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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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August 14,  2013
All College Meeting
Monday, August 19, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Calling it a meeting fails to convey the extent of activities that have been worked into this year's gathering.  We will have a welcome from the Chancellor, a networking mingle lead by the Provost, a college fair area set up with lots of interesting displays, games and door prizes.  Break-out sessions are planned to discuss UAA Program Prioritization, COH Strategic Planning, Office of Health Programs Development, Interprofessional Education, and the Office of the Registrar.

In the afternoon there are tours as well as a session on research planning and proposal training.

Please see the agenda for more information.
New Faculty
Please join us in welcoming the following new faculty members to the College of Health:
  • Donna Aguiniga, Social Work
  • Lorna Elswick, WWAMI
  • Margaret Hope, Nursing
  • Rachel Muir, Nursing
  • Elizabeth Sierra, Human Services 
Unit Updates
Center for Human Development (CHD)
  • Governor Parnell appointed Christine King, Project Director- Disability Justice, to the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education. The Council is tasked to create change for people with disabilities through planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy. 

  • Kathy Fitzgerald retired July 31, 2013 after 20 years at the Center. She started working at the Center as a volunteer. Over the years Kathy coordinated programs to empower individuals with disabilities and their family members. She is a tireless advocate and will be missed.

  •  CHD's mission in federal law is to provide interdisciplinary education, community training, technical assistance, direct and model demonstration services, research and information dissemination. Outcomes for FY 13 included:

    • Interdisciplinary pre-service preparation: conducted 100 events for 1,378 participants generating 952 academic credit hours 

    • Community training: conducted 318 events totaling 42,296 hours of community training for 8,814 participants 

    • Technical Assistance: provided 126 technical assistance activities that included 3,464 participants

    • Research and Evaluation: conducted 35 research and evaluation activities that involved 1,278 participants

    • 90 individuals with cognitive impairments received psychosocial skill building group therapy
    • 150 individuals with co-occurring disorders received art therapy 
    • 3,471 unduplicated individuals for whom services were delivered; 20,835 consults, contacts or services provided

    • Developed

      155 different products with a total of 420,592 pieces disseminate.  The types of materials developed included electronic, reports and monographs, press communications, conference presentations and posters, newsletters, peer-reviewed publications, and web-based products.
Justice Center
  •  Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, recently published an article on "Hot Spots" in the new reference work by Sage Publishing, Encyclopedia of Community Policing and Problem Solving. "Hot spots" refers to the spatiotemporal clustering of crime - that is, crime is not randomly distributed across time and space.  Crime tends to cluster at both locations and times of day.  Analyzing this clustering can often lead to clues to the immediate causes of the crime clusters, which in turn informs crime prevention practice.  

  • The Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) has released,  "Alaska Superior Court Felony Case Processing, 2005-2012," number 13-05 in the Fact Sheet publication series. The report examines the composition of felony case filings (person, property, drug, or "other" cases) and the final disposition of felony cases. For the 8-year period examined, only 2.9% of felony cases proceeded to trial. Data were extracted from Alaska Court System annual statistical reports. Dr. Brad A. Myrstol, director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center, authored this Fact Sheet.

  •  Prof. Kristin Knudsen, J.D., presented  "Law and Medicine: How Law Shapes Our Health Care System (or Not)" to students in the Summer 2013 Della Keats Health Sciences Summer Program at UAA on July 23. Prof. Knudsen's presentation focused on historical events in health care delivery in the U.S. and Alaska, and the intended and unintended impact of three laws responding to those events: the Hill-Burton Act of 1946, Title XVIII of the Social Security Act (Medicare - 1965), and the Alaska Turning Point Act of 2005.

  • Dr. Marny Rivera and Dr. Cory R. Lepage, Justice faculty, have been asked to serve as members of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (DVSA) Data Group. Katie TePas, Office of the Governor, is the data group chair. The data group works with the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and the Governor's Choose Respect Initiative to identify strategies for collecting statistics and identifying baselines for data related to domestic violence and sexual assault in the state.

School of Social Work
  • The School and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) Behavioral Health are co-sponsoring the Making Connections: Treating Soldiers and Families with Compassion conference on Tuesday, September 3rd.  This event is free and offers free contact hours to health professionals.  Registration is limited to the first 100 people who sign up.  The conference is designed to educate professionals about issues relevant to providing services for active duty or retired service members and their families.  Registration opens at 8:00 am with the opening plenary session set to begin at 8:30 am.  The event will be held at the BP Energy Center.  To register contact Bethany Zabala in the School of Social Work at 786-6900.
  • The Child Welfare Academy received a $409,000 contract from the Office of Children's Services to administer the FY2014 Chafee Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program, and build upon the current program to address system gaps by providing outreach for foster youth and former foster youth who attend post-secondary education.

Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • August 19 -- All college meeting 
  • August 22 -- UA Foundation training  
  • August 22 -- Leadership team 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 12 -- Leadership team meeting; Ivy Spohnholz presenting 
  • September 13 -- Academic assessment seminar 
  • 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 26 -- Leadership team; Jan Harris & Katie Branch presenting on preliminary results of vacancy study 
  • September 27 -- UAFT P & T files due to Dean
  • September 27 -- Sabbatical request due to Dean  
  • October 5 -- Making strides against breast cancer 

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