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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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November 3, 2016
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.

Upcoming Diversity Action and Inclusion Plan Focus Group Discussions
UAA is looking for input from staff, faculty, and students in the upcoming Diversity Action and Inclusion Plan focus groups. Please consider attending one of the following discussion groups:


- Staff focus group: Thursday, Nov. 17, noon-1 pm, LIB 307

- Faculty focus group: Friday, Nov. 18, 2-3 pm, LIB 307

- Student focus group: Monday, Nov. 28, 1-2 pm, RH 106

- Open forum: Thursday, Dec. 1, noon-2 pm, LIB 307

Download the full schedule (pdf). For additional information, call 
907-786-6135 or visit the Diversity Action Plan website:
Unit Updates
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University of Alaska Behavioral Health Workforce Summit Brings Together Statewide Stakeholders
 On October 25, UA President Jim Johnsen and Jeff Jessee, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority CEO, convened a meeting of approximately one-hundred behavioral health statewide stakeholders. The University of Alaska is currently examining the role it plays in the behavioral health workforce pipeline and is searching for ways to strengthen the contribution made when developing a behavioral health workforce that is prepared to meet the needs of Alaskans. Intended outcomes will focus on additional research, investigation, and planning resulting in an updated vision and mission statement, as well as a strategic action plan which addresses the educational, academic, and continuing education pipeline for Alaska's behavioral health workforce for the next decade.

The meeting consisted of morning sessions which concentrated on providing participants with an overview of Alaska's behavioral health system transformation and specific data which informed the afternoon break-out sessions. Initial areas of focus included:
  • Career Pathways, Apprenticeships, Experiential Learning and Credit
  • Inter-professional Training and Education
  • Financing & Flexibility in Education and Training
  • Department of Corrections: Reentry Services and Coalitions
  • Cohort Model
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Kathy Craft Receives Workforce Advocacy Award
Kathy Craft, Director of the Alaska Health Workforce Commission, is the recipient of the Workforce Advocacy Award. This award was presented to her jointly by the Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce and the Mental Health Program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). The honor recognizes her as one of the foremost leaders of workforce development in health and social services in the United States. In presenting the award, these two national organizations acknowledged her steadfast commitment to strengthening the workforce in Alaska, her depth of knowledge about the workforce and workforce development strategies, and her exceptional ability to foster collaboration among diverse stakeholders in order to improve recruitment, retention, and training.
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Popular Traditional Health Based Practices Course Presented at Conference
The Alaska Training Cooperative's (AKTC) Traditional Health Based Practices (THBP) class was recently included in First Alaskans Institute's Elders & Youth Conference as a presentation "Modern and Ancient Traditions United for Wellness" that reflected the conference theme "Ancestral Imperative: Adapt. Unite. Achieve." Dr. Elizabeth Fleagle, Inupiaq Elder, Doug Modig, Tsimshian Elder, Meda DeWitt, Tlingit and Traditional Healer, and Sarah McConnell, AKTC, presented on the main stage (live streaming internationally) an introductory overview of the full day training that encourages respect for Alaska Native traditional health based practices, and achieving contemporary applications and adaptations of these practices when possible. AKTC has now offered eight sessions of this popular course that has often been described as " AK Native training that I've attended..." Two more fall sessions are full, and at least three sessions are planned for spring 2017. This distance delivered, interactive video conference class provides LPC and NASW-AK approved CE hours, as well as meeting credentialing requirements for the Alaska Commission on Behavioral Health Certification.

(front) Dr. Elizabeth Fleagle, Doug Modig; (back) Sarah McConnell, Meda DeWitt. Photo by Marilyn Weaver. 
Sarah McConnell to Attend SBIRT Training
The Alaska Training Cooperative (AKTC) now includes the evidence-based practice SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, & Referral to Treatment) training. Sarah McConnell, LCSW, AKTC Behavioral Health Training Coordinator, was sponsored by the Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center to attend the SBIRT Training of Trainers by the Institute for Research, Education & Training in Addictions.

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Dr. Garcia Named President of APHA's Asian Pacific Islander Caucus
On November 2, Dr. Gabriel Garcia took over the role of President of the American Public Health Association's Asian Pacific Islander Caucus (APIC) for Public Health. The mission of the APIC is "to advance the health and health equity of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, associated jurisdictions, and the diaspora, in affiliation with the American Public Health Association."

Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health 2016-2017 Executive Board of Directors.
Dr. Whitmore Presents on