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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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September 11,  2013
In the News
Dean Bill Hogan and Administrative Dean Susan Kaplan were featured in an article about the College of Health that appeared in the Anchorage Daily NewsThe article by Kathleen McCoy appeared on August 31st.
Urgent! College Committees
Two COH committees are in need of unit representatives:
  • Curriculum committee needs a representative from the School of Nursing.  Once this committee is fully staffed a regular meeting date will be established
  • Promotion and Tenure needs representatives from the School of Nursing and School of Social Work 

These committees cannot start their work until we have full rosters.  Please send the names of your committee members and alternates to Harriet.   

Summer Pipeline Program
The Summer Public Health Scholars Program at Columbia University is an enrichment program funded by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention intended to increase the quantity and caliber of underrepresented students entering health professions. If you are interested in learning more about the program, or have students whom you think would be good candidates, here is a link to the program's website.
Leveraging Diversity Bibliography
Dr. Uma Jayakumar of the University of San Francisco who presented a workshop on leveraging diversity has shared a bibliography of texts and articles related to diversity and campus climate.
Unit Updates
Center for Human Development (CHD)


CHD's Trust Training Cooperative is offering Behavioral Health Licensure continuing education training series. Designed for Alaska's licensed behavioral health workforce and professionals preparing for licensure.  All training will be accessible throughout Alaska via tele-behavioral health (real time video conference).



  • Approved by: LMFT Board of Examiners, LPC Board of Examiners, NASW-AK, and AK-PA
  • Submitted for approval: Alaska Commission for BH Certification. 

Training Series Schedule:

  • September 18 from 5-7pm - Strengths Based Assessment & Treatment with Alaska Natives
  • October 16 from 5-7pm - Ethics and the Indian Child Welfare Act, Part 1
  • October 17 from 5-7pm - Ethics and the Indian Child Welfare Act, Part 2
  • November 13 from 5-7pm - Integrated Model of Assessment & Treatment (Mental Health & SUDs)


All trainings include a licensed behavioral health professional, a provider with rural Alaskan experience and an Alaska Native Elder.  $20 per person, per training ($15 per person, per training for 5 or more registered from same agency). Register online for this series.  For more information, contact Sarah McConnell, LCSW at 907-456-4215.  

Health Sciences

Rhonda Johnson participated in circumpolar health meetings in Nuuk, Greenland.  The sessions included board meetings of the International Union of Circumpolar Health, presenting workshops with Canadian colleagues on community-based participatory research, and planning for a collaborative PhD in Arctic Health and Well-Being under the auspices of the University of the Arctic

Harbor in Nuuk, Greenland
Justice Center
  • The July 2013 issue of the AJSAC Fact Sheet presents data on operating budgets enacted by the Alaska Legislature for six key criminal justice agencies from state fiscal years 2001 to 2013. The budget information presented reflects appropriations rather than actual agency expenditures. The report examines increases in budget allocations for the six agencies and the criminal justice budget as a percentage of the overall statewide operating budget over the 13-year period. The Fact Sheet is by Dr. Brad A. Myrstol, director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center.
  • Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice faculty, was interviewed July 8 on KRUA 88.1 The Edge - the UAA student radio station - on "Informania."  The program host is Deb the Librarian, aka Professor Deborah Mole, Liaison Librarian to the Journalism & Public Communications Department. The interview included discussion of Dr. Chamard's research on homelessness and homeless encampments, and crimes against business; the courses she teaches; and her public service activities.
  • Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D., Justice faculty, recently spoke to Anchorage School District social studies teachers about the online resource, the Alaska Youth Law Guide: A Handbook for Teens and Young Adults. At a faculty inservice , Prof. Fortson discussed how the guide can help Alaska youth understand legal issues and navigate the justice system. The guide is a web project of the Alaska Bar Association Law Related Education (LRE) Committee, and has chapters on: Law Enforcement, Sex, Drugs & Rock n' Roll, Entering the Real World, Cars and Guns, Family Life, Schools, and the Courts.
  • Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice faculty and director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center, and Dr. Darryl Wood, Justice affiliate faculty, Washington State University Vancouver, were interviewed for the Alaska Dispatch article by Craig Medred, "Perils of Prohibition: Alaska's failed war on booze," posted online on September 4. Dr. Myrstol discussed his research on "The Alcohol-Related Workload of Patrol Officers" which examined police perceptions of time-spent on alcohol-related incidents and actual time spent on those incidents. Dr. Wood described his studies on alcohol prohibitions in rural Alaska and their outcomes, and noted that there was not a long enough follow-up period on the alcohol interdiction project which he studied to determine if it had had an effect. Both faculty members point out that other factors, not just alcohol, need to be examined when researching the problems in rural areas of Alaska.
  • The 2013 Campus Kickoff on Saturday, August 24 was a great success with - no rain! - and tons of booths, food, and activities! Dr. Andr´┐Ż Rosay;Prof. Deb Periman, J.D.; Dr. Brad Myrstol;Dr. Sharon Chamard; Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D.; Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D.; and Dr. Troy Payne Justice faculty, were on hand to talk to current and prospective Justice and Legal Studies students and their parents.  
School of Nursing

Mary Weiss and Annette Rearden, two faculty members in the ADN program held the second annual nursing camp in Bethel this August.  The camp was aimed at recruiting local students and community members into nursing. The camp was a huge success, with 14 participants.  A donation from MDF instruments contributed to the success of the outreach effort.  MDF's donation, worth hundreds of dollars, included 20 stethoscopes, a teaching stethoscope, and a variety of blood pressure cuffs.  This event was also featured in Green & Gold Daily News


WWAMI and the University of Washington (UW) hosted a Congressional staff visit in Anchorage on August 26 and 27th.  The fifteen Congressional aides were from the offices of  four Senators and seven Representatives from the five WWAMI states.  The Congressional staffers had the opportunity to meet with clinicians, UW administrators, local physicians, and WWAMI students.  The focus was WWAMI Medical Education and Residency Training; in particular funding for Graduate Medical Education.  The meeting continued through Aug 28th in Seattle on University of Washington School of Medicine campus.  


Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • September 12 -- Leadership team meeting; Ivy Spohnholz presenting.  DPL 402 
  • 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 20 -- Faculty/Staff Convocation 
  • 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
  • September 28 -- Green & Gold Gala   
  • October 5 -- Making strides against breast cancer walk 

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