the CDVSA Web site.

To register, click on the ACFTA Course registration link.
Longevity Anniversaries
35 years
Allan Barnes
30 years
Lynn Murphy
25 years
Karen Ward
Maureen O'Malley
20 years
Teresa Rzecycki
Deborah Periman
15 years
Carol Senette
Catherine Sullivan
Torgor Volden
Rhonda Johnson
10 years
Kendra Sticka
Carey Brown
Martha Carver
Danielle Dixon
Cynthia Jones
Jeannne Taylor
Katalin Frost
Elizabeth Hodges
Jennifer Meyer
Bradley Myrstol
5 years
Summer LeFebver
LynnAnn Tew
Yvonne Chase
Terese Swayman
Jenifer Taylor
Nicola Person Allen
Susan Camasi
Bonnie Gonzales

Anastasia Monyahan
Heather Nice
Whitney Tisdale
Corinne Bryant
Philip Amstislavski
Gloria Burnett
Max Kullberg
Holly Martinson
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