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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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July17, 2013
Diplomacy Building Move

Last month UA Statewide sold the UAA Diplomacy Building to Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) and purchased the Bragaw Office Complex including:

  • 1815 Bragaw Street (currently UA Statewide offices)
  • 1835 Bragaw Street (currently commercial leases)
  • 1901 Bragaw Street (future UAA office and classroom space)

Over the next two years, all UAA units in Diplomacy (Office of Health Programs, Institute for


Circumpolar Health

Studies,Department of Health Sciences, Institute for Social and Economic Research, Alaska Center for Rural Health, Institutional Research, Center for Economic Development, MEDEX Physician Assistant program, and the Child Welfare

Academy) will be moving to the building at 1901 Bragaw (just north of East High School). While the official designation of this building is BOC3, we are affectionately referring to it as BOB (Bragaw Office Building). Plans are currently underway to designate space and plan the move.

Therapy Apartment Being Constructed in PSB
Construction is currently underway in the Professional Studies Building to modify a portion of the OT/PT lab space into a mock apartment with a non-functioning bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen. The apartment will be used to teach therapy students how to assist patients in functioning successfully at home.  The assistance can focus on mobility, functional activities, as well as recommendations for modifications or adaptive aids.

Most of the fixtures for the apartment were purchased at Habitat for Humanity Restore. We are still looking for a: twin size bed, bedspread, pillow, cushioned chair, and 4'x6' rug.  If you have any of those items that you'd like to get rid of, please contact Susan Kaplan or Diana Steer.
All College Meeting -- Monday August 19th
The all college meeting will be held in the Student Union.  The tentative format for the meeting is:
  • 8:30-9:00 Gathering
  • 9:00-9:45 Welcome and general meeting
  • 9:45-12:00 2 or 3 break-out sessions for staff & faculty
  • 12:00-1:30 BBQ lunch with entertainment
  • 1:30-2:30 Tours and open-houses

We are looking for a volunteer from each unit to assisting with planning and/or meeting day logistics.  Please contact Harriet Paule

Doctor of Pharmacy Program
Susan Kaplan, Jan Harris, Christine Lidren, and Nancy Davis (Executive Director of the Alaska Pharmacists Association) recently traveled to Meridian, Idaho (just outside Boise) to explore the possibility of a collaborative arrangement between UAA and Idaho State University to provide a Doctor of Pharmacy program here in Anchorage. Idaho State already operates a distance/hybrid pharmacy program between the main campus in Pocatello and the health campus in Meridian. While we are only in the exploratory stages, the collaboration certainly has potential for success. Currently we are trying to identify sufficient space in which to operate the program. Details will follow as the plans progress.
SAMHSA/CSAP Fellowship
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is accepting applications for the Prevention Fellowship Program.  Alaska has been selected as a priority site for the 2013-1015 program.  Since the program began in 2006, Alaska has had two prevention fellows.
The Prevention Fellowship Program invites qualified individuals who are seeking professional growth in the field of substance abuse prevention. Fellows receive a yearly stipend of up to $37,000, and will be required to work 32 hours per week.  These individuals will be assigned to a mentor from participating State agencies throughout the United States and U.S. Pacific Jurisdictions. Fellows are accepted on a location basis pending the site of the State agency. The State of Alaska fellow candidate will be assigned to a State agency site in Anchorage.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, August 23, 2013. To apply, complete and submit the online application, which is available at www.seiservices.com/SAMHSA/csap/preventionfellowship.
National Resource Center Grant
The National Resource Center (NRC) on Older Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians has received renewed funding from the Administration of Aging in the U.S. Department of  Health and Human Services. The amount of the award is $197,000 for three years. The Alaska NRC program, also known as "The Voices of Our Elders", has had nine successful years of serving the health needs of Alaska Native Elders. It has been a moving force in addressing the fragmentation of health care for Alaska Native Elders through creating and updating the Alaska Title VI Directory, convening meetings with Title VI Directors, and including Elders in the process of improving health delivery to their age group. It has also focused attention on the needs of this particular aging population. Activities during the renewal period will concentrate on developing an Alaska Native Aging and Disability Resource Center (AK-ANRC). Congratulations to Nancy Furlow and George Charles on this successfully program!
State Fair Cabin
It's almost time for the Alaska State Fair! UAA will once again have a cabin at this year's fair as we have now for over 30 years. The cabin provides a great opportunity to interface with the public, share information about your department/school and your programs.  This is an excellent opportunity to showcase COH programs

UAA is looking to staff the cabin on the following dates:
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday, Aug. 29, 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday, Aug. 30, 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday, Aug. 31, 10:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday, Sept. 1, 10:00am - 10:00pm
Monday, Sept. 2 (Labor Day), 10:00am - 8:00pm

Staffing the cabin comes with all tickets and parking passes to enter the fair. We are hoping this year that departments will be able to take at least half-day shifts, with 2-4 folks staffing each shift to ensure coverage at all times.

Please contact Bridgett Mackey at 786-1013 or blmackey@uaa.alaska.edu to reserve your date and time.
Campus Kick-Off
UAA's Campus Kick-Off Festival will be Saturday, August 24 from 5:00-7:30 p.m.  This is one of the most popular events on campus and is a great place to promote your department to our new and returning UAA students.  Registration is now open until 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 9.

