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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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November 17, 2016
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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New Federal Research Grant Focuses on Customized Employment for Individuals with Serious Psychiatric Disabilities
Eight years and seven submissions later, CHD's perseverance paid off with a federal research grant award from the National Institute on Disabilities, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. CHD was awarded this three-year grant to conduct research on a customized employment (CE) model for individuals with serious psychiatric disabilities (SPDs). This project will train and support 18 employment specialists to implement CE with job seekers with SPDs, assess the feasibility and implementation integrity of the CE model, and evaluate CE for effects on employment outcomes (i.e., job acquisition, job retention, hours worked, wages, and job satisfaction).

Outcomes of this three-year project include placing at least 65 Alaskans with SPDs in customized jobs, documenting CE outcomes as compared to other employment services, documenting the barriers and facilitators of CE, and disseminating results and information to increase the understanding and standardization of CE within the vocational rehabilitation system. Karen Ward will serve as PI, and other key personnel include Karen Heath, Danielle Reed, Curtis Smith, and Kathi Trawver (School of Social Work).

(l-r) Karen Heath, Danielle Reed, Kathi Trawver , Karen Ward, and Curtis Smith
Seeking Leaders for Alaska Geriatrics Interdisciplinary Leadership Development Program
The AK GILD (Alaska Geriatrics Interdisciplinary Leadership Development) - UA Faculty Track is an opportunity for health and behavioral health faculty to participate in a one-credit summer assignment with a focus on geriatrics and person-centered care. Approximately 100 hours are required: 16 hours on-site at the Nuka System of Care, at least 4 hours of didactic learning, and 40 hours for curriculum revisions and/or formal presentation preparation to incorporate geriatrics content into existing program curriculum. Also included is resource support for curriculum redesign and attendance at the June 2017 Alaska Nuka System of Care conference. Two seats for each cohort will focus specifically on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia. Travel is covered for those outside the Anchorage/ Mat-Su region.

The AK GILD program is a partnership between Southcentral Foundation's Nuka System of Care and the UAA Center for Human Development. The overarching goal of this program is to create the next generation of leaders who will dramatically improve systems of care that support the health and quality of life for older Alaskans.  
Program activities run May 19 - July 1, 2017, with program completion on September 15, 2017. The Southcentral Foundation Nuka conference takes place June 19-23, 2017. For more information, contact Co-PIs: Rosellen Rosich at / 907-264-6251 or Sheila Shinn at / 907-264-6251.
CHD Faculty Present Webinar on Friendships & Dating Program
On October 20, Dr. Karen Ward and Julie Atkinson presented a national webinar on behalf of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) on the Friendships & Dating Program. Over 150 participants across the US joined the webinar. The presentation detailed the development and implementation of the evidence-based Friendships & Dating Program. The program promotes healthy, meaningful relationships in lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information, and to view the webinar, visit:
SAVE THE DATE! 16th Annual Full Lives Conference for Direct Service Professionals
The 2017 Full Lives Conference will be held March 22-23 at the Hotel Captain Cook in downtown Anchorage. The conference is specifically designed for direct care professionals working in the field of developmental disabilities, behavioral health, traumatic brain injuries, substance abuse/prevention, and/or senior services. The Full Lives Conference will feature numerous sessions on key issues affecting direct support professionals and the people they support. Registration will open in early January. Watch for announcements and the call for proposals! For more information, call Megan Moody at 608-658-9695 or visit:
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Health Sciences Faculty Participate in Preview Day
Dr. Corrie Whitmore and Dr. Travis Hedwig participated in UAA Preview Day on November 4th. Preview Day gives prospective students and guests access to classes, professors, and other important information on student clubs, financial aid, and admissions.

Dr. Corrie Whitmore 
Health Policy Students Tour UAA Water and Sewer Demonstration House
On Tuesday November 8, as an example of policy in action, Dr. Whitmore's HS 492: Contemporary Health Policy students met with Dr. Aaron Dotson and toured UAA's Alaska Water and Sewer Challenge Demonstration House. They discussed how the project came into being and its potential influence on future water and sewer policy in Alaska. More information about the UAA Water and Sewer Challenge project is available online at or

MPH Program Admits 14 News Students
The MPH Program Admissions Committee recently completed their bi-annual review of applications. A total of 14 news students were accepted into the program for Spring 2017, and advising begins this fall semester. We look forward to welcoming them in their online classes in January.

