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June 23, 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):
The NATION'S HEALTH Highlights NPHW Activities in Alaska
Thank you to all who helped celebrate National Public Health Week (NPHW) in April. In their article "National Public Health Week 2016: Highlights from state, local, campus activities," The NATION'S HEALTH highlighted some of the exciting public health events and activities that took place around the state:  

UAA Library Display

Children's Lunchbox--Kids Bagging Up Meals 
Food Drive for Children's Lunchbox at South Coffeehouse

"No Matter the Weather" Walk

Unit Updates
Center for Community Engagement and
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COH Faculty Participate in Intensive for Engaged Scholarship/Curriculum
Sixteen faculty participated in a Faculty Intensive for Engaged Scholarship or Engaged Curriculum in mid-May, including the following faculty from the College of Health: Donna Aguiniga, Social Work; Nancy Nix, Health Sciences; Travis Hedwig, Health Sciences; Corrie Whitmore, Health Sciences; and Sharon Chamard, Justice Center.
Master Course "Intro to Civic Engagement" Added to Fall Schedule
The Civic Engagement curriculum added the following distance "Master Course" to the fall schedule: CEL A292 Introduction to Civic Engagement. The Master Course is part of the Title 3 grant being worked on this summer and will be synchronous for a Tuesday-Thursday 10:00-11:15 am time slot. The Introduction to Civic Engagement fulfills a Social Science GER requirement and is listed as a community-engaged course.
CESA Applications Being Accepted, Early Bird Applications Awarded
Applications for a Community-Engaged Student Assistant (CESA) will be accepted through mid-August. Early bird applications resulted in CESA awards for the following faculty in the College of Heath: Kathi Trawver & Travis Hedwig for Experiences of Homelessness among UAA Students; Nancy Nix for Alaska Public Health Association Awareness projects; and Gloria Burnett for Youth Healthcare Career Outreach & Promotion. CESA awards are tentative and subject to tuition awards distribution approval in the fall. For more information, visit: 
Two CCEL 2016-17 COH Participants Named
College of Heath faculty participating with CCEL in 2016-17 include Donna Aguiniga and Gabe Garcia on the Advisory Council, and Nancy Nix and Deborah Periman on the UAA Community Engagement Council.

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Update on the CHD Friendships & Dating Program
June has been another busy month for the Center for Human Development's (CHD) Friendships & Dating Program (FDP). Dr. Karen Ward and Julie Atkinson presented at the 140th American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA on the FDP. The FDP is an evidence- based program to teach people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) about healthy relationships and prevent interpersonal violence.
Over the past year, CHD has developed a collaborative relationship with the University of Wyoming's Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) to replicate FDP in their state. In June, CHD trained professionals from community service agencies in Wyoming on how to implement the program. Julie Atkinson also presented with staff from WIND at the MEGA 2016 conference in Cheyenne, WY on the program and replication efforts. For more information about the program, contact Julie Atkinson at
The CHD's Complex Behavior Collaborative (CBC)
The Complex Behavioral Collaborative (CBC) works with Anchorage School District teachers during the school year to support children with disabilities who engage in verbal aggression, physical aggression, and destruction of property. The collaborative is housed at the Center for Human Development (CHD) and is part of systems change to increase state capacity in supporting individuals of all ages who experience challenging behavioral issues.
Our consultants meet with teams weekly, trying to determine why a client uses challenging behaviors. If a client kicks, scratches, and hits others, the team collects data to find out how best to intervene. Rather than therapy for anger, a behavior analytic perspective examines everything and everyone around the person. In some cases, aggression is a way clients have learned to get caregiver attention. For more information about the CBC, visit the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health web site Or contact Chris Sturm at
Update on the Alaska Core Competencies, Guide for Trainers Now Available
The Alaska Core Competencies are a set of essential skills for DSPs (direct support providers/professionals) who deliver services to persons with mental health conditions, substance use, or developmental and physical disabilities, as well as older adults who need long-term services and support. The Alaska Core Competencies were developed over a period of two years in an effort to strengthen the Human Services workforce. Since the initial release, The Alaska Training Cooperative (AKTC), a program in the UAA Center for Human Development, coordinated and assisted with the facilitation of four cohorts. The AKTC has trained 72 trainers who have trained well over 600 workers in the state of Alaska. Read more about the Alaska Core Competencies (pdf).
Additionally, a guide was created for trainers on how to adapt the Competencies for workers serving older adults. The guide outlines a set of recommended steps for tailoring the competencies and curriculum to DSPs providing senior services. It also contains links to recommended resources that can be used to teach DSPs specialty competencies related to the care of seniors. Visit the following web page to download the Alaska Core Competencies guide for trainers, as well as other project reports and tools: For more information, contact Kimber Jackson at 264-6233 or

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Dr. Snyder and Colleagues Publish Two-Volume Sowing Seeds in the City
The potential of urban agriculture to strengthening food systems, communities, and environmental quality is gaining appreciation, and there are countless lessons to be learned in the realm of human health, regulatory frameworks, and the built environment as future efforts continue to expand food production within city limits. Dr. Liz Snyder (UAA MPH Program) and co-editors Dr. Sally Brown (University of Washington) and Dr. Kristen McIvor (Pinchot University) recently published a two-volume edition of Sowing Seeds in the City in which these topics are addressed by a diverse suite of contributors. The books are now available from Springer and are listed on Amazon. 
DHS Faculty, Students, and Alums to Participate in Collaborative Arctic Summer School in Epidemiology

