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This Leadership Team Newsletter is published every two weeks by the Dean's Office in the College of Health at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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July, 3 2013
Compliance Program
Over the next 12-18 months the COH will be establishing a compliance program.  Compliance programs are formal efforts to inform, and continually assess an organization's compliance with law and ethical commitments.  Initially, the COH compliance program will focus on:
  • General compliance
  • Health information privacy and security
  • Research regulatory compliance

To read more on the COH Compliance program 

Behavioral Health Disparities Leadership Program
National Council for Behavioral Health is accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program, a popular program among emerging leaders eager to gain awareness, knowledge, and skills to develop and lead strategies to eliminate health disparities in their community-based settings.  Selected participants will join a 10-month leadership program comprised of 15 mid-level managers of diverse ethnic backgrounds currently working at community addiction and mental health provider organizations.  Read the program announcement about the Addressing Health Disparities Leadership program for further information.
State of Reform Conference and Newsletter
October 4, 2013 

Health care in Alaska is unlike any place else.  So, traveling to the outside to get information on health care changes just doesn't make sense.

It takes the Alaska community coming together to share ideas and brainstorm. By getting a broad mix of players- from the commercial marketplace to the native health system, from state agencies to the most vocal physicians - the State of Reform event attempts to create an open, honest and transparent exchange of views.

An Alaskan conversation about Alaskan health care.

Collaboration isn't just a clich� anymore - it's a necessity.  And, you can't collaborate without conversation - particularly the kind found at the State of Reform Health Policy Conference.


Also read their 5 Things We're Watching Newsletter
Small Pilot Grants Available
The Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) has announced the availability of two pilot funding opportunities. The Small Pilot Grant can be address any aspect of translational health science or can focus on dissemination and implementation Research.  A  pre-application is due July 25, 2013.  Grants are designed to assist investigators in obtaining preliminary findings, testing "proof of concept," or conducting other research activities designed to prepare and support competitive, full-scale grant applications.  The award can be up to $10,000.
Faculty Evaluation Guildelines
The University-wide Faculty Evaluation Committee, through the Provost's office,  has provided feedback on recently submitted School/Department faculty evaluation guidelines (FEGs) as well as the COH operating procedures.  The committee provided an overview memo, a template for the development of unit FEGs, and a list of areas that should be addressed in FEGs.  Marked up versions of some unit FEGs were also returned and have been forwarded to Chairs/Directors.  As of this writing we are awaiting marked up versions of FEGs for Justice, School of Nursing, School of Social Work, and WWAMI.

While we might grumble about the process, we are now in the position of revising the unit FEGs.  If you see the revisions as minor you might want to make them and return them to the Dean's office.  If you view the revisions as needing faculty input then we suggest that you work on the alterations early in the fall.  We would like to have all the revised unit FEGs by October 1st.

We are in the process of obtaining further guidance and materials that may help you in revising your FEGs.  Please contact Randy or Susan for consultation and assistance.
Unit Updates
Center for Human Development (CHD)
  • Ikautaq Project is a new partnership between Aqqaluk Trust, UAA Center for Human Development and Prince William Sound Community College with funding received from the Alaska Native Education Equity Program.  The goal is to recruit 80 Alaska Native students over the course of 5 years to work towards their Associates Degree with an emphasis in Children's Behavioral Health Specialist or Direct Service Specialist while continuing to live and work in their home villages. Students will receive tuition, fees, books, a computer (if needed) and scholarship funding based on eligibility. An Ikautaq Project Mentor will support each student per semester/year.
    PSAs for the Bridging Project in English and Inupiaq are available 


  • You and Mental Health Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program, delivered through of the CHD's Trust Training Cooperative that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. After a recent training in Nome, Alaska, a participant contributed to the following article "You and Mental Health: A Specialized First Aid Class".  For more information on this training contact Jill Ramsey, M.S., C.P.R.P., at jill@alaskachd.org.

  • The Alaska LEND without Walls program (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) has completed its second successful year of training an interdisciplinary group of professionals. Ten Fellows in the disciplines of public health, social work, nursing, medicine, psychology, special education, family, and occupational therapy completed the year-long program (speech pathology did not have a Fellow but is also a LEND discipline). Each Fellow completed 300+ hours including interdisciplinary seminars, clinical and field activities, research activities, and a host family experience. The LEND program is funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau through the Center for Human Development at UAA. LEND provides long-term, graduate level interdisciplinary training to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities. LEND prepares Fellows from diverse professional disciplines to assume leadership roles by insuring high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence. We have completed recruitment for 2013-14 and offered acceptance to 13 Fellows. There are other ways to get involved with the program besides being a Fellow. For more information about other training opportunities, please visit alaskaLEND.org. 
  • On April 30th, 2013 Dr. Karen Ward, Director of the Center for Human Development and Psychology Professor, and Julie Atkinson, Center for Human Development Research Professional, were asked to be featured speakers at the 29th annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity. They presented their empirical work on a Friendships and Dating Program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities. Over 75 people attended the standing room only presentation.

