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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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March 17, 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):
Unit Updates
Center for Human Development - - - - - - - - - - - -

Upcoming 11th Reducing Recidivism through Successful Reentry Conference
  • March 22-23, 2016
  • Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage
This conference brings together community providers working with returning citizens who are also Trust Beneficiaries, such as people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, chronic alcoholism and other substance related disorders, Alzheimer's disease and related dementia, and traumatic brain injuries. Community providers include mental health professionals, substance abuse professionals, case managers; program managers, and juvenile and adult probation or parole officers. The conference has a youth and adult track, and is a great opportunity to network with professionals from around the state. For more information, and to register, visit:
Upcoming 15th Annual Full Lives Conference for Direct Service Professionals
  • March 30-31, 2016
  • Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage
Full Lives features national and Alaskan experts on key issues affecting direct service professionals and the people they support, including but not limited to: supporting people with developmental disabilities, behavioral health/mental illness, chronic alcoholism and other substance abuse, traumatic brain injuries, FASD, and Alzheimer's Disease and other age-related dementia. Full Lives receives funding and support from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and the UAA Center for Human Development's Alaska Training Cooperative. Registration link:


Alaska Training Cooperative Participates in TCC Health Fair
Once again, the Annual Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) Convention Health Fair invited the Alaska Training Cooperative's (AKTC) participation. In addition to receiving information about AKTC's trainings, people of the TCC region were invited to share "I Will..." cards describing what they will do to prevent suicide. For over two years, AKTC and TCC have partnered to provide the Alaska Gatekeepers/QPR training in Fairbanks and many of the 43 TCC villages.

Sarah McConnell, LCSW, AKTC Training Coordinator, displaying some of the hundreds of the inspiring "I Will..." responses for suicide prevention.

Department of Human Services - - - - - - - - - - - -

Two College of Health Faculty Members Elected to National Offices
At the February 26, 2016 meeting, the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) elected Dr. Laura Kelley, UAA Human Services Professor Emeritus (Ret.), as the National Vice President of Accreditation. At the same meeting, Dr. Yvonne Chase, Assistant Professor of Human Services, was elected as the Council's Far West and Northwest Regional Director. The UAA Human Services Department has been accredited by the Council since 2003 and was re-accredited in 2014.

Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies - - - - -
Social and Environmental Determinants of Health in Alaska Symposium
This symposium will bring multidisciplinary teams of biomedical and health researchers together to discuss translational research, with a goal to expand the INBRE network, and to enhance interdisciplinary and translational biomedical and health research.
  • Thursday & Friday, April 14th & 15th, 2016
  • Embassy Suites (600 E Benson Blvd, Anchorage, AK)
Please join us Thursday, April 14th at 5 pm for an evening with Dr. Bruce Ruscio as he presents research findings on One Health, a strategy for resilience in a changing arctic.
For more information, download the symposium flyer (pdf) . Or contact Kelsie Sullivan, or (907)786-6460.

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Prof. Fortson Coordinates 2016 Alaska High School Mock Trial Competition
Prof. Ryan Fortson, JD, Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, is the State Coordinator for the Alaska High School Mock Trial Competition. He was one of numerous judges, lawyers, and non-lawyer volunteers for this annual competition, held March 3-5 at the Boney Courthouse in Anchorage. The competition is sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section of the Anchorage Bar Association and the Alaska Court System. For more information, visit:
Dr. Blumenstein Keynote Speaker in Upcoming Choose Respect March
Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein, Justice Center faculty, will be the keynote speaker at the Choose Respect March on Thursday, March 24 in Anchorage. The event is sponsored by the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA) and the Zonta Club of Anchorage. For more information, visit:
Video Now Available on Lessons Learned from Fairbanks 4 Exoneration
The video "The Fairbanks 4: Lessons Learned from Alaska's First Exoneration" is now available. The live program was held March 9, 2016 at the UAA/APU Consortium Library. The Alaska Innocence Project and the Office of Public Advocacy spearheaded the effort to exonerate the Fairbanks 4. Two of the lawyers involved in the case, as well as a forensic scientist who provided expert testimony, were panelists for this program. For more information, and to view this video, visit: .

Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • March 18 - Spring Break Holiday  
  • April 2 - UAFT workloads due to administrator
  • April 3 - UNAC workload due to faculty  
  • April 15 - Faculty Development and Research Travel Grant Awards to Faculty
  • April 30 - Graduate Hooding Ceremony
  • May 1 - Commencement
  • May 3 - UNAC workloads due from dean to faculty
  • May 7 - UNAC workloads due to OAA*
  • May 7 - UNAC notification to dean from faculty planning to stand for P&T with list of external reviewers
  • May 16 - Memorial Day holiday