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Advancing the health and well-being of people and communities
May 31, 2018
Micah Hahn Receives Funding for Study on Ticks in Alaska
Micah Hahn, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies, was funded by Alaska INBRE for her study "Understanding the Risk of Ticks and Tick-borne Pathogens in Alaska," which will kick off this fall. This project is a collaboration between UAA, UAF, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and the Office of the State Veterinarian. Dr. Hahn will be setting up field sites in several parks in Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula to look for ticks, and the project team will also create an Alaska tic k website where the public can find information on how to submit ticks they find on themselves or their pets. UAA Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Frank Witmer, will be using information on tick habitat preferences to develop a model to predict where in Alaska non-native ticks could survive based on climate and land cover.
Unit Updates
Dental Hygiene Program - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Dental Hygiene Students Volunteer at Alaska Mission of Mercy in Fairbanks
On April 13-14, nine first-year UAA Dental Hygiene students traveled to Fairbanks to volunteer at the 4th Alaska Mission of Mercy. These students were not required to attend, nor did they receive any extra credit. They made this incredible effort to make a difference in people's lives by travelling hundreds of miles on their own time during the semester. The event was a huge success, serving 652 patients and providing an estimated $743,026 in dental care. The event is planned and implemented entirely by volunteers, and 374 individuals participated to make this event happen. Our students worked in areas of homecare instruction and sterilization, with shifts starting as early as 4 am. We are extremely proud of their dedication to community service to assist those in need.

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BSHS Faculty Candidate Seminars to Take Place in June
The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) Program is conducting a faculty search to expand their faculty number to better serve the growing number of undergraduates in the health sciences program. Several faculty candidates will be on campus and will be giving public seminars, beginning June 6. We hope you can join us for these seminars! The schedule is available on the seminar flyer (pdf). Please RSVP to For questions about the BSHS Program, contact Dr. Corrie Whitmore at
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Don't Miss the 7th Swear to Care Event on June 9
The senior baccalaureate nursing students will be hosting the 7th Swear to Care event on Saturday, June 9, 10 am - 4 pm in Town Square. This is a community-wide event aimed at promoting awareness and prevention of interpersonal violence in Anchorage. The student groups will focus on issues of violence that affect our Elders, children, and homeless populations. Also joining will be the Blood Bank, AWAIC, STAR, Green Dot, National Guard, Crisis Response Canines, and possibly the Alaska School Nurses Association and the State of Alaska Maternal Child program. This is a family-focused event. Please consider coming to support your students! For more information, download the Swear to Care flyer (pdf).
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ICHS Staff Discuss Health Outcomes with Community Leaders in Bethel
Drs. Janet Johnston and Amanda Slaunwhite traveled to Bethel with Epidemiologist Bourke Betz from the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center to talk with community leaders about changes in health and safety outcomes following the opening of the first liquor store in Bethel in 2016. This trip was part of a joint project with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium funded by Recover Alaska.

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AK GILD Program Now Open for Students with Health Majors
Do you have students interested in geriatrics and gerontology who aspire to be leaders in their fields? The Center for Human Development's AK GILD (Alaska Geriatrics Interdisciplinary Leadership Development) program received a special 4th year of funding and has seats open for students in health and behavioral health majors this Fall semester. The program provides face-to-face and distance delivered interdisciplinary leadership training (150 hours) over one semester to prepare leaders to promote systems change and advocacy to meet the needs of older Alaskans, Alaska Native Elders, and their families in rural and frontier communities.

AK GILD participants will engage in a highly customized experiential learning environment based on their personal and professional leadership goals. This is a 3-credit 500-level course, but it could be used as a practicum opportunity with a built-in externship and activities at Southcentral Foundation's Nuka System of Care. Students can also train to become a Certified Dementia Practitioner® offered by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioner's ( via the AK GILD program. For more information, contact Sheila Shinn at or 907-264-6251.

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Call for Papers on Alaska's Constitution for October Symposium
Papers are being accepted for the Alaska Law Review and a Justice Center-sponsored symposium on the Alaska Constitution to be held October 12 at UAA. In recognition of the 60th anniversary of Alaska statehood in January 2019, the Alaska Law Review is dedicating its December 2018 issue to the Alaska Constitution, and is hosting, with the Justice Center, a symposium on that topic.

This is the third in a series of jointly sponsored symposiums designed to
bring together students, lawyers, academics, and judges on current and pressing legal issues facing Alaska. The December 2018 issue of the Law Review will be a "Symposium Publication" issue that includes articles related to the symposium topic. For suggested topics, and information on submitting, visit: The deadline is August 1, 2018.
Justice Center Has Temporary Summer Locations
The Justice Center and the Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) have been temporarily relocated over the summer due to renovations at the UAA/APU Consortium Library. The Justice Center is open as usual 8 am - 5 pm for the summer session at the University Center, Suite 130 at 3901 Old Seward Highway. The Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) is located for the summer at the Bragaw Office (BOC3) at 1901 Bragaw Street. For more information, visit:
Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • June 27 - Summer 2018: Second 5-wk session, first day of classes
  • June 28 - Grades due for first 5-week session
  • July 4-5 - Independence Day Holiday
  • August 8 - Grades due for 10-week session and second 5-week session
  • September 3 - Labor Day Holiday