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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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The UAA College of Health advances the health and well being of people and communities
March 30, 2017
Announcements
Don't Miss The Visitor, a Free Film and Discussion on the Challenges of Immigration in the US!
 
The COH Diversity Committee presents a free film and classroom discussion on April 6, 5-7 pm in SSB 118. In The Visitor, college professor and recent widower Walter Vale is "forced to face issues relating to identity, immigration, and cross-cultural communication in post-9/11 New York City." Download the flyer (pdf). Free popcorn provided!

Join the Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health for a Webinar, April 13
 
In recognition of National Public Health Week and National Minority Health Month, please join the Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health (APIC) on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 3:00 pm EDT for a webinar conversation on Increasing Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in Public Health and Biomedical Research! Join special guest speakers for this important discussion on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AA and NHPIs) in the research workforce, AA and NHPI health-focused research, and efforts to diversify the public health and biomedical research workforce and promote inclusion and equity. For more information and to register, visit: https://goo.gl/forms/9ekEcPD2T5iqlvjw1. Or download a flyer (pdf)
 
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, hrpaule@alaska.edu, with questions and to co-ordinate pre-review of submissions prior to starting CIM workflow processing.
 
Unit Updates
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Health and Biomedical Science Students Compete in a Statewide Competition
 
Alaska's annual statewide HOSA conference was held in Anchorage March 23-25. The conference provided students with an opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills in a variety of competitive health science events. HOSA Future Health Professionals is the largest international organization for middle school, high school, and postsecondary/collegiate students with an interest in health professions. HOSA's mission is to raise awareness of Health Science career opportunities and provide health and biomedical science students with knowledge, skill, and leadership development. 
 
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CHD's Alaska Training Cooperative Hosts Outreach Table at Convention Health Fair 
 
Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) invited the Center for Human Development's Alaska Training Cooperative (AKTC) Fairbanks Office to host an interactive outreach table at the TCC annual Convention Health Fair in March. The TCC Convention brings together delegates from 39 villages throughout their six Interior Alaskan sub-regions (https://www.tananachiefs.org). CHD was honored to have Inupiaq Elder Dr. Elizabeth Fleagle, who grew up in Alatna/Allakaket, join our outreach efforts with Sarah McConnell, LCSW.

AKTC's behavioral health theme this year was "Culture is Wellness," using berry picking in our interactive collection of participant thoughts on how their culture nurtures wellness. The rich array of comments shared included many references to traditional and customary hunting, fishing, and gathering activities. Participants talked with emotion about wellness benefits of culture, such as passing their Native language on to the next generations, long walking out on the country, practicing traditional family activities, and teaching songs, dances, and stories of their culture. We are grateful to TCC Health Services for this exceptional opportunity.

 
Dr. Elizabeth Fleagle and Sarah McConnell at the outreach table. 
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National Public Health Week Events, April 3-9
 
Lots of exciting events are taking place on the UAA campus for National Public Health Week, April 3-9. Events include an ongoing display in the UAA/APU Consortium Library, a celebration with exhibits and treats in the Rasmuson Hall main floor, the annual "No Matter the Weather" walk, an Interactive Community-Public Health Forum, and a film "The Visitor," about the Challenges of Immigration in the US. For a complete list and more details, download the flyer (pdf).
 
Governor Walker and Mayor Berkowitz Sign Proclamations to Support Public Health
 
National Public Health Week is designated for April 3-9, 2017. Alaska's Governor Walker and Mayor Berkowitz of the Municipality of Anchorage are in the process of signing proclamations to call upon Alaskans to observe this week, to connect within our communities, and to better understand the importance of public health. Also, to date, we have three additional signed proclamations from Vice-Mayor Maczynski of Bethel, Mayor Zak of Homer, and Mayor Gabriel, Sr. of Kenai! We thank them all for their support of public health!

Post Your Favorite Public Health Photos on Instagram for National Public Health Week!

Tara Stiller
Show your support of National Public Health Week by posting your favorite public health-related photos from all over Alaska in our Instagram campaign "What is Public Health in Alaska?" Use the hashtag #AKpublichealth.
This is part of a Community-Engaged Student Assistant (CESA) project between ALPHA and the UAA DHS, led by Dr. Nancy Nix. Tara Stiller is an MPH student and the CESA this semester who is working on this project. For more information, download a flyer (pdf). 
 
