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March 2, 2017
The COH Welcomes Margaret Baker as College Compliance Officer  

Welcome to Margaret Baker, new Compliance Officer. In this capacity, Margaret will collaborate with college leadership to build and maintain a compliance program. She is a graduate of the UAA MBA program, and has served as an adjunct at UAA since 2001. Her experience with compliance programs comes from 12 years of experience in compliance and leadership at Blood Bank of Alaska. Margaret is located in PSB 205L, or she can be reached at  786-4416 or

COH Curriculum Committee Meets Wednesdays  

For the Fall 2016 semester, the COH Curriculum Committee will meet Wednesdays, 3-4:30 pm. Submissions need to be in the CIM system ready for committee review by 9 am Monday the week prior. Contact Harriet Paule,, with questions and to co-ordinate pre-review of submissions prior to starting CIM workflow processing.
Unit Updates
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AHEC's Rural Immersion Institute of the North (RIIN) Program is Open to UAA Students!

The Rural Immersion Institute of the North (RIIN) is a roughly 3-week program that introduces healthcare students to the realities of providing care in rural Alaska. Students spend the beginning of the program in Anchorage, learning about Alaskan culture and meeting with healthcare professionals to hear about their experiences. The middle 10 days are spent job shadowing healthcare professionals in a rural community somewhere in the state. The program ends back in Anchorage where students present their experiences and lessons learned.  The summer 2017 program will run July 12-August 2. A special discounted rate of $2,000 is available to UAA healthcare students. For more information, contact Dave Berry at 907-786-4853 or .

South Central AHEC Seeking Mentors

Not everyone has an equal opportunity to grow and thrive in the healthcare sector. The South Central Alaska AHEC (Area Health Education Center) is looking for dynamic professionals in the  health and social services sector to become mentors for a new mentorship program. As a mentor, you will assist the South Central Alaska AHEC in piloting a mentorship program designed to honor, nurture, and support Medical Office Assistants and other entry level candidates as they enter the healthcare workforce. To apply, visit the following web site and click the signup button: . For more information, call Eryn Wade, Mentorship Specialist at  907-212-6590. Or download a flyer (pdf).

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Recruitment is Underway fo r the 2017 AK GILD

Please join the Alaska Geriatric Interdisciplinary Leadership Development Program (AK GILD)  Program this summer and get paid to attend and earn 1 credit for a summer assignment with the UAA College of Health.
Are you a tenure track or term faculty with a .5 FTE or greater in a non-administrative assignment interested in becoming leaders in the field of geriatrics?  Alaska GILD provides interdisciplinary leadership training for faculty who have a commitment to focus on an aspect of leadership in geriatrics.
Program benefits to faculty include 1 credit assignment with the UAA College of Health where you get paid to attend. Travel costs will be covered for those outside Anchorage/Mat-Su region. You will get to attend the June 2017 Southcentral Foundation Nuka Conference and Core Concepts training ($4000 value), and have the opportunity to learn about an exciting new model of care. You will also learn about Alaska Native elders and older adult health needs that you can use to augment the material you cover in classes and your current syllabi. The end result for this course is to complete a project specific to your experience in this externship that will be shared with students within your academic courses in AY 17-18.

Applications are being accepted through April 1 for the 2017 AK GILD Program. For more information, please contact Sheila Shinn at 907-264-6251 or

Adrienne Voss Receives David G. Stone K-12 Instructor of the Year Award

The Alaska Training Cooperative (AKTC) would like to recognize Ms. Adrienne Voss as a recipient of the David G. Stone K-12 Instructor of the Year Award provided through the Alaska Workforce Investment Board.  The David G. Stone Award was established to recognize outstanding partners in workforce development and was named in recognition of Mr. Stone's dedication to workforce development and Alaska hire.  Adrienne Voss, a registered nurse teaching the Personal Care Attendant (PCA) curriculum at King Career Center, is an Alaska Core Competencies (ACC) Trainer. Ms. Voss attended a two-day Train the Trainer event in Anchorage in 2014 to become an ACC instructor.

The Alaska Core Competencies training is tailored specifically for direct service providers and was created out of a need to provide foundational training on the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to provide quality services to Alaska Mental Health Trust beneficiaries and vulnerable Alaskans. The AKTC is responsible for oversight and coordination for ACC training and provides this training resource across Alaska, including the ACC Train the Trainer annual event.

For the past two years, Ms. Voss has taken a leadership role to enhance her teaching program by integrating the Alaska Core Competencies with her PCA instruction for graduating high school seniors. Her students are not only learning from PCA curriculum, they are also receiving training in the statewide recognized ACC training. Ms. Voss takes into consideration her student's different learning styles and uses a variety of techniques including guest speakers, PowerPoints, discussions, and experiential exercises.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month - Join Us to Learn More about TBI Treatments!

