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February 18, 2016
COH Curriculum Committee Meets Wednesdays

The COH Curriculum Committee holds its regular meetings on Wednesdays, 10 am - 11:30 am in PSB 122C. The deadline for submission of materials for committee review is Monday at 9 am, the week prior to the meeting. For more information on the
procedures for accepting and processing curriculum submissions, as well as contact information, download the following document (pdf):
Unit Updates
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Free Counseling Available on Work Incentives Planning
The Center for Human Development's Alaska Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Project provides free benefits counseling to people who receive Social Security disability and are working or about to work. We provide specific information on how work will impact your benefits, how to report wages, and other SSA work incentives. If you know someone who might need this service, contact Larrisa Cummings at 272-8270 or
CHD Provides Information Table at Stone Soup Group Parent Conference
The Center for Human Development had an information table at the Stone Soup Group Parent Conference February 12-13 on campus in Cuddy Hall. The table highlighted UAA's TAPESTRY Summer Academy for college students with intellectual and cognitive disabilities, and the Alaska LEND Without Walls, a leadership program for graduate students working in health fields related to disability. Stone Soup is a statewide non-profit organization supporting families with children who have disabilities. Conference topics included token economies, childhood trauma, Applied Behavior Analysis, person centered planning, and a Fun with Sign Language session.
What's New in the Mat Su? Mental Health First Aid!

The Center for Human Development's Alaska Training Cooperative delivered four Mental Health First Aid courses in December using the Mental Health First Aid for Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Public Safety module at the Mat Su Fire Station training room in Wasilla, Alaska. The largest representation in the training was from Alaska State Troopers who comprised 26% of the 103 participants completing the 8-hour certification course.
Evaluation data was collected from all participants on various data points, including: satisfaction; overall response to the course; strengths, weaknesses, and changes in knowledge around mental health and substance disorders; and applying MHFA as well as changes in the application of knowledge gained. Of the total participants, 93% indicated the training was practical and relevant to their field, and 97% would recommend the training to others. For more information, download the full article (pdf).
Hearing Voices by Teagan Presler
On December 16th, the Center for Human Development's Alaska Training Cooperative provided the opportunity for a unique training for Alaska Child and Family on the topic of internal stimuli. The morning started with a DVD lecture of someone who specializes in auditory stimuli and has auditory hallucinations herself. She was able to describe her experience from a unique standpoint, backing up her experiences with data and research on the subject.
The most thought provoking time period was the second hour of training. We wore headphones with MP3 players designed to simulate what it is like to hear voices. The simulations included static and whispers, angry voices yelling at and insulting you, and a friendly voice saying "we choose you. You are the only one who knows the way." At one point, my voice was telling me everyone was laughing at me and I turned to find my group mates were, in fact, laughing at me. I was supposed to be completing a mock intake assessment with one of the trainers at this point, but had just started staring off into space and laughing without realizing it.

Read more about Teagan's experiences at the training (pdf).

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MPH Students Sweep Poster Contest at Health Summit!
Congratulations to the MPH students and alumni who took top honors in the poster competition at the recent Alaska Public Health Association's 33rd Annual Health Summit!
First Place: Samantha Case - "Analysis of Work-Related
Nonfatal Injuries in Alaska's Aviation Industry, 2000-2013"

Second Place: Fabrice Evengue - "A Descriptive
Analysis of Gastric Cancer in Alaska"

Third Place: Laila Tomkinson - "Environmental Features of Shopping Malls Used by Older Adults for Walking"

Congratulations to Delta Omega Honor Society Inductees
The UAA MPH Program would like to congratulate its most recent cohort of Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health alumni and honorary member inductees. For more information about the Delta Omega Honor Society and previous inductees, visit the DHS web site: We are proud and grateful for all of their good work as Alaskan public health practitioners!

DHS photos by Rhonda Johnson.