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Occupational Therapy Doctorate Student Erin Kuester Recipient of National ASAHP Scholarship
The UAA/Creighton Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program is pleased to announce that Erin Kuester (OTD student in the Alaska Pathway) is a recipient of the national Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) Scholarship of Excellence Initiative Award for $1,000. The purpose of the ASAHP scholarship program is to recognize outstanding students in allied health professions who are achieving excellence in their academic programs and have significant potential to assume future leadership roles in the allied health professions.

Erin is a member of the Alaska Distance Pathway, Class of 2018. Like many of our Alaska cohorts, she is active in a variety of outdoor activities, guiding and leading groups and individuals in education in the wilderness. Erin has also been involved in a wilderness therapeutic residential setting for adjudicated and at-risk youth, and is actively involved in the student and professional organizations in Alaska and UAA. We are extremely pleased and proud of Erin and look forward to her continuing impact on the profession as she develops her professional career.

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UAA Medical Assisting Program Named in Top 10 MA Programs
The UAA School of Allied Health's Medical Assisting Program was mentioned as one of the top 10 MA schools in the country on an online review:
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Sign Up for the Justice Club Outrun Hunger 5K Run/Walk!
The UAA Justice Club is sponsoring the Outrun Hunger 5K Run/Walk to help support the Anchorage homeless. The race will take place at noon on Saturday, November 19 at Goose Lake Park. Entry fee is $35, which includes a T-shirt with the Outrun Hunger design. The club will donate a portion of the entry fees to local homeless shelters. For information and a registration application, please email . Additional information can also be found at: . Follow the Justice Club on Facebook:
Alaska Native Law Symposium Draws Wide Array of Attendees
"Adapting for the Next Generation: The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act at 45 and the 32nd Annual Alaska Native Law Conference" drew over 75 attendees on October 14, including lawyers, Native village and corporation representatives, state and federal agency staff, and UAA faculty and students. The free day-long symposium was co-sponsored by the UAA Justice Center, the Alaska Law Review, and the Alaska Native Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association. For more information, visit: .
Khristy Parker Interviewed by KTUU Channel 2 News about Fact Sheet on Homicides in Alaska
Khristy Parker , Research Professional, was interviewed by KTUU Channel 2 News about the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center newly released Fact Sheet "Homicide in Alaska, 1986-2015." For more information, visit: .
College of Health Faculty and Students Present at Housing and Homelessness Conference
On October 11, faculty and students presented at the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness Annual Conference in Anchorage. Dr. Payne (Justice Center), Dr. Donna Aguiniga (School of Social Work), and Dr. Travis Hedwig (Department of Health Sciences) discussed their research on homeless Anchorage youth and UAA students experiencing homelessness. Dr. Sharon Chamard (Justice Center) discussed homeless encampments, and College of Health nursing students presented about their service learning project from the Nursing Therapeutic II class - the Senior Nursing Capstone Project. For more information, visit: .


LEGL 487 Students Present a Simulated Trial before Alaska Superior Court Judge
Prof. Ryan Fortson, JD, PhD , Justice Center Legal Studies faculty, held a simulated trial in his Legal 487 - Trial and Advanced Litigation Processes course in October. Students prepared arguments for a hypothetical case. They examined and cross-examined witnesses and gave opening statements and closing arguments before Alaska Superior Court Judge Sen Tan (Ret.). Judge Tan rendered a decision after the case was presented. For more information, visit: .  

Justice Faculty, APD Officers, and AWAIC Representative Discuss Domestic Violence

On October 20, Justice faculty Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein
and Dr. Troy Payne joined APD Officers Lisa Whitmore and Rhonda Street and  AWAIC Community Education Coordinator Emily Sannini at a Domestic Violence Action Roundtable. This event was co-sponsored by the UAA Justice Center and the Justice Club. Dr. Troy Payne is the faculty advisor for the Justice Club. For more information, visit: .
Video Released on Research Report by Dr. Rosay on Violence Against American Indians and Alaska Natives
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) recently released the video "Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men," based on the NIJ report authored by Justice Center director Dr. André Rosay. The video was shown for the first time in Alaska on October 19 at the Alaska Native Listening Session in Fairbanks, sponsored by the Office of Violence Against Women. To see the video or read the transcript, visit: .
Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • November 24-25 - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 18 - Fall commencement
  • December 26-27 - Winter holiday
  • December 24 - January 1 - Campus closed
  • January 2-3 - New Year's holiday