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Alternative Court Panel Discussion to Take Place Thursday, March 30
 
Join the UAA Justice Club as they present a panel discussion of alternative courts in Alaska's state and federal district courts.
  • Date: Thursday, March 30
  • Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Location: UAA/APU Consortium Library, LIB 307
Drug courts, veteran courts, and reentry courts offer offenders an opportunity to work with a collaborative team toward treatment and rehabilitation. National Criminal Justice Month events are sponsored by the Justice Center and the UAA Justice Club. For more information about this event, visit: http://uaajusticecenter.blogspot.com/2017/03/alternative-court-panel-discussion.html  
 
New Plan to Strengthen Trust between Police and Community

Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, Anchorage Police Capt. Sean Case, Sgt. Brian Williams, president of the 
Anchorage Police Department Employees Association (APDEA) , Jamie Boring, executive director of the  Anchorage Downtown Partnership , and Nora Morse, Special Assistant to Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, explained APD's Community Action Policing initiative and expanded foot patrols at an event sponsored by the UAA Justice Club and Justice Center as part of  National Criminal Justice Month. The idea is to proactively prevent crime instead of react to it, according to a letter Mayor Berkowitz sent to the Anchorage community regarding  APD's 2017 Targeted Crime Plan . For more information, visit: http://uaajusticecenter.blogspot.com/2017/03/new-plan-to-strengthen-trust-between.html .
 
(l-r) Nora Morse, Capt Sean Case, Sgt. Brian Williams, and Mayor Ethan Berkowitz
 
Alaska Criminal Justice Working Group Reviews Preliminary Results First Data 
 
Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice faculty , presented Results First benefit to cost model estimates on a dozen Alaska Department of Corrections (ADOC) programs to the Alaska Criminal Justice Working Group (ACJWG) in Juneau. Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan, Supreme Court Justice Joel Bolger, Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth, Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams, Mental Health Trust Authority Chief Operating Officer Steve Williams, were among those who responded to the findings with vigorous discussion, including how results might be used to inform future decision-making by policy makers and program heads in the criminal justice system. For more information, visit: http://uaajusticecenter.blogspot.com/2017/03/alaska-criminal-justice-working-group.html .
 
Zonta Club Awards Blumenstein at Choose Respect Event
 
Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein,   Justice faculty, spoke of the need for continued work to address intimate partner and sexual violence at yesterday's Choose Respect march in Anchorage. She presented data from the  Alaska Victimization Survey   on the impact of stalking on victims of intimate partner and sexual violence. In recognition of her work to make a difference in the lives of women and girls of Alaska, Dr. Blumenstein received the Zonta Rose Day award from the Zonta Club of Anchorage. Zonta is a service organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and children through education, funds and service projects. For more information, visit: http://uaajusticecenter.blogspot.com/2017/03/zonta-club-awards-blumenstein-at-choose.html.

 

Tales from Territorial Lawyers and Judges in New Book
 
University of Alaska Press released  The Biggest Damned Hat: Tales from Alaska's Territorial Lawyers and Judges  by Pamela Cravez, editor of the Alaska Justice Forum and research associate at the Justice Center. Built on interviews and oral histories from more than fifty lawyers who worked in Alaska before 1959, and buttressed by research into legal history, The Biggest Damned Hat provides new perspectives on Alaska history from gold rush times to statehood. For more information, visit:
 
Dr. André Rosay Awarded Competitive Visiting Fellowship with National Institute of Justice
 
Dr. André Rosay , Justice Center director, was awarded a competitive Visiting Fellowship with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in the Office of Justice Programs at the US Department of Justice in Washington DC. NIJ's Visiting Fellows Program brings experienced practitioners, policymakers, and (in exceptional circumstances) researchers into residency at NIJ to make important policy and scholarly contributions with practical application to the criminal justice field and to infuse research into policy and practice. During his Fellowship, Dr. Rosay will be working on peer reviewed publications using data from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. For more information, visit: http://uaajusticecenter.blogspot.com/2017/03/dr-andre-rosay-awarded-competitive.html.  
   
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