School of Social Work - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

BUILD-EXITO Cohort is Recruiting Freshman Students!
The BUILD-EXITO program is recruiting students for its second cohort. EXITO is an NIH-funded initiative with the goal of enhancing undergraduate training in health-related research. Scholars receive extensive mentoring, paid research opportunities, and summer immersion experiences with peers and faculty from UAA, Portland State University, and a consortium of Pacific Rim institutions. If you know of current freshmen (students who plan to graduate in May, 2019) who are interested in graduate school in health-related fields, please have them contact UAA PI Tracey Burke, Social Work,

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Dr. Blumenstein Participated as a Program Panelist for the UAA 2016 Healthy Sexuality Week
Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein, Justice faculty, was one of the panelists following the screening of the documentary "The Hunting Ground" on January 20 and 21. The film examined sexual assaults on US campuses. For more information, visit:

Panelists at Gorsuch Commons. Seated (l to r): Julie Dale, STAR; Officer Michael Beckner, UPD; Bridget Dooley, UAA Title IX Coordinator; Michael Votava, UAA Director of Student Conduct and Ethical Development; Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein, UAA Justice Center; Det. Andrew Cottle, Anchorage Police Department. Standing: American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter Lou Ann Pironti. At podium: Dr. Angela Trujillo, School of Nursing, UAA College of Health.
Dr. Myrstol Interviewed for Article on Anchorage Police Department's Diversification Efforts
Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice faculty, was interviewed by the Alaska Dispatch News for the article "Anchorage Police Department, 82% white, tries to diversify its force" (Jerzy Shedlock, 1/31/16). The article addresses the need for diversity in law enforcement, and the Anchorage Police Department's efforts to attract minority applicants. For more information, and to read the article, visit:
Justice Alumni Spotlight: Munkh-Erdene Tsend-Ochir

Munkh-Erdene Tsend-Ochir
, BA Justice '13 / Paralegal Certificate '13, was appointed judge for the First Instance Criminal Court of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia by the president of Mongolia in October 2015. This court deals with less serious crimes, in somewhat the same way our district courts hear cases about less serious offenses. For more information, visit:
Students Can Earn a $10 Amazon Gift Card b y Taking the UA Campus Climate Survey! 
Spread the word! Students can receive a free $10 Amazon gift card by completing the University of Alaska Campus Climate Survey. The survey will help Justice Center researchers learn more about students' attitudes and how students view the UA campuses system-wide regarding sexual assault and sexual harassment issues and campus safety. Students should have already received an email invitation to complete the survey. For more information, contact Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein, UAA Justice Center,
Dr. Rosay and Lauree Morton Present at Alaska Health Summit
Dr. Andre Rosay , Justice Center Director, and Lauree Morton, Executive Director of the Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA), presented at the 33rd Annual Alaska Health Summit convened by the Alaska Public Health Association. Dr. Rosay and Ms. Morton discussed the Alaska Victimization Survey, the Alaska Dashboard on key issues impacting domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska, and the leading health indicators included in Healthy Alaskans 2020 to reduce the number of Alaskans experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault. For more information, visit:
Dr. Chamard Presents on Crime Prevention at Conference in India
Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice Center faculty, recently gave a presentation at the Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis (ECCA) symposium in Mahabilapuram, Tamil Nadu, India. Her presentation, "'Whack-a-Mole' and Displacement of Illegitimate Users of Public Space," discussed how interventions to move "illegitimate" users from public space do not solve the core problems (e.g., homelessness and substance abuse), because the individuals simply move to other less public locations. While in India, she also visited with officials with the Indian Police Service in Jaipur, Rajasthan at a neighborhood-level station house and at the Police Headquarters. For more information, visit:

(l-r) Dr. Rashi Shukla, University of Central Oklahoma; Dr. Sharon Chamard; Inspector Neeraj Bhardwaj, Station House Officer, Malviya Nagar Station, Jaipur; Dr. Lin Liu, University of Cincinnati and Sun Yat-Sen University
Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • March 14-19 - Spring Break (No classes)
  • March 15 - UAFT & UNAC sabbatical reports / faculty development and research travel grant applications due to OAA
  • March 18 - Spring Break Holiday  
  • April 2 - UAFT workloads due to administrator
  • April 3 - UNAC workload due to faculty  
  • April 15 - Faculty Development and Research Travel Grant Awards to Faculty
  • April 30 - Graduate Hooding Ceremony
  • May 1 - Commencement