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May 12, 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):
Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation to Move to COH
The COH would like to welcome the Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation (HPER). HPER will be moving from the UAA Community & Technical College (CTC) to the College of Health on July 1, 2016. Read more in the UAA Green and Gold:

Collaborative Publications

"Building the Skills of Direct Care Workers: The Alaskan Core Competencies Initiative" Journal of Rural Mental Health: 2016, Vol. 40, No. 1, 31-39,

Authors: Michael A. Hoge; Mimi McFaul; Lisa L. Cauble; Kathryn L. Craft; Manuel Paris Jr.; Rick M. Calcote
Lisa L. Cauble, MSW is the director of the AK Training Cooperative, located within the Center for Human Development. The AK Training Cooperative (AKTC) promotes career development opportunities for direct support professionals, supervisors, and professionals in the field engaged with AK Mental Health Trust Authority beneficiaries by ensuring that technical assistance and training is accessible and coordinated.
Kathy Craft is the director of the Alaska Health Workforce Coalition (The Coalition), located within the College of Health's Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce. The Coalition is a private-public partnership created to develop, implement, and support a statewide approach to ensure a robust workforce to address Alaska's growing behavioral health and health care needs.
Growing up Anchorage 2015: Anchorage Youth and Young Adult Behavioral Health and Wellness Assessment (December 2015)

This report was developed as part of a UAA research project led by the
Center for Human Development. It is under the auspices of the Anchorage Collaborative Coalitions.
  • Karen Heath, MS, Center for Human Development
  • Gabriel M. Garcia, PhD, Department of Health Sciences
  • Bridget Hanson, PhD, Center for Behavioral Health Research & Services
  • Marny Rivera, PhD, Justice Center
  • Travis Hedwig, PhD, Department of Health Sciences, Center for Human Development
  • Rebekah Moras, PhD, Center for Human Development
  • Danielle Reed, MS, Center for Human Development
  • Curtis Smith, PhD, Center for Human Development
  • Sylvia Craig, Alaska Injury Prevention Center
  • Editor: Roxann Lamar, MS, Center for Human Development
Unit Updates
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We Are All Elders in Training Summit a Success in Fairbanks
The Center for Human Development's Alaska Training Cooperative (AKTC) Fairbanks Office hosted the 8th Annual We Are All Elders in Training Summit in Fairbanks April 26th and 27th. The theme "Connecting Current Paths with Treasured Traditions" was highlighted in keynotes by Deg Xi'tan Athabascan Elder Sam Demientieff and Dr. Barbara Lando, UAF Professor Emerita of Mathematics and Computer Science, who is currently launching Aging at Home Fairbanks, part of the national Village to Village Network.

Participants played an active role in the gathering through hands-on activities as well as contributing to break-out discussion groups such as "Remaining Curious." A special feature was the Na'sidzaaya Goghtoon: Hold Our Hearts Together with Elder Guidance panel discussion by six esteemed Alaska Native Elders, and approved for Continuing Education credit by the National Association of Social Workers. The Summit organizers were AKTC's Marilyn Weaver and Sarah McConnell, LCSW, with the exceptional support of AKTC director Lisa Cauble and the AKTC Elder Guidance Group. A special part of this year's summit was the participation of the UAF Social Work BSW Rural Cohort students attending from all across Alaska.
Elder panel participants: (l-r) Frank Haldane, Tsimshian; Sam Smith, Yup'ik; Sam Demientieff, Deg Xi'tan Athabascan; Dr. Elizabeth Nictune Kavruk Fleagle, Inupiaq; Marjorie Attla, Koyukon Athabascan; and Cora Demit, Upper Tanana Athabascan.

