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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 31, 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):

Next Week Is "National Public Health Week"! April 4-8
Don't miss the exciting series of events taking place at UAA next week, including a screening and discussion of the documentary "Paper Tigers," the "No Matter the Weather" walk around Goose Lake, a movie "Love & Mercy" with discussion, health information, and more! Download a flyer of the schedule of events (pdf).
And Don't Miss the National Events for "National Public Health Week"
Please consider participating in some great national opportunities for National Public Health Week 2016: April 4-10. Download the event flyer (pdf) for more information, including how to register for each of the following events:
  • Monday - NPHW opening forum: Creating the Healthiest Nation by 2030
  • Tuesday - Webinar: Public Health Authority over Drinking Water Quality
  • Wednesday - Twitter chat
  • Friday - Student Hangout with the Surgeon General
Unit Updates
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Exploration Camp Provides Kids with an Interactive Approach to Health Careers
The Junior Scrubs Academy is a week-long health career exploration camp for kids to nurture their innate curiosity through a variety of hands-on activities. It took place this month at the Spenard Recreation Center. Highlights included a mock OR surgery, a visit to UAA's behavioral health lab, a mock colonoscopy (with a colon large enough to walk through!), a dissection of a heart, and a stuffed animal veterinary clinic. A wide variety of healthcare providers - an RN, a dentist, a sonographer, a veterinarian, just to name a few - introduced the kids to what their careers are like in an interactive and fun way.
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Selkregg Award Winner to Be Announced at Community Engagement Forum
The 2016 Selkregg Award winner will be announced at the 7th Annual Community Engagement Forum Friday, April 22 from 2-3 pm. Eight faculty applications were received from across the curriculum: English, Engineering, Human Services, History, Psychology, Journalism & Communication, Education-Teaching & Learning, and ISER. The selected faculty will receive the $5,000 award. Kathryn Ohle, the 2015 Selkregg winner, is continuing to have children's books translated into Alaska Native languages and placed in the hands of children. She is beginning to research how the books are used, and will now apply for a larger grant to have larger print runs for printed books in addition to the electronic versions available through Unite For Literacy. A short video of Dr. Ohle's project will also be shown at the Community Engagement Forum and will be available afterward on the CCEL website.
CESAs to Display Posters at Community Engagement Forum
Approximately 25 Community Engaged Student Assistants (CESAs) will display posters of their work supporting faculty and their community partners this year at the poster session from 3:00-4:30 following the Community Engagement Forum on April 22nd. Enjoy refreshments in the atrium area outside of LIB 307. That afternoon, the posters will be moved to the first floor of the library to be displayed through April 29th. Project posters include Regional Health Equity Council with Rhonda Johnson, Brian Bee with Caroline Wilson & WWAMI, Helping the Helpers Research Project with Tracey Burke, NS 411 Interpersonal Violence Prevention with Angelia Trujillo, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders with Travis Hedwig, Selling Health with Gabe Garcia, Health Career Outreach & Promotion with Gloria Burnett, Freedom from Smoking with Pam Bowers, Alaska Sudan Medical Project with Nancy Nix, Dialogues for Public Life with Donna Aguiniga, and Food Conference & Council Guidebook with Liz-Hodges Snyder.
Faculty Group to Publish Articles on Community Engagement
A faculty group for Community Engaged Research & Scholarship has met throughout the year to publish articles on community engagement at UAA from multiple perspectives for a special issue journal. The Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship will publish accepted articles together in two segments with a footnote linking the two. College of Health faculty who expressed interest in contributing include Donna Aguiniga, Pam Bowers, and Sharon Chamard.
Curriculum Assessment Plans Underway for Spring/Summer
The Faculty UAA Community Engagement Council continues to meet monthly and work on assessment plans for community engagement across the curriculum, as well as accreditation data for Core Theme 5- "Public Square." Clare Dannenberg and Christy McDowell, two Council members, will be completing an assessment project of the course designation for community-engaged and service-learning courses in late spring and early summer.
Community Engaged Teaching & Scholarship Faculty Intensive to Be Announced in May
Planning is underway for a Faculty Intensive for Community Engaged Teaching & Scholarship in May. It will be announced soon for the week of May 9-13.

