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February 4, 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.

The COH Curriculum Committee adopted new procedures for accepting and processing curriculum submissions through the electronic CIM curriculum software implemented this fall. Faculty working on curriculum development should refer to the new procedures in the "COH Faculty Curriculum Submission Guide AY 15/16" (doc)
. For additional assistance, please confer with your representative or with committee admin, Harriet Paule ( / 786-4852). 

For information on the CIM software, please visit: Or contact the CIM Support Team: Michael Smith, / 786-1555 or Gianna Niva, / 786-4606

Student Opportunity: Study Abroad!

Where in the World Can Your Health Studies Take You? Learn more about a variety of opportunities for studying abroad. UAA's Global Opportunities Expo will provide information on topics such as creating competitive applications, incorporating studies abroad into your degree plan, locations abroad, funding options, and more.  
February 11, 2016, 1:15 - 2:15 pm
Location: AHS 147
For more information, download a flyer. Please pass this exciting opportunity along to your units and classes!

Unit Updates
Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce - Alaska's AHEC - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

The New 2015 Alaska AHEC Annual Report is Out! 
The Alaska AHEC Program is pleased to present the 2015 Annual Report for the Alaska Area Health Education Centers (AHEC). This report explains the AHEC role in health workforce development and traces the journey of two students as they made their way through the AHEC pipeline. It also shares some of the highlights of 2015.
In the past year:
  • Our Health Career Promotion and Preparation programming expanded to include partnerships with the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP), along with a focus on Behavioral Health Career Pathways.
  • Our AHECs provided 330 hours of continuing education to 920 individual participants.
  • We helped place 206 medical students in rural and under-served communities.
  • AHEC partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Alaska Immunization Program to help increase HPV vaccination rates in Alaska, coordinated the Alaskan broadcast of twenty webinars from the University of Washington, trained educators in using simulation as a teaching tool, and piloted programs to address the specific health concerns of veterans and nursing mothers.
The full report contains many more details and clearly demonstrates the impact AHEC has on Alaskan communities and health professionals. If you would like a first-hand view of AHEC at work, the report offers links to websites managed by AHEC, including the Alaska CACHE (Clearinghouse for Alaska's Continuing Health Education), the Alaska Health Careers Resources and the Alaska AHEC Clearinghouse for Clinical Rotations.

Center for Community Engagement and
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Minigrants Enhanced to Support Projects
Faculty Minigrants were enhanced this Spring Semester by a generous grant from Providence Hospital, which allowed us to fully fund numerous projects, including the community engagement project Selling Health: Documentary & Community as Health Innovations & Intervention, with Joy Mapaye, Journalism & Communication, and Gabe Garcia and Travis Hedwig, Department of Health Sciences.
CESAs Awarded to Faculty
Community Engaged Student Assistants (CESAs) were awarded to the following COH faculty: Rhonda Johnson, Travis Hedwig, and Gabe Garcia, Department of Health Sciences; Tracey Burke, Department of Social Work; and Angelia Trujillo, School of Nursing. The CESAs will present their work with faculty to the community in a poster session at the Community Engagement Luncheon Forum on April 22, 2016.
Certificate in Civic Engagement Being Proposed as a Minor
The Certificate in Civic Engagement is being proposed as an 18-credit Minor in Civic & Community Engagement as a change from a 30 credit Certificate. Three CEL courses will be required, the first of which, Introduction to Civic Engagement, is a social science GER. Nine additional credits will be comprised of courses designated as CE or SL. In addition, students completing a practicum or internship in their discipline with a civic focus may request that this substitute for the required Civic Engagement Internship.
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Update on the Friendships and Dating Program
January was a busy month for the Center for Human Development's Friendships and Dating Program. A total of 53 professionals from community agencies participated in two distance delivered train-the-trainer events. Participants were located in Anchorage, Bethel, Kenai, Ketchikan, and the Mat-Su Valley. The Friendships and Dating Program is gaining recognition outside of Alaska. Participants from Wyoming and Calgary, Alberta also attended training. The Friendships and Dating Program teaches individuals 16 years old and older with intellectual and related developmental disabilities or serious emotional disturbance how to develop and maintain healthy relationships and prevent interpersonal violence. For more information, contact Julie Atkinson at