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Biofoams Project Wins Innovation Award
Dr. Philippe Amstislavski's biomaterials project on formulating carbon-neutral, non-toxic, and biodegradable insulation won the "most beneficial for Alaska innovation" award. It was presented by Lt. Govenor Mallot at the UAA World Intellectual Property Day last week. Dr. Amstislavski, Department of Health Sciences, and his team, which includes Dr. Joey Yang, College of Engineering, is working on a biotechnology that will produce high-performing green foam to replace non-biodegradable plastic foams in insulation.
Dr. Travis Hedwig and Rebecca Barker Publish Article on Perceptions of Homelessness and Access to Public Space
Travis Hedwig, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences, and Rebecca Barker, Graduate Research Assistant in Social Work, recently co-authored an article on perceptions of homelessness and access to public space in Anchorage. The article "Exploring the boundaries of public space in the urban north" was published in Medicine Anthropology Medicine (April 14, 2016) and can be found at:
Health Sciences Graduate Receives Fulbright Student Award
Crystalyn Lemieux, a recent Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences graduate, has been selected for a 2016-17 Fulbright US Student Award to Canada. She will be living and working at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC using Eportfolio technology to create a global learning community and space of collaboration for indigenous college students. As a student at UAA Health Sciences, Crystalyn focused on health education and completed her practicum with First Alaskans Institute working on issues of racial equity. 
MPH Student Presents at Healthcare Advancement Conference
UAA MPH student Jeni Rogers presented her poster on The Anchorage Health Literacy Collaborative (TAHLC) projects at the national Institute for Healthcare Advancement conference in Anaheim, California last week. She also had the pleasure of meeting Health Literacy pioneer Rima Rudd. The Leonard Doak Memorial Scholarship supported Jeni's health literacy work and travel to the conference. UAA MPH students interested in learning more about the scholarship, or getting more involved in TAHLC, should contact Dr. Rhonda Johnson,, or Jenifer Lucy Rogers,

(l-r) Jeni Rogers and Rima Rudd.
Congratulations Health Science Graduates!
Spring 2016 Bachelor of Science in Health Science graduates with Dr. Corrie Whitmore and Dr. Travis Hedwig.

MPH Student Laila Allen Defends Practicum
The MPH Program would like to congratulate Laila Allen for her successful defense of her project practicum titled "Healthy Alaskans 2020 Implementation Pilot." Way to go Laila!
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Dr. Rosay Authors Report on Violence Against American Indians and Alaska Natives

Dr. André Rosay , National Institute of Justice Visiting Executive Research Fellow, is the author of the report "Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men: 2010 Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey," recently published by National Institute of Justice Research Report. The report finds that violence against American Indians and Alaska Natives is more common than violence against others--far more common than previous research indicated. For more information, visit:
Justice Center Celebrates Professional Administrative Staff

On April 27, the Justice Center celebrated the professional administrative staff and their contribution to our academic and research programs. These individuals are important members of the Justice Center team. For more information, visit:
Congrats to Our May 2016 Justice and Legal Studies Grads!
Thirty-seven graduates from the Justice Center celebrated their commencement on May 1, 2016.

Webinar to Feature Dr. Rosay Discussing Violence against American Indians and Alaska Natives
Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center Director, is the featured presenter for the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center (NIWRC) webinar scheduled on May 18 at 11:00 am Alaska time. The title of the webinar is "Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men: 2010 Findings from the National Intimate Partner And Sexual Violence Survey."  Dr. Rosay will discuss his research as a Visiting Executive Research Fellow at the National Institute of Justice. For more information, visit: .
Prof. Periman Steps Down as Chair of UAA Community Engagement Council
Prof. Deb Periman, JD, Legal Studies Program Coordinator, is stepping down as chair of the UAA Community Engagement Council. She has served in this capacity since the council's inception in 2014. The university-wide council has members serving from each of UAA's colleges and community campuses, and works in conjunction with the Center for Community Engagement & Learning (CCEL). For more information, visit:

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Social Work Instructors Receive Training as Leadership Coaches
Tammy Sandoval, Cory Bryant, and Tom McRoberts, instructors with the School of Social Work's Child Welfare Academy (CWA), are completing extensive training to become coaches through the Teleos Leadership Institute in Philadelphia, PA. The Institute offers an extensive year-long curriculum both on site in Philadelphia then through individual follow up sessions with the goal of shaping future teaching coaching strategies to managers to meet their full leadership potential. As coaches, the three social workers will provide leadership development to supervisors and managers with the Office of Children's Services as part of an overall coaching program. Through coaching, supervisors and managers think critically, develop emotional intelligence, and improve team building skills. The program already shows great promise, with the UAA School of Social Work completing an evaluation and may be poised to publish these excellent outcomes.

Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • May 16 - Summer 2016: First 5-wk session, first day of classes  
  • May 20 - National Bike to Work Day
  • May 30 - Memorial Day holiday
  • June 22 - Summer 2016, Second 5-week session, first day of classes
  • July 4 - Independence Day holiday
  • August 25 - Fall COH All-College Meeting, 11:30-3, Lucy Cuddy Hall