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Advancing the health and well-being of people and communities
June 14, 2018
COH News
Employee Appreciation Day, Friday, June 15
Please join us for Employee Appreciation Day on June 15, Noon-5 pm in the Cuddy Quad. Interim Chancellor Sam Gingerich and the Chancellor's Cabinet support this special day and wish to thank you for making UAA a great university. Departments should follow historical practices for attending this event. Everyone is welcome, including leadership, supervisors/managers, faculty, student workers, and all those off campus! For more information, download the event flier (pdf). Questions? Contact the UAA Staff Council at  .
Unit Updates
Alaska Center For Rural Health and
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Alaska AHEC Partners with ANSEP
On June 4-8, the Alaska AHEC Program Office taught 52 middle school students about careers in health science through hands-on project-based learning experiences. The students explored the various systems of the body and the intersections between engineering and medicine. They created prototype prosthetic limbs, developed instruments to use in simulated heart surgery, and innovated assistive technology for traumatic brain injury patients. Partnership with ANSEP will continue through the summer with the AHECs providing Mental Health First Aid and Basic Life Support certificate training to high school students participating in the Acceleration Academies.  
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Dental Hygiene Continuing Education Table Clinic
On April 19, UAA's Dental Hygiene students put on a table clinic for the Cook Inlet Dental Hygienists' Association (CIDHA). This is the third year the program has worked with CIDHA to provide a free 1-credit continuing education course to local dental hygienists, while also allowing students to present their work in a professional setting, and to interact with their future peers and mentors.
First-year students presented information they had learned about special needs conditions and patient management techniques to consider when treating these patients. Second-year students presented research projects they planned and implemented in their Community Dental Health I course this spring. They worked with homeless youth, individuals suffering from addiction, and homeless adults transitioning to permanent housing to educate them on various oral health topics. Many of the students plan to continue and expand their projects in their Community Dental Health II course in the fall.
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UAA Earns Silver in Exercise Is Medicine Recognition Program
The American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) Exercise Is Medicine On Campus (EIM-OC) launched its recognition program in 2014, honoring campuses for their participation and engagement in Exercise Is Medicine. Schools can earn gold, silver, or bronze status based on their activities and level of engagement. Recognition provides an opportunity for campuses to enhance their image as a healthy academic environment, emphasizing the commitment to utilizing exercise as medicine to create a culture of wellness.
UAA was proudly recognized and awarded the Silver status on May 30 at the 2018 ACSM Minneapolis Conference. UAA's success was thanks to the following programs: Employee Wellness, Know Your Numbers, EIM-OC club, HPER, and the ACSM Alaska Chapter.
T.J. Miller Co-Leads Adventurous 14-Day Wilderness Course
Where in the world was T.J.? T.J. Miller, HPER director, and Erin Cutts, an instructor from Prince William Sound College, were with 12 students on a wilderness adventure. These two intrepid faculty travelers co-led PEP 467C & D (land-based and water-based outdoor leadership). This course consisted of 14 days in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve, followed by a week of rafting the mighty Copper River. It was a challenging, adventurous, transformative, and humbling 200 mile trip . The students planned the course, route, food, and logistics as part of the course. They also lead for two-day portions, honing their leadership skills from previous coursework.
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Collaborative paper published on Race/Ethnic Disparity among Anchorage Youth
Drs. Gabriel Garcia (Health Sciences), Travis Hedwig (Health Sciences), Bridget Hansen (Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services), and Curtis Smith (Center for Human Development) recently published the article "The relationship between mixed race/ethnicity, developmental assets, and mental health among youth" in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. This groundbreaking study is the first to show that Anchorage youth who are of mixed race/ethnicity are more likely than their white and single race peers to be at risk for poor mental health outcomes, yet less likely to mitigate this risk even with similar number of external developmental assets. For more details about this study, visit: .
Health Sciences Faculty to Present at ICCH17
DHS Faculty will present at the 17th International Congress on Circumpolar Health (ICCH17) in Copenhagen, Denmark, August 12-15. Dr. Jenny Miller, Chair of the Department of Health Sciences and Associate Professor with the Master of Public Health Program, will present on "Engaging Faculty from Rural Alaska: Strengthening Diversity in the Alaska LEND Program." Dr. Rhonda Johnson, Professor of Public Health, is an invited keynote speaker and will present on "Arctic Health and Well-Being: Working Better Together." Dr. Lisa Schwarzburg, faculty with the Health Sciences Program, will present on "Moving Circumpolar Health Forward in Indigenous Communities, with Maternal and Infant Health Leading the Way." This work is co-authored with a BSHS student, Kyah Ellefson.
MPH Students Selected to Present at National and International Conferences
Abstracts for two recent graduates of the MPH Program, Tara Stiller and Sarah Stevens, were accepted for presentation at upcoming conferences. Tara will present on "Evaluation of a Printed Health Education Magazine for Use by Alaska Native Families Nuta' Aqunguwaq" at the 17th International Congress on Circumpolar Health (ICCH17) in August. Sarah will present on "Breastfeeding Attrition Above the Arctic Circle" at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, to be held November 10-14.
