Faculty & Staff Newsletter
February 4, 2019
Dean's Message
Valued Faculty & Staff,

Many of you have likely read or watched news coverage about the missing Guardian medivac flight that left from Anchorage on Tuesday, January 29th, and did not arrive in Kake.

Stacie Morse, a student in the 2019 Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) cohort out of UAA's Juneau campus, was the flight nurse on the plane. As you likely have heard, the Coast Guard suspended their search.

Words cannot convey the heartbreak this tragic news brings to the Juneau campus, the School of Nursing, and broader University and Alaska medical communities. We are doing all we can to provide maximum support to affected students, faculty, and staff.

Alaska is a big state that feels like a small town. The loss of friends, colleagues, and our student may conjure up emotions for many. We have support services able to help students, faculty, and staff process their feelings during such times.

We have listed the services available at our main campuses below. If your campus is not listed, or if you are unsure of where to turn, please do not hesitate to contact your campus faculty or Associate Dean Kathy Craft in the Dean's Office to be connected with resources in your area.

As health and safety professionals, you have an intimate understanding of the risks and rewards associated with the life-saving services you provide. Dr. Marianne Murray, director of the School of Nursing, captured this sentiment in her letter to SON students, faculty, and staff when she said:

"It is the love and care of people that inspires
each of us to pursue a life of nursing.
It is a life driven by selfless service to our communities
that comes with innumerable rewards and many risks.
Compassion, a sense of duty to others, and great courage
boarded the plane with Stacie and her crewmates
the night they traveled to Kake.
Their bravery on countless missions
lit the lamp of hope and faith and courage
for many Alaskans in their time of need."

Let us move forward as a College in the coming days with a renewed sense of vigilance to the emotional well-being of our students and each other.

Our hearts are with Stacie's family, friends, and the SON Community. We will work with SON in the coming weeks to find a way to honor Stacie's life and service.

796-6000 (Appointments)
Mourant Bldg 1st Floor
11066 Auke Lake Way
Juneau, AK

UAF Student Health and Counseling Center
Phone: 907-474-7043
203 Whitaker Building
Rasmuson Hall (RH) 116/120

Coordinator  907-786-6065 
Dean of Students office  907-786-1214.  
Additionally, you may send an e-mail to  care@uaa.alaska.edu.
Surgical Technology Receives Initial Accreditation
2-year-old Program Continues Growth
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) awarded initial accreditation to the UAA Surgical Technology program! The next review will occur in 2024.

The program will hold a celebration and open house for students, faculty, staff and community partners later this month.
Seawolf Stories: Good Medicine
April 11, 2019, 7 p.m.
Do you know a former student working in Alaska’s healthcare field with a #UAAmazing journey?

UAA’s Middle College, the College of Health, and the UAA Alumni Association are seeking UAA Alumni working in the healthcare, social work, or caregiver fields who are willing to share their journeys during Seawolf Stories: Good Medicine - stories of healing, helping, and honoring in the 49 th State .  

Seawolf Stories is a “MOTH-style” storytelling event that will occur on April 11 th at UAA.

Alumni applications to participate must be received by February 15, 2019, at 5 p.m. AKST.
WWAMI's New Interim Director
Dr. Megan Ritter
Dr. Megan Ritter has been appointed the WWAMI Foundation Interim Director.

W WAMI is a collaborative medical school among universities in five northwestern states, Washington , Wyoming , Alaska , Montana , and Idaho and the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Before assuming the WWAMI directorship, Dr. Ritter served as UAA's Assistant Clinical Professor of Pathology.

In addition to her new duties with WWAMI, she is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area and serves as the medical director for the Blood Bank of Alaska.

Dr. Ritter received her medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Pregnancy Accommodation Training
Disability Support Service and the Office of Compliance and Equity have implemented a new process to support pregnant students who require accommodation.
The process will assist faculty and help streamline communication and documentation. Please come to the College of Health's pregnancy accommodation training session.

Pregnancy Accommodation Training
Friday, February 15
10:00 am - 11:00 am
RH A110
I mplicit Bias Training
February 22

If you are currently on a hiring search committee, or if you may be asked to participate on one, you are required to have taken Implicit Bias Training. 

CAFÉ is offering Implicit Bias Training for the College of Health on Friday, February 22nd from 11:00a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Allied Health Sciences (AHS) Building, room 147. Video conferencing will also be available for those who cannot attend the training in person.
If you would like to attend the training, please contact Betty Hernandez, 786-0902 or bahernandez@alaska.edu .
Be an Event Judge or Volunteer at Alaska's HOSA Conference
The Southcentral Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is seeking UAA Faculty to participate in the upcoming 2019 HOSA Future Health Professional s conference as judges and event volunteers.

The 2019 Alaska HOSA conference will take place March 21-23, 2019, at the Anchorage Hilton.

The event will include 400 high school students from across the state learning and competing in a variety of events such as medical spelling, job seeking skills, and public speaking.