Several DHS faculty, students, and alums will be actively participating in the Collaborative Arctic Summer School in Epidemiology (CASE) to be held in Homer, AK June 27-July1. UAA MPH faculty Dr. Rhonda Johnson and Dr. Philippe Amstislavski, and several affiliate faculty (Dr. Tom Hennessy, Dr. LInda Chamberlain, Dr. Jennifer Lincoln, and Dr. Andrea Fenaughty), will be serving as faculty with Norwegian, Russian, and Canadian colleagues. Twenty graduate students, both masters and PhD level, from Norway, Russia, Canada, and Alaska (including UAA MPH alums Jen Jones and Samantha Case and current UAA MPH student Alexandra Edwards) will be participating as students and presenting their own work in progress.
The main goal is to prepare young scientists for challenges related to conducting science in the High North. Other goals are to provide opportunities for young scientists to interact with senior scientists experienced in High North issues, as well as build networks with other international students who face similar challenges. Senior scientists will be available throughout the week to address student requests. The main topics of the course will be human health related to environmental impacts, lifestyle choices, food security, climate change, and practical statistical and epidemiological methods. The summer school is funded through High North funding from Norway.
Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes Conference, September 18-21
The Department of Health Sciences is one of many programs/agencies co-sponsoring the upcoming Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes (WIHAH) conference in Anchorage, September 18-21. Those interested in addressing the challenges of providing safe and affordable access to household running water and sanitation in remote arctic and sub-arctic communities are invited to attend. For more information, download the conference flyer (pdf) or visit the web site: Please contact Liz Hodges Snyder for more questions:
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Two May 2016 Justice Grads Awarded UAA Leadership Honors
  Camilla Hussein-Scott and Michael McGuffin with crimson honor cords.
Two May 2016 Justice Center grads were awarded UAA Leadership Honors at commencement: Michael McGuffin, BA, Justice/Legal Studies Minor '16 and Camilla Hussein-Scott, BA, Justice Cum Laude/Legal Studies Minor '16. UAA Leadership Honors are recognize individuals who make leadership contributions to UAA and the Anchorage community while maintaining academic excellence. For more information, visit:
Prof. Periman Receives Alaska Bar Association Distinguished Service Award
(l-r) Alaska Bar President Nelson Page presents Distinguished Service Award to Prof. Periman.
Prof. Deb Periman, JD, Legal Studies Program Coordinator in the Justice Center, was presented the Alaska Bar Association Distinguished Service Award at the 2016 Annual Bar Convention in Anchorage in May. This award honors an attorney for outstanding service to the membership of the Alaska Bar Association. For more information, visit:
AJSAC Fact Sheet Released on Sexual Assault Against UA Students
The most recent issue of the AJSAC Fact Sheet--"Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Assault Against University of Alaska Students"--presents past year estimates of sexual misconduct and sexual assault victimization against University of Alaska (UA) students. The estimates are based on 1,982 survey responses to the University of Alaska Campus Climate Survey, an online survey that collected data from a random sample of undergraduate and graduate students who were enrolled at UA during spring semester 2016. For more information, visit:
Prof. Fortson and Prof. Payne Co-Author Paper
Prof. Ryan Fortson, JD, PhD and Prof. Troy C. Payne, PhD, Justice Center faculty, recently co-authored the paper "The Effect of Legal Counsel on Outcomes of Custody Determinations." The paper discusses results from the study of child custody cases in family law court in Palmer, Alaska involving represented and unrepresented parties. Prof. Fortson presented the paper at the 2016 Law and Society Association Annual Meeting. For more information, visit:
Dr. Rosay Presents at Congressional Briefing on NIJ Report on Violence Against American Indians and Alaska Natives
Dr. André Rosay , Justice Center Director, was one of the panelists who gave a briefing on June 16 to the US Congress about the recent National Institute of Justice (NIJ) report "Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men: 2010 Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey," written by Dr. Rosay. For more information, visit:
Questions about Renting in Alaska? A New Short Online Video Series May Have the Answers
The Justice Center and Alaska Legal Services Corporation partnered to create a video series to help answer often-asked questions about landlord tenant law in Alaska. The videos--with Prof. Fortson, Justice faculty, and Daniel Coons, AK Legal Services--are free online and aimed at members of the public and organizations that assist people with landlord tenant questions. For more information, visit:
Alaska Justice Information Center Issues First Report on Alaska Results First Initiative
The Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) recently presented its first progress report and initial findings describing work on the Alaska Results First Initiative to the AJiC Steering Committee. This first report describes the development of an inventory of adult criminal justice programs in Alaska-- both prison- and community-based, and the process to determine each program's level of effectiveness. For more information, visit:

Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • July 4 - Independence Day holiday
  • August 25 - Fall COH All-College Meeting, 11:30-3, Lucy Cuddy Hall
  • August 29 - First day of classes, Fall Semester
  • September 5 - Labor Day holiday
  • November 24-25 - Thanksgiving Holiday