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ADN Features Philippe Amstislavski's Work on Biomaterials
Dr. Philippe Amstislavski, Associate Professor of Public Health, and his team of researches--civil engineering professor Joey Yang and undergraduate chemistry major Maria White--recently finished growing a highly biodegradable insulation from fungus. Most insulation is made from petroleum byproducts and will never fully biodegrade. Read the full article "Hometown U: Growing insulation from fungus" in the Alaska Dispatch News by Kathleen McKoy (1/31/16):
Kari Bernard Presents Poster at Health Summit
Kari Bernard, MS, PA-C, presented a poster titled "Partnering with the Homeless to Train Alaska Healthcare Providers" at the 33rd annual Alaska Health Summit in Anchorage. Kari is a PA-C MEDEX Lecturer with the Department of Health Sciences. Download the full poster (pdf).
(l-r) Dewayne Harris, Executive Director at the Alaska Mental Health Consumer Web; Dawn Macon, Peer Mentor at the Web; and Kari Bernard, MEDEX Northwest PA Training Program

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Melissa Wilson Presents on Food Security at the Alaska Health Summit
Melissa Wilson, MPH, Practicum Specialist with the Department of Human Services, along with Dr. Elizabeth Hodges-Snyder, Assistant Professor of Public Health with the Department of Health Sciences, presented at the 33rd Annual Alaska Health Summit. Their session "Working Toward a Healthier Food System: An Update from the Alaska Food Policy Council (AFPC)" highlighted current research and activities that are taking a critical look at Alaska's food system and developing recommendations for policies and environmental changes to build a stronger local system. Melissa presented highlights from her project "Food Security in Alaska: Assisting the Alaska Food Policy Council to meet their Strategic Plan Goals through the use of GIS Mapping Technology." The goal of the session was to provide an update of AFPC activities and discuss opportunities for involvement in important food system issues and priorities in Alaska.

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Journal Publishes Prof. Brandeis' Article on the Next Phase of Marijuana Regulation
The article "Ravin Revisited: Alaska's Historic Common Law Marijuana Rule at the Dawn of Legalization" by Prof. Jason Brandeis, JD, Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, was published in the December 2015 issue of the Alaska Law Review. For more information, visit:
Dr. Rivera Facilitates Session for Governor's Housing Summit
Dr. Marny Rivera , Justice Center faculty, was invited to facilitate a breakout session for the Governor's Housing Summit held January 6 on the UAA campus. The session was Reducing Recidivism through Housing. For more information, visit:

AJSAC Fact Sheet Released: Alaska Trauma Registry - Trauma Admissions Involving Alcohol or Illegal Drugs
The most recent issue of the AJSAC Fact Sheet presents data from the Alaska Trauma Registry (ATR) on numbers of trauma admissions, patient demographics, and the presence of alcohol or illegal drugs in trauma admissions in 2014. For more information, visit:
Dr. Barnes Interviewed by News Media about APD's Stopping Live Police Radio Feeds

Dr. Allan Barnes, Justice Center faculty, was interviewed recently by print and TV news media about the decision by the Anchorage Police Department to suspend the on-air feed of police scanners following several robberies. For more information, visit:
AJSAC Fact Sheet Released: Juvenile Justice Referrals and Charges in Alaska
The most recent issue of the AJSAC Fact Sheet presents summary information on referrals made by Alaska law enforcement agencies to the Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) for state fiscal years 2006-2015. The fact sheet is by Khristy Parker of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC). For more information, visit:
Dr. Blumenstein Interviewed by KTUU News about Crime Rates in Anchorage

Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein,
Justice faculty, was interviewed by KTUU Channel 2 News about the recent FBI Uniform Crime Rates (UCR) report. She was also interviewed about a report from the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) regarding Anchorage's drop in "quality of life" rankings among other US cities due to crime. For more information, visit:
Justice Alumni Spotlight: Officer Hannah (Scott) Ostrom, BA Justice '12
Officer Hannah (Scott) Ostrom, BA Justice '12, recently celebrated her first anniversary with the Anchorage Police Department (APD). For more information, visit:

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