2019 marks the FIRST YEAR that students from UAA will also be participating as competitors. Competitive events are evaluated with a rubric and volunteers do not need to be subject matter experts to participate.
Student Success: Next Steps
Student Success is a top priority for the College of Health, and academic advising is an integral avenue for helping students achieve their goals.

Here are some updates and opportunities for you to be involved in facilitating student success through advising innovations.
Flipped Advising
Flipped advising is a model that mirrors a “flipped classroom." The concept is that students complete background work before an individual or group advising session so the time in the session is used for a deeper level of learning and development. The College of Health is working with George Steele, a national expert in flipped advising and Paul Wasko, UAA’s ePortfolio Initiative Coordinator, on a pilot to explore how flipped advising may be integrated into advising in the College.
Seawolf Tracks
Seawolf Tracks, the student app, as well as EAB-Navigate, the associated faculty and advisor tool, are up and running! Here are some things to know:

  • Technically, Seawolf Tracks is the name of the student app, and EAB Navigate (formerly EAB Campus) is technically the name of the online tool for advisors and faculty. However, Seawolf Tracks is often used to refer to both systems.

  • EAB Navigate is available for advisors and faculty. Faculty and staff advisors can use it to make notes on advising appointments, view notes from other advisors, pull information on groups of students with specific characteristics (major, GPA, enrolled courses, etc.), and get a quick sense of a student’s academic status. A pilot is underway, under the direction of Vice Provost for Student Success Claudia Lampman, to explore having faculty use it to provide early alerts on students who may be at risk of not succeeding.

  1. Click on the link above.
  2. Go to the bottom of the page to find Getting Started Guide for advisors.
HLTH A151: Breaking Trail on Your Health and Social Services Career
Beginning in Fall 2019, the College of Health will offer a new course that allows students the opportunity to learn about working in a wide range of health and social service careers. Students will use the social determinants of health model to explore their own ideas about health and health outcomes. They will learn about the diverse interprofessional teams and agencies with whom they may work as a professional. Strategies for being successful in college while they pursue health and social service careers will be embedded. If you are a faculty member interested in collaborating on the development of course materials and teaching a section of the course, please see  instructions for applying .
Academic Pathways
Academic pathways, also known as meta-majors or career clusters, is a way to help students start on solid ground when they may not be ready to declare a specific major. The “pathway” helps guide students to classes that will apply to a broad range of majors within their general interest area. The pathways focus on achievement of foundational knowledge and skills through general education courses and major exploration within their interest area. Data is used to advise students and help them choose courses in which they are most likely to succeed given their current level of academic preparation. Click here to register for a session providing information on the implementation plan for academic pathways at UAA.

 Questions? Contact Kendra Sticka or 786-4935.
The Alaska Public Health Association (ALPHA) 2019 Health Summit
More than 13 College of Health faculty and five graduate students presented at the 2019 Health Summit, January 22-24 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage.

Among the cadre of UAA Division of Population Health Sciences presenters was Dr. Micah Hahn ( pictured top left ).

Dr. Hahn served as the Wednesday morning plenary speaker and discussed the development process of Anchorage's Climate Action Plan (CAP), CAP community engagement strategy, and how the health and well-being of Alaskans are integrated throughout CAP.

One of Dr. Hahn's graduate assistants, Gale Disler, participated in the poster presentation sessions held in the Hotel Captain Cook's main lobby.

Disler ( pictured top right ) is in the Master of Public Health program and is working with Dr.Hahn to understand the risk of ticks and tick-borne pathogens in Alaska.

Full presentations from the 2019 ALPHA summit can be found here.
The College of Health in the News
Division of Population Health Sciences helps Seniors connect with health information
Professor Britteny Howell was approached by the editor of The Senior Voice for the Older Persons Action Group (OPAG) at a meeting to contribute to the publications special edition on health and fitness.

Dr. Howell enlisted her research assistant, Kathryn Davis (Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, graduating Spring 2019 with honors) for help writing about what older adults should know regarding the new physical activity guidelines published by the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

The Division of Population Health Sciences and the College of Health are proud of their hard work and thank them for making these new fitness guidelines accessible to the seniors in our community!
UAA Dental Hygienist students hosted KTUU Channel 2 to discuss the UAA Dental Clinic and their need for more patients to meet their graduation requirements.

UAA's Dental Hygienists perform preventive services such as routine dental cleanings, x-rays sealants, fluoride applications, and oral health education. They also provide deep cleanings for patients with gum disease, and can give local anesthesia, place antibiotics around the teeth, and with some additional training, use lasers, and place restorations.

Call for an appointment 907-786-6960 or check out prices at https://bit.ly/2S1NGU0.
The Alaska Training Cooperative on KTVA
KTVA 11's Daybreak visited with a grant recipient of a micro-enterprise grant managed by the Alaska Training Cooperative and the University of Alaska Anchorage Center for Human Development, or CHD.

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