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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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June 22, 2017
Understanding How HIPAA Applies to UAA    

The College of Health is sponsoring a HIPAA training session on Monday, June 26 from 1-3:30 pm in LIB 307. Ryan Meade, JD and Debbie Troklus, CHC-F, CCEP-F, CHRC, CHPC from Aegis Ethics and Compliance Center will present information on how HIPAA regulations apply to the University of Alaska. All interested administrators, faculty, and staff are invited to attend. Download a flyer (pdf).
Unit Updates
Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Maryann Hoke Attends ACSM Annual Summit, Hosts Mini Conference
Maryann Hoke, four students, and one HPER Alumni attended the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Summit and competed in the conference's student bowl. We are proud of their sixth place finish. We are also excited to have representation at a national event like this. On another note, Maryann also worked with an HPER student to host a 2-day ACSM Mini-Conference at UAA. About 70 students and professionals attended.
Poster on HPER Employee Wellness Program Presented at Conference
Kyra McKay, HPER Employee Wellness Coordinator, had her poster "Creating a Culture of Wellness on Campus: Students Teaching the Masters" accepted for presentation at the National Wellness Conference. Both Kyra and Dr. Jean Marcey attended the conference and presented the poster in June. The poster included information from the HPER Employee Wellness Program that has used students to develop and instruct employee wellness breaks.


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Four New BSHS Graduates Pass CHES Exam!
Four UAA graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) Program are the first to have successfully passed the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam, taken in April 2017. Congratulations to Jessica Clary, Kimberly Amaya, Carol Brady, and Terriann Shell!
The CHES certification signifies that they have met the academic preparation qualifications and successfully passed the arduous national examination through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Their knowledge, skills, competencies, and future continuing education support their commitment to the profession.

(l-r) Kimberly Amaya, Jessica Clary, Carol Brady, and Terriann Shell

MPH Faculty and Students Participate in Collaborative Arctic Summer School in Epidemiology
Department of Health Sciences faculty Dr. Rhonda Johnson and Dr. Philippe Amstislavski are currently serving as faculty for the Collaborative Arctic Summer School in Epidemiology (CASE) being held near Arkhangelsk, Russia June 19-24, 2017. Four UAA Master of Public Health (MPH) students--Jessie Doherty, Karen Doster, Shannon Shea, and Katrina McCandless--were also selected for participation, along with several other graduate students from Canada, Norway, and Russia. Travel support for the Alaskans and others was provided by High North funding from Norway.

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Myrstol and Valle Present Results First Data

During the week of June 12, Dr. Brad Myrstol
, Justice Center faculty, and Dr. Araceli Valle, AJiC research professional, presented  Results First benefit-to-cost model estimates on Alaska adult criminal justice programs to Alaska legislators, the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC), and Alaska Criminal Justice Working Group (ACJWG). The commission is charged by the Legislature with evaluating and making recommendations to improve criminal laws and practices, with the goal of enhancing public safety, offender rehabilitation, and victim restitution, as well as reducing costs. Alaska is one of more than 30 jurisdictions throughout the country partnering with the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative to use innovative research tools to analyze the benefit-to-cost ratio of evidence-based programs to reduce recidivism. For more information, visit:

(l-r) Emlyn Struthers, Pew-MacArthur Results First, Dr. Brad Myrstol, and Dr. Araceli Valle
Results on Alaska Victimization Survey Presented at World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Alaska Victimization Survey presentation 
Dr. André Rosay
, Justice Center director, presented findings from the Alaska Victimization Survey, funded by the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA), with L. Diane Casto, CDVSA executive director. Results showed that 11.5%, or 1 in 9, Alaskan women aged 60 and older experienced psychological or physical abuse in the past year. Casto calls the number of women experiencing abuse unacceptable. The CDVSA will use data from Justice Center research to inform future work on elder abuse. Women who are experiencing abuse are urged to contact CDVSA for resources
and information: 907-465-4356. A detailed article on Dr. Rosay's findings will be in the summer 2017 edition of the Alaska Justice Forum.   

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Justice Center Research Provides Opportunity to Move CDVSA Forward
Dr. André Rosay , Justice Center director, Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice faculty, and Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein, Justice faculty, met with Alaska's Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA) yesterday to provide updates on ongoing DVSA research. "Having a group like the Justice Center provides a huge opportunity to move us forward," said CDVSA Executive Director L. Diane Casto in response to Justice Center faculty reports on research. Casto and the Council will be recommending additional areas for Justice Center study to help focus future CDVSA efforts. Justice faculty provided a Powerpoint presentation with status updates. For more information, and to watch the presentation, visit:

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RRANN Nursing Camp Featured on KTVA News and Alaska Dispatch News
On June 8, 2017, KTVA News featured the Recruitment and Retention of Alaska Natives into Nursing (RRANN) nursing camp that took place in Anchorage. Alaska Dispatch News (ADN) also featured the program in an article on June 11. Around 15 students ages 16-19 from around the state received hands-on experience aimed at getting more young people interested in pursing medical fields in our state.

New Vice Provost Dean Begins Statewide Outreach
Last week, as part of the COH charge to be the lead health campus, incoming Vice-Provost of Health Programs and Dean of the College of Health Jeff Jessee and Incoming Director of Nursing Dr. Marianne Murray visited our UAS campuses, stakeholders, and community members in Juneau and Ketchikan.
The Provost of UAS, Dr. Karen Carey, joined Jeff and Marianne for a site visit with the UAA and UAS nursing faculty. They met with members from the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) who have planned expansions in healthcare in the southeast area.  
In Juneau, Bartlett hospital, a strong supporter of the UAA nursing program, hosted a round table discussion related to the nursing needs and other allied health needs in the hospital and the community at large.
In Ketchikan, Joe Leflore, the outreach nursing faculty, organized a meeting with leaders at Peacehealth Ketchikan Medical Center, a critical access facility. Peacehealth Ketchikan is striving to become a "center of excellence" where 80% of their nurses will need to have at least a BS degree. Dr. Priscilla Shulte, Director of the Ketchikan campus, and members of the UAS team also met with Joe, Jeff, and Marianne regarding the possible expansion of the nursing program. Next stop on the outreach campus tour is Kodiak in July!
Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • June 29 - Leadership team meeting ; Summer 2017, Second 5-week session, first day of classes
  • July 3-4 - Independence Day holiday
  • August 17 - All-College meeting, 11 am - 2 pm (tentative)
  • August 28 - First day of classes, Fall Semester
  • September 4 - Labor Day Holiday