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Dr. Hahn Receives Funding for Anchorage Climate Action Plan
Micah Hahn, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies, recently received funding from the UA Faculty Initiative Fund for her project "Development of the Municipality of Anchorage Climate Action Plan through a Campus-Community Partnership." Dr. Hahn is the PI of the project and will be joined by Co-PI's Shannon Donovan (Department of Geography and Environmental Studies), Libby Roderick (Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence), and Brian Brettschneider (International Arctic Research Center and Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy at UAF). The team will work with representatives from the Mayor's office to establish seven sectoral working groups (Buildings and Energy, Urban Form and Transportation, Health and Emergency Preparedness, Urban Forests and Natural Systems, Consumption and Solid Waste, Food and Water Systems, and Outreach and Education) that will be led by faculty from nine departments and centers at UAA and UAF. They are currently recruiting faculty and students to participate in the working groups to develop the recommendations for the Anchorage Climate Action Plan. If you are interested in learning more or getting involved in the project, please contact Micah Hahn,
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Legal Studies Graduate JoAnna Delasse Named Volunteer of the Month!
Congratulations to JoAnna Delasse, BA Legal Studies 2018, on being recognized by Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) as  June Volunteer of the Month! Anna's volunteer work with ALSC helped her fulfill the requirements to receive UAA Legal Studies Pro Bono Honors, while also becoming a personal passion. She is now working as a legal intern in the Anchorage office.
AJiC Fact Sheet Presents Data on Alaska Parolees and Probationers
The June 2018 Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) Fact Sheet presents data on the characteristics of offenders who came under the supervision of the Alaska Department of Corrections, Division of Probation and Parole (DOC-PP) between 2002 and 2016. Probation and parole offender data are from the Alaska Department of Corrections' annual Offender Profile publication. Overall trends saw numbers of probationers and parolees increasing from 2002 to 2012, then decreasing through 2016. For more information, visit:
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Physical Therapist Assistant Students Stay Positive Under Heavy School Load
Are there other programs that require 17 credit hours during the summer semester? Well the PTA Program does! These students have an intense summer semester, yet they still try to be positive and have a sense of humor. Recently, PTA students celebrated a birthday outside on a beautiful day, relaxing and having fun. Way to go PTA students Class of 2018!
Twelve PTA students and Professor Terese Anderson (back row, far right).
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Christine Michel and Sadie Anderson Present at NANAINA
Christine Michel (l) and Sadie Anderson (r) 
Dr. Christine Michel, Associate Professor/BS Chair, and Sadie Anderson, Nurse Leader at ANMC, presented on "The Effect of Cultural Beliefs and Customs on Nutrition and Chronic Disease" at the 2018 National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association (NANAINA) conference in Minneapolis in June.  
SON Faculty Present Poster on "Faculty Connect"
Dr. Betty Predeger, Professor Emeritus, and Heather Nice, Instructional Designer for the School of Nursing, presented their poster "Faculty Connect" at the Western Institute for Nursing Research. Faculty Connect is an innovative new model of engaging new faculty into academics, especially those coming from the clinical environment. Download the full poster (pdf). 
Sharyl Toscano Selected as Candidate for Director at Large for NCSBN
Nursing Professor Sharyl Toscano and  Assistant Professor Joe LeFleur are currently serving on the Alaska State Board of Nursing. The National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) leadership succession committee has selected Dr. Toscano to be placed on the slate of candidates for their director at large. Dr. Marianne Murray, Director of the School of Nursing, will be attending the annual meeting in August where the elections will take place.
Elizabeth Predeger and Sharyl Toscano Present at International Association for Human Caring Conference
Nursing Professor Emeritus Elizabeth Predeger and Professor Sharyl Toscano recently presented at the International Association for Human Caring Conference in Minnesota on "Gaining Insight into the Human Condition through Poetic Transcription." 
Professor Seeks Healing Narratives Contributions
Professor Sharyl Toscano, Contributing Editor for LitSite Alaska, seeks submissions for Healing Narratives. Visit LitSite Alaska for examples of Healing Narratives: For more information, contact Dr. Toscano at 786-6377 or  
Marianne Murray Selected to Serve on AACN Thought Leaders Assembly
Dr. Marianne Murray, Director of the UAA School of Nursing, was selected to serve on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Thought Leaders Assembly this summer. This Assembly was created as an opportunity to engage AACN's Board, a small designated group of invited guests, as well as select AACN members and senior staff to process information, trends, and challenges in a new way. This year's assembly is titled "The Global Nursing Workforce: Examining International Trends to Combat the Nursing Shortage." 
Nursing Students Hold Successful "Swear to Care" Event
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing students held an expo "swear to care" event in the town square on June 9. This well-attended event was co-sponsored by AWAIC (Abused Women's Aid In Crisis), STAR (Standing Together Against Rape), and Alaska Children's Trust. The focus of the event was bullying, domestic violence, elder abuse, and sexual assault. An unsolicited review from an attendee proclaimed, "This was excellent, great resources! Any nurse from the UAA program is golden in my view...stellar stuff!"
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WWAMI Students Prepare for Summer
Following an intensive initial year of Medical School, our first-year WWAMI Students typically take the summer to pursue healthcare experiences through a wide variety of programs. Rural/ Underserved Opportunities Program (R/UOP) is one opportunity that Alaska WWAMI Students immerse in during this time, experiencing hands-on health care in Alaska's Rural Communities. Additionally, one WWAMI student is traveling to Kenya in the Global Health Immersion Program (GHIP), and others are traveling with some of WWAMI's Research Faculty to collect data on Saint George's Island, AK in June. The unwavering ambitions of our students wow us each year with the adventures that they pursue. If you're just as impressed with our students, be sure to join us in the fall for our poster event to learn more about their summer research! [photo] .
Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • June 27 - Summer 2018: Second 5-wk session, first day of classes
  • June 28 - Grades due for first 5-week session
  • July 4-5 - Independence Day Holiday
  • August 8 - Grades due for 10-week session and second 5-week session
  • September 3 - Labor Day Holiday