UAA's August Campus Kickoff would be an excellent opportunity for the College of Health to come together and showcase its programs. For interested parties that register there is a place on the form to request being placed with the College of Health group. Student Life and Leadership has agreed that if it is requested on the registration form they would place the College of Health booths in one area.
Having all the health booths in one place would make it easy for students to shop the health programs.

To register your booth: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/sll/about/booth-registration.cfm
You have a choice of 3 sponsorship levels.  This year UAA Departments can make booth sponsorship payments online with a ProCard!  Please be sure to have the ProCard reconciler use the Account Code #3991.
Healthy Alaskans 2020
The State Division of Public Health has disseminated a list of the 25 leading health indicators for inclusion in Healthy Alaskans 2020.  This list of indicators is expected to be the final list.
Breast Cancer Walk _ October 5, 2013
We are looking for a person to organize a team for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.  The Provost's Office, HR and other UAA units are organizing teams -- there is some internal competition as to whom can organize the largest team.  More information can be found in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk flyer.
Unit Updates
Center for Human Development (CHD)
  • Researchers Heath, Ward, and Reed had an article published in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation which was subsequently recognized under noteworthy reports and articles in the national Disability News and Research newsletter.  See:  Heath, K. L., Ward, K. L., & Reed, D. L. (2012).  Customized self-employment and the use of discovery for entrepreneurs with disabilities. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 39 (1), 23-27.
  • The TAPESTRY program completed its first summer course. A Life and Social Skills course was designed in partnership with the Nexus Speech Therapy Clinic. Three students with intellectual disabilities enrolled in the course. The course featured a service-learning project. The goal was for students to make their own decisions, communicate them, and act on them. The students participated in selecting the project as well as creating an action plan, and following it through to the end. The students chose AARF, an animal rescue program, as their service -learning project. The students practiced communication skills with TAPESTRY faculty, and within two days were approaching total strangers in the community asking for support for their project. They raised $181 and 60 items for pets (toys, crates, etc.). All three students seemed to enjoy their time on campus, and feed back from the parents and local community members has been very positive.
Health Sciences
  • Professor Virginia (Jenny) Miller presented at the Paificc Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity in May, 2013.  Her presentation was "Academic-community partnerships in rural and frontier communities: Improving services for children with autism and other developmental disabilities in Alaska."
Justice Center
  • Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D., was interviewed on June 26 by KTOO Public Radio Juneau for a story about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage. KSKA Public Radio Anchorage rebroadcast the story on June 27 on "Alaska News Nightly."    Prof. Brandeis' comments originally appeared June 26 on the KTOO website  - "What does the ruling on DOMA, Prop 8 mean for Alaska?"
  • Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., Legal Studies Program Coordinator, and Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D., Justice faculty, presented at the "Color of Justice:  Fostering Diversity in the Legal Profession and Judiciary ...One Student at a Time" event held June 10-11, 2013 at the UAA Campus and the Boney Courthouse. The program is designed to encourage girls and minority high school students to consider careers in the law and judiciary.  

  • Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice faculty, presented to a joint meeting of two subcommittees of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on June 12. She discussed her report, "Analysis of Strategies Designed to Reduce Sales of Alcohol and Tobacco to Underage Persons," issued January 19, 2012, and provided an overview of research on this topic to the Underage Drinking Subcommittee and the Role of the ABC Board Subcommittee. Dr. Rivera is a member of both the Role of the ABC Board and the Underage Drinking subcommittees. One of her research areas is substance abuse, with a focus on underage drinking.

  • Prof. Kristin Knudsen, J.D., Justice faculty, will present the second of a two-part series on lay participation in mixed administrative tribunals to staff of the State of Alaska Office of Administrative Hearings on July 24 in Juneau. Prof. Knudsen's first presentation was held in Anchorage and focused on a comparison of the results of her Alaskan survey research on lay participation in mixed tribunals with European survey research. Her second presentation will highlight issues identified in her research concerning training needs and recruitment of Alaskan lay adjudicators. A "mixed" administrative tribunal is an appointed board or commission that decides legal issues with the involvement of a professional administrative law judge; this involvement varies in degree and methods, depending on the tribunal's rules and statutes

School of Social Work
  • The School of  Social Work continues their partnership with the State of Alaska Office of Children's Services for the 16th year, recently renewing over one million dollars in grants and contracts for FY14 to provide training and professional development for workers serving children and families experiencing child abuse and neglect. 

Upcoming Events/Deadline

  • July 31 -- Deadline for nominations for Chancellor's awards for excellence 
  • August 1 -- UAFT/UNAC appointment letters to faculty
  • August 12 & 13 -- New faculty orientation
  • August 19 -- COH All College Meeting 
  • 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 reports due to OAA
  • September 16 -- UAFT workloads due to OAA
  • September 16 -- Activity reports due (with CVs) to OAA
  • September 16 -- Appointment letters due to OAA
  • September 27 -- UAFT P & T files due to Dean
  • September 27 -- Sabbatical requests due to Dean
  • October 5 -- Making strides against breast cancer walk 

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