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Mission Statement ~ ~ ~
Advancing the health and well-being of people and communities
February 8, 2018
Kathy Craft Named Senior Director of Statewide Health Programs and Development
Current Interim College of Health Associate Dean for Planning, Development and Partnerships Kathy Craft has been named Senior Director of Statewide Health Programs and Development. Kathy will be responsible for providing statewide support and advocacy for health programs throughout the system with focused efforts on best meeting the state's needs. In support of and conjunction with the College of Health Dean/Vice Provost Jeff Jessee, Kathy will carry out the duties related to the COH statewide mission in the areas of health policy, workforce and health systems research, and academic program planning and development. Kathy received her BS in Social Work from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and her MA in Community Psychology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is also a Licensed Professional Supervisor and Counselor. Congratulations Kathy!
Unit Updates
Department of Health, Physical Education and
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Volunteers Needed for College of Health Academic Preview Day
On March 30, from 5:30-8:30 pm, students who have applied to COH academic programs will be on campus to "preview" the grounds, college, and academic programs. Approximately 120-150 students and their families are expected to attend. All are welcome, including COH faculty, staff, deans, directors, advisers, alumni, current students, and student clubs. Preview Day will highlight the unique facilities, programs, labs, and equipment available to students during their study. The highlight of the event, The Amazing Race, will take place around the main COH campus buildings. Departmental volunteers will also set up challenge booths with engaging activities and prizes for winners.
Volunteers are needed from each department to host a challenge, provide assistance along the route, and host tables with information about the opportunities UAA and the COH have to offer. Student clubs are also needed to host "feeding stations" along the race route. Many have already volunteered, but more are needed. We are still working on details and welcome any suggestions. For more information, download a flyer (pdf). Or contact Gloria Burnett,, or T.J. Miller,
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First Dual MSW/MPH Graduate Niki Knowlton Defends Practicum 
Congratulations to Niki Knowlton who successfully defended her project practicum titled "Evaluation of a Group Planning Process within the Collective Impact Framework: Development of a Pilot Project to Support At-Risk Families and Children" on January 30. Niki is the first graduate to defend her project practicum in the inaugural dual MSW/MPH degree.
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WWAMI Celebrates Transitions Ceremony and Admissions Week
January was a month of milestones for WWAMI's medical students: from the transitions ceremony at the beginning of the month celebrating the completion of the foundations phase for second-year students, to admissions week at the end of the month, where the next generation of students (E18s) just started the medical school process.
During admissions week, selected applicants are invited to UAA for their medical school interview. Applicants come from across Alaska with varying degrees, making a widely diverse pool from which twenty E18s are selected. The admissions committee also travels far and wide to meet the candidates prior to selecting the next generation of twenty WWAMI students.
Many students made it through the highly competitive Alaska WWAMI program, situating themselves across the state of Alaska as practicing physicians. These students' undying determination and passion for the health and well-being of our community yields consistent support from both the University of Alaska and the State of Alaska Legislation--support that fuels the health of our communities, one doctor at a time.
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Amanda Slaunwhite Named to ALPHA Board
At the Alaska Health Summit last month, Assistant Professor Amanda Slaunwhite was named as a board member of the Alaska Public Health Association (ALPHA).
Rebecca Van Wyck Presents on Climate Health in Alaska Native Communities
O n behalf of the Village of Wainwright, Rebecca Van Wyck, Research Associate at ICHS, presented on a webinar entitled "Impacts on Alaska Native Communities and a Spotlight on Efforts to Improve Climate Health." A recording of the webinar is available at:
ICHS begins Vivitrol Evaluation Project in three Department of Corrections Facilities
The Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies is beginning data collection on a multi-year evaluation of the Department of Corrections Extended Release Naltrexone program in three facilities: Anchorage Correctional Complex, Goose Creek Correctional Center, and Hiland Mountain Correctional Center. Naltrexone (also known as Vivitrol) is used to treat opioid use disorder by reducing cravings for, and the effects of, heroin and other opiates. Dr. Amanda Slaunwhite and Research Associates Rebecca K Van Wyck and Victoria Barnes, as well as graduate student Brittney Ramert, recently completed site visits of the three facilities and will begin enrolling participants in the evaluation project later this month.
Photo credit: Alaska Department of Corrections
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Recruitment is Underway for the 2018-19 LEND Program
Do you have students who are interested in becoming leaders in the field of developmental disabilities and/or autism? Do you know of students who want to gain skills and make connections in Alaska in her/his field?
Please share this information with students that have a focus in developmental disabilities or childhood development. Alaska LEND Without Walls provides graduate-level interdisciplinary leadership training for individuals who have a commitment to providing family-centered coordinated systems of health care and related services. The program aims to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have (or at risk for) autism and other developmental disabilities. Completion of the training program results in a workforce credential and includes a stipend. Graduate students and practicing professionals in the fields of Special Education, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Medicine, Education, Speech Language Pathology, and Early Childhood Education are invited to apply. We are also recruiting parents and family members of children with developmental disabilities, and self-advocates.
The application deadline is April 2 for the 2018-19 Alaska LEND Without Walls program beginning in September. To learn more, visit: (click on "Apply to LEND")
2017-18 LEND Cohort
Advance Your Practice without Leaving Your Office!
ECHO TABI clinics, launching February 21, are open to providers currently working with individuals with traumatic and acquired brain injury. All sessions are online and involve didactic presentations and case-based learning with an expert hub team.
Earn free CMEs! Register at
All of the following ECHO TABI clinics take place on Wednesdays from 5:30-7 pm:
February 21  Screening and Treatment for Brain Injury
March 7        Medication Management
March 24      What do PTs Do?
April 4th        What do SLPs Do?
April 18         Peer and Family Support
May 2           TBD
For more information, download a flyer (pdf). Additional information is also available at
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New Anchorage Police Citizen Academy Alumni Association Scholarship
A new  Anchorage Police Citizen Academy Alumni Association (APCAAA) Scholarship is available for students enrolled at UAA for a BA in Justice or
Legal Studies or an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies. A $1,000 minimum per academic year is available to students who are residents of Alaska and have a 2.0 GPA. The deadline for applying is February 15, 2018. For more information, and to apply, visit: Read more about the APCAAA at
Ryan Fortson Provides Legislative Immunity Background Regarding Fansler Allegations
Prof. Ryan Fortson , Justice faculty, explained to  KTVA reporter Liz Raines that Alaska legislators have immunity from prosecution for actions related to their legislative duties. For instance, he said they have immunity from defamation for statements they may make during the legislative session, but this immunity probably would not extend to actions such as those alleged against Rep. Zach Fansler who was accused of assaulting a woman in Juneau.
Justice Center Research during National Stalking Awareness Month Shows Need for Continued Work
Statistics from the Justice Center's Alaska Victimization Survey (AVS) were used throughout January, which is also National Stalking Awareness Month, to educate Alaskans about the need to make Alaska a safer place for women. News outlets cited Justice Center research showing high rates of domestic violence--including that more than one in nine Alaskan women have experienced physical or psychological abuse in the last year, and that one in four Anchorage women reported they had been stalked at some point in their lives. The  Fairbanks Daily News Miner also highlighted a 2007 Justice Center report in partnership with Alaska State Troopers that documented high rates of sexual assault in the state. For a list of Justice Center research in the news, visit:

Measuring the Benefit to Cost of the State's Investment in Adult Criminal Justice Programs
A report from the Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) at the Justice Center shows that most of Alaska's evidence-based adult criminal justice programs are showing positive return on state investment of money. AJiC's Alaska Results First analysis shows that the monetary return on the state's investment in evidence-based criminal justice programs provides tools for assessing how changing the cost structure and delivery method can impact the return on current programs, and helps estimate the benefit to cost ratio for prospective programs.  Read more about this new tool in the Winter 2018 Alaska Justice Forum:
Alumni Spotlight: Deputy Attorney General Robert Henderson
Robert "Rob" Henderson, BA Justice 1998, JD 2001 , never intended to go to law school until UAA Justice Professor Lisa Rieger pushed him in that direction. "I owe a lot to Lisa," Henderson said. "But for her I would not have gone to law school." Henderson, Deputy Attorney General for the Criminal Division, works directly under Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth and oversees more than 100 prosecutors throughout Alaska. Born and raised in Southcentral Alaska, Henderson worked full time while attending UAA, graduating in 1998 with a BA in Justice and a minor in Psychology. He then attended the University of Montana Law School and served as an editor on the law review. Read more about Rob Henderson's career choices leading up to his current position: .  
Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • March 1 - UNAC workloads due to directors/chairs
  • March 5 - Faculty Development and Research Travel Grant applications due to OAA
  • March 12-17 - Spring Break
  • March 15 - Sabbatical reports due to OAA / UAFT workloads due to administrator
  • March 16 - Spring Break Holiday
  • April 2 - UNAC workloads due to dean
  • May 1 - UNAC workloads due to faculty
  • May 6 - Spring Commencement