  • Four faculty from the College of Health (Drs. Allan, Miller, Rivera, and Ward) and one from the College of Arts and Sciences (Dr. Sandberg) taught a 3 credit summer course, An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Alaska's Behavioral Health Issues. Students represented justice, social work, counseling, and public health. The faculty collaborated on the curriculum development and delivery. Valuable lessons were learned about organizing and processing an interdisciplinary course. Future work involves institutionalizing the course. The course was supported from a grant from the College of Health.

Health Sciences
  • Several MPH faculty, students and alumni will be presenting at the American Public Health Association (APHA) to be held in Boston Nov 2-6th.   We will also have an exhibit booth thereSee the
    APHA Annual Meeting website for more information.
  • Dr. Betty Monsour has announced her retirement effective May 2014, and we have launched a national search for Associate/Assistant Professor of Public Health. The posting is active on Akjobs and on APHA Career Mart. We hope to have finalists on campus in early 2014 with a start date of the new candidate in Summer 2014.
  • In the meantime, Betty remains Chair of the World Congress of Epidemiology (WCE) that will be coming to Anchorage in August 2014, and most of our faculty  are in leadership roles in the local organizing committee. Call for abstracts will be active in July 2014, and there will be plenty of time to get involved.  Contact Betty (or Rhonda) for more information or visit the meeting
  • We are moving forward on our self-study for CEPH re-accreditation for our graduate program in public health. We will have a technical assistance site visit in August 2013, complete our draft self-study in April 2014, and have scheduled the campus site visit for September 2014.
  • Our Department will be hosting a doctoral student from University of Oulu, Finland in Spring 2014 as part of our U Arctic collaborations. We are also moving forward on the second year of planning for a collaborative doctorate in arctic health and well-being withcircumpolar partners.  For more information, see PhD program on Arctic Health and Well-being. 
Justice Center
  • Dr. Andr� B. Rosay will resume his position as Director of the UAA Justice Center on July 1.  His appointment as a Visiting Executive Research Fellow with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ; US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs) in Washington D.C. will continue until May 2014
  • Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D. Justice faculty, was interviewed by Scott Christiansen of the Anchorage Press for an article about the marijuana-legalization ballot initiative. The article, "Pot in Alaska politics," was posted online on June 20, 2013. Prof. Brandeis's Alaska Law Review article (see below) was one of  the sources for the timeline in "Is that your final answer? Alaska's long strange trip with pot laws" by Scott Christensen posted on the Anchorage Press website on June 20, 2013.

  •  Dr. Sharon Chamard and Dr. Cory Lepage, Justice faculty, will be assisting the human trafficking roundtable initiated by The Salvation Army with research on the level and type of human trafficking in Alaska. The roundtable group includes representatives from victim service providers, law enforcement, and government agencies. The roundtable is reviewing the recommendations from the Final Report of the State of Alaska Task Force on the Crimes of Human Trafficking Promoting Prostitution and Sex Trafficking and those from the past NGO Working Group on Sex Trafficking in Alaska.
  • Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D., Justice faculty, spoke on behalf of the Anchorage Bar Association at the April 26, 2013 installation of Alaska Supreme Court Justice Joel Bolger. Prof. Fortson is a member of the Board of Directors of the Anchorage Bar Association.  

School of Allied Health
  • The School of Allied Health has been temporarily relocated to the Professional Studies Building, Room 146, for the summer. The remodel is progressing and we plan to be back in the Allied Health Science Building before the beginning of fall classes. 
School of Social Work
  • The MSW program welcomed their sixth cohort of distance students in June.  Graduate students from across the state came to campus for the orientation and intensive face-to-face coursework for their first two classes.   
  • Assistant Professor Donna Aguiniga is on her way, driving up from Illinois and will be joining the social work faculty this fall as our newest faculty member.   
  • A search committee has convened to begin a national search for a tenure track faculty member.   
  • BSW and MSW program coordinators are working on transforming their programs' curricula to be competency based as part of reaffirmation work in the school.
  • Alumnus David Newell (M.S.W. '98) has been selected by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a national foundation that develops solutions to build a brighter future for children, as a 2013-2014 Children and Family Fellow. David joins an elite group of 16 leaders from across the country for the program.  Read more at Green & Gold News  

Upcoming Events/Deadline

  • July 8 -- FR/FN Evaluations to Dean
  • July 15 -- FR/FN Evaluations due to OAA
  • August 1 -- UAFT/UNAC appointment letters to faculty
  • August 12 & 13 -- New faculty orientation
  • August 19 -- COH all college meeting (Time TBA) 
  • August 24 -- Freshman convocation
  • September 2 -- Labor day holiday
  • September 6 -- Interdisciplinary RFA due to Associate Dean for Research 
  • September 10 -- UNAC P & T files due to Dean
  • September 10 -- Sabbatical reports due to Dean
  • September 16 -- Sabbatical reprots due to OAA
  • September 16 -- UAFT workloads due to OAA
  • September 16 -- Activity reports due (with CVs) to OCAA
  • September 16 -- Appointment letters due to OAA
  • September 27 -- UAFT P & T files due to Dean
  • September 27 -- Sabbatical request due to Dean 

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