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Proclamation Signed for National Public Health Week 2016
This year's National Public Health Week takes place April 4-10 with the theme "Healthiest Nation 2030." A proclamation for National Public Health 2016 (pdf) was signed by Anchorage's Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. Also, this year, a proclamation for Alaska's Public Health Week was submitted by the Alaska Public Health Association (ALPHA) to Governor Bill Walker's Office. There will be NPHW activities that week on the UAA campus.  
Nancy Nix Presents on Public Health Emergencies and Disasters
Dr. Nancy Nix and Dr. Barry Levy.
Dr. Nancy Nix, public health faculty, presented at the annual conference for the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) held March 13-15 in Albuquerque, NM. This year's theme was "Teaching Prevention 2016: Preparing Students to Address Emerging Issues." Dr. Nix presented on "Broadening the Scope of Preparedness for Public Health Emergencies and Disasters." Plenary speakers included Dr. Camara Jones, American Public Health Association (APHA) president, and Dr. Barry Levy, co-editor of books such as War and Public Health and the newly published Climate Change and Public Health.
Travis Hedwig Receives "Influential Faculty" Award
Travis Hedwig of the Department of Health Sciences received an "influential faculty" award sponsored by the UAA Mapworks program. The award is given based on first and second year student nominations and Travis was nominated four times. Students are asked to name faculty members that have been instrumental in their success as students at UAA. A reception was held at the Student Union Den on Thursday, March 24 for all recipients. Congratulations to Travis and all faculty members who were nominated for this award.
Philippe Amstislavski Interviewed by Channel 2 on Using Mushrooms for Insulation
Dr. Philippe Amstislavski, Department of Health Sciences, was interviewed by KTUU Channel 2 on using Alaskan mushrooms to create biodegradable insulation. Watch the segment, or read more about it, titled "Researcher aims to use fungus to insulate Alaska homes" (aired on March 17, 2016):
Congratulations to MPH Students Who Successfully Defended Practicum Projects
The UAA MPH Program would like to congratulate the following graduate students for successfully defending their practicum project this semester. Keep up the good work! Stay tuned for additional defense updates by semester's end.
  • Elizabeth King, "An Analysis of Rainwater From Rural Alaska Catchments: Findings and Recommendations for Healthy Utilization"
  • Jessika Beam, "Teaching Food Systems in Alaska"
  • Tracey Martinson, "Development of a Crystalline Silica Management Plan for a Coal-fired Power Plant"
  • Jason Hahn, "Community-Scale Biosand Filter Project in Cambodia"
  • Jean Tsigonis, "How to Prolong the Career Life of a Practicing Physician: Assessing the Causes and Extent of Burnout in a Primary Care Setting"
Survey on Tobacco Policy is Underway
Randomly selected faculty, staff, and students have been sent an email invitation to complete a voluntary and anonymous survey on the current policy prohibiting smoking and tobacco use at UAA. Are you one of the lucky recipients? If so, please take the survey. It takes only 5 minutes to complete!

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Justice Center Participates in 2016 Color of Justice Program for High School Students

(l-r standing) Prof. Ryan Fortson, Justice Center, and Bruce Anders, CIRI,
with the rural high school students at the opening of the program at the
UAA Multicultural Center

The Justice Center participated in the 2016 Color of Justice program on February 25 and 26 in Anchorage. As part of this event for 40 rural high school students selected to attend, the Justice Center coordinated a half-day of presentations on campus and a campus tour. The students were flown to Anchorage from villages around the state under the auspices of the Rural Student Initiative sponsored by all of the regional Alaska Native corporations. For more information, visit:
Dr. Rivera is Part of Evaluation Team for Recover Alaska
Dr.  Marny Rivera , Justice Center faculty, is part of the evaluation team for Recover Alaska, a statewide effort supported by the Rasmuson Foundation, The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Mat-Su Health Foundation, State of Alaska-Department of Health and Social Services, Southcentral Foundation, and other stakeholders to "reduce the harm caused by excessive consumption of alcohol in our state." For more information, visit:
Prof. Brandeis Interviewed on How Marijuana Legalization Will Affect Alaska
Prof. Jason Brandeis, JD , Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, was interviewed by KTUU Channel 2 News on March 18 about the impact of marijuana legalization on the state. For more information, visit:
Dr. Rosay Presented Alaska Victimization Survey Results at Choose Respect Event

Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center Director, presented results from the 2015 Alaska Victimization Survey at the Choose Respect event in Fairbanks on March 24. The free community event was hosted by the Rotary Club of Fairbanks and the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living. For more information, visit:
Alumni Spotlight: Simona Gerdts
Simona Gerdts, BA Justice '14, minor in Legal Studies, has been living in Minot, ND where her husband was transferred with the US Air Force. She is working in the justice field full-time as the office manager/paralegal for a private law practice in Minot. Simona continues her advocacy for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. For more information, visit:
Dr. Blumenstein Was Keynote Speaker at Choose Respect March
 Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein, Justice Center faculty, was the keynote speaker at the Choose Respect March on March 24 in Anchorage. For more information, visit:
A Discussion with Prof. Fortson on Sturgeon Case to Air Sunday, April 3
Prof. Ryan Fortson, JD, Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, was interviewed by Rhonda McBride, KTVA Channel 11, about the Sturgeon vs. Frost case decided by the US Supreme Court on March 22, 2016. The interview will air on the program "Frontiers" at 4:30 pm and 10:30 pm on Sunday, April 3. The case involves questions on federal and state management of public lands. For more information, visit:
Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • 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 31 - Memorial Day holiday