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July 13, 2017
Introducing André Rosay, New Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs      

Dr. Rosay brings years of significant and progressively responsible academic, research, and administrative leadership to his new role as the associate dean for academic and student affairs - the chief operating officer for the College of Health. As Justice Center director, he has spent a decade providing leadership and management necessary to support academic programs, promote research productivity, manage human and financial resources, and strengthen internal and external partnerships. Dr. Rosay is committed to promoting the health and well-being of people and communities. He looks forward to the many opportunities his new role will provide to advance health and welfare in partnership with faculty and staff in the College of Health, as well as community partners on the tribal, local, state, and national level. Read more about Dr. Andre Rosay: Dr. Rosay can be reached at 786-1821 or

Dr. Brad Myrstol Appointed Interim Director of the Justice Center

Dr. Brad Myrstol, director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center and the Alaska Justice Information Center, has been appointed interim director of the Justice Center. Dr. Myrstol received his PhD in Criminal Justice from Indiana University in 2006. He has served as the principal or co-principal investigator on a variety of Alaska justice topics, including: the offending trajectories of juveniles; the criminal case processing of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual abuse of a minor cases; the role and impact of Alaska's Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) program on the state's response to domestic violence and sexual assault; and more. Read more about Dr. Brad Myrstol: Dr. Myrstol can be reached at 786-1837 or A nationwide search for a new director will be launched soon.

Dr. Jordan Lewis Named Director of the NRC for Native Elders
Dr. Jordan P. Lewis, an Aleut from the Native Village of Naknek, is taking the helm as the incoming director of the UAA National Resource Center (NRC) for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Elders. Dr. Lewis is an Associate Professor with the UAA WWAMI School of Medical Education. Trained as a cross-cultural community psychologist and social worker (BSW, MSW), and a credential professional gerontologist (CPG), he has worked with Alaska Native Elders for many years in numerous capacities, including federal policy in Washington, DC, state and local capacities with education and program development, and tribal health programs in rural and urban Alaska. Dr. Lewis is looking forward to this new and exciting role and welcomes feedback and thoughts from fellow colleagues, staff, and students about the NRC activities and direction. He can be reached at . Read more about Dr. Jordan Lewis:

Kathy Craft Named Interim Associate Dean for Planning, Development, and Partnership

Kathy Craft's extensive experience in workforce development through the Alaska Health Workforce Coalition, the Mental Health Trust Authority, and the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services prepares her to step into the position of Interim Associate Dean for Planning, Development, and Partnership while the college recruits for a permanent incumbent. The College of Health has a statewide responsibility to support and advocate for health programs throughout the system, and to focus their efforts on best meeting state needs. In support of, and in conjunction with the Dean/Vice Provost, this Associate Dean position is responsible for carrying out duties related to this statewide mission. Kathy received her BS in Social Work from Bowling Green State University and her MA in Community Psychology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is also a Licensed Professional Supervisor and Counselor. Kathy can be reached at:

HIPAA Training Recording Available Online
Thank you to everyone who attended the HIPAA training session on June 26th. The live training by Aegis Compliance and Ethics Center is available online at (to find the recording, search for "HIPAA."):
Note: Because the UA Content Server uses Microsoft Silverlight as the media plugin, viewers need to use MS Internet Explorer on a PC, or Safari on a Mac. Unfortunately, current versions of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox no longer support Silverlight.
SAVE THE DATE! All-College Meeting August 17
The COH will be holding an all-college meeting, themed College of Health: Forward Focus, on August 17, 9 am - 3 pm. Who are we and what does it mean to be the Lead Health Campus? Topics will address new leadership, new focus, new opportunities, old challenges. Join the discussion at our Fall 2017 kick-off. The tentative schedule begins with a group gathering 9-11:30 am in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium, followed by lunch in the Cuddy, and an afternoon break-out sessions for faculty and staff. Join with colleagues and guests from across the campus and across the state in this day of exploration and connection. More information to come.
Unit Updates
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Behavioral Health Path Camps a Success!

The 2017 Behavioral Health Path Camps wrapped up at the end of June with a successful camp implemented in four locations: Anchorage, Nome, Bethel, and Ketchikan, along with one in-school pilot at Valley Pathways School in Palmer. A total of 62 individuals from communities across the state took part in these programs. 
Since the initial 2015 pilot of the behavioral healt h camp, 124 individuals have taken part in the program. Eighty percent (80%) of participants reported an increase in interest in behavioral health, 97% reported an increase in knowledge about behavioral health, and 100% are now certified in Mental Health First Aid. Long-term tracking initiatives are underway for all participants ages 18 or older. Thus far, 26% of participants over the age of 18 are enrolled in higher education, and 67% of those enrolled are studying behavioral health. The Alaska AHEC is eager to continue working with the Alaska Department of Edu cation and Early Development and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority to continue providing these opportunities to Alaskan youth. In 2018, camps are slated for Kenai, Dillingham, and Fairbanks.

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Longitudinal Progression of Complex Trauma and Addiction Conference to Take Place August 18
The Department of Human Services will be hosting the Longitudinal Progression of Complex Trauma and Addiction: Case Studies and Interventions conference on August 18 at the UAA Lucy Cuddy Hall. The conference will spotlight case studies highlighting the necessity of a multi-disciplinary approach in addressing the complexity of trauma combined with addiction. For more information, download a brochure (pdf) or contact Pat Sammartino at 907-786-6589 or . Register Online at
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Alaska Justice Forum New Design and Web Edition
The Alaska Justice Forum, a publication of the Justice Center at UAA, has a new look and new web presence. We are phasing out hard copies and moving toward online delivery with more articles and updated stories. The Summer 2017 edition is coming soon. Sign up  at

Cravez Elected Secretary of NAMI Anchorage Board
Pamela Cravez, Alaska Justice Forum editor and Justice Center research associate, was elected secretary of the NAMI (National Allliance on Mental Illness) Anchorage board at the annual membership meeting in May. Cravez has served on the NAMI Anchorage board since 2016. NAMI Anchorage, one of four NAMI Alaska affiliates, provides education and support for families and individuals experiencing mental illness. Juneau, Fairbanks, and Barrow also have NAMI Alaska affiliates.
Senior Voice Highlights Rosay Research on Abuse of Older Alaskan Women

The July issue of Senior Voice features research conducted by Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center director, on the prevalence of psychological and physical abuse among Alaskan women aged 60 and older. According to Dr. Rosay's research, one in nine Alaska women aged 60 and older experienced psychological or physical abuse in the past year. Results are based on the Alaska Victimization Survey (AVS), an annual survey conducted from 2010 through 2015 by the Justice Center and funded by the Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Dr. Rosay is the principal investigator for the survey.
A more comprehensive article on Dr. Rosay's research will appear in the Summer edition of the Alaska Justice Forum, published later this month. Sign up to receive the summer edition at: 
Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • July 27 - Leadership team meeting
  • Early August - UAFT/UNAC Appointment letters due to faculty
  • August 10 - Leadership team meeting
  • August 14-15 - New faculty orientation
  • August 17 - All-College Meeting, 9 am - 3 pm
  • August 24 - Leadership team meeting
    August 25 - Welcome Back, Promotion and Tenure celebration
  • August 28 - First day of classes, Fall Semester
  • September 4 - Labor Day Holiday
  • September 11 - UNAC Promotion, Tenure, Post-Tenure Reviews, 4th Year Comp files, and Activity Reports due to dean
  • September 14 - Leadership team meeting
  • September 25 - Sabbatical requests due to dean/director
  • September 28 - Leadership team meeting
  • October 16 - Faculty development and research/travel grants due to OAA*
  • October 30 - Sabbatical requests due to OAA with Dean's/Director's signature