The 21st Century Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Treatments  will take place March 25 & 26, 2017.  This training brings together a variety of experts to present current and effective treatments for patients living with brain injury. Day one includes presentations from a local Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) expert, a local speech-language pathologist on cognitive overload, and a national expert on the Buffalo Treadmill Test and exercise intolerance. Day two includes presentations from a physical therapist on vision, balance, and vestibular issues, and a national expert on peripheral nerve entrapments and headache treatments.  CMEs will be offered.  For more information and to register, visit: For questions contact, Danielle Reed,  or 264-6230.

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Ribbon-Cutting for UAA's Mamava Lactation Pod, March 24

Please join Dr. Corrie Whitmore (Health Sciences) and the UAA Lactation Workgroup for the ribbon-cutting of our new lactation pod in the Student Union on March 24 at 2:30 pm. This is the first lactation pod in Alaska and was brought to campus through the competitive Alaska Workplace Breastfeeding Support Program. We are thrilled to have this accommodation for our employees, students, and community guests who need a designated place to express breast milk on campus.

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Dr. Brad Myrstol Participates in Panel on Criminal Justice Reform

(l-r) Commissioner Monegan,  Mayor Berkowitz, and Capt. Case  listen to Dr. Myrstol at Chugiak- Eagle River public meeting.
Dr. Brad Myrstol
, Justice Center faculty and director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) and Alaska Justice Information Center (AJIC), participated in a public meeting that drew more than 50 people to discuss criminal justice reform on February 25. Other panelists at the Chugiak-Eagle River meeting included Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan,  Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, APD Capt. Sean Case, Alaska Judicial Council Executive Director Susanne DiPietro, Department of Law Criminal Division Director John Skidmore, and Department of Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams. Sen. Anna MacKinnon (R-Eagle River) hosted the discussion. For more information, visit: .

Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein Presents Research on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence at Juneau "Lunch and Learn"

On February 22 in Juneau, Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein , faculty member in the Justice Center, presented results from the Alaska Victimization Survey and the University of Alaska Campus Climate Survey at a "Lunch and Learn" event focused on ending domestic violence and sexual violence in Alaska. The event was organized by the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault and sponsored by Alaska State Representatives Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) and Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage). A video of the presentation is available at: .

AJSAC Fact Sheet: Violent Crime Reported in Alaska, 1986-2015

The most recent issue of the AJSAC Fact Sheet  "Violent Crime Reported in Alaska, 1986-2015"  presents data on violent crimes reported in Alaska from 1986 to 2015, as reported in the Alaska Department of Public Safety publication Crime in Alaska. From 1986 to 2015, violent crime rates increased in Alaska although the overall crime rate decreased. Homicide and robbery rates declined over the 30-year period, while rape and aggravated assault rates increased from 1986 to 2015--with aggravated assault acting as the main driver of increases in the violent crime rate over the period. The fact sheet is by  Khristy Parker , Research Professional at AJSAC. For more information, visit: .

Pamela Cravez Joins Justice Center

Pamela Cravez  joins the Justice Center as Research Associate and editor of the  Alaska Justice Forum . Ms. Cravez received her JD from Catholic University Law School and an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has worked as a public defender, communications director, reporter, writer, editor, and researcher. Her book,  The Biggest Damned Hat: Tales from Territorial Alaska's Lawyers and Judges,  will be released by the University of Alaska Press in April 2017. For more information, visit: .

Justice Center Welcomes Students at 2017 Spring Preview Day

Dr. Marny Rivera , Justice Undergraduate Program Coordinator, and  Prof. Kristin Knudsen, JD, MJS,  Legal Studies Program Coordinator, taught three mock classes to give students an idea as to what classes would be like in Justice Center programs. They also spoke with high school students in the Student Union at the  Spring 2017 Preview Day  on February 10.  Dr. Rivera  and  Prof. Knudsen  helped students understand what they could expect from the Justice Undergraduate Program and the Legal Studies Program and fielded questions from students who came from all over Alaska and as far away as Texas. For more information, visit: .

Justice Center Assists with Alaska Court System Annual Report FY2016

The Justice Center assisted with layout and design of  the recently released Alaska  Court System Annual Report FY 2016 .  The report includes an overview of the court system, review of court initiatives over the fiscal year, photo directory of Alaska Court System judges and magistrate judges, maps of court locations, statistical tables of court system activity, and photos of Alaska court houses and scenic areas around the state.  For the past five years, Melissa  S. Green,  Justice Center publication specialist, has worked with A ntonia Moras , project coordinator for the court system and former editor of the  Alaska Justice Forum Ms. Green collaborated on both the annual report   and a more abbreviated report Profile of the Alaska Court System 2017 . For more information, visit: .

Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • March 3 - UNAC workloads due to directors/chairs
  • March 9 - Leadership team meeting
  • March 15 - UAFT & UNAC sabbatical reports / faculty development and research travel grant applications due to OAA
  • March 23 - Leadership team meeting
  • April 3 - UNAC workloads due to Dean
  • April 13 - Leadership team meeting
  • April 27 - Leadership team meeting
  • May 3 - UNAC workload due to faculty
  • May 7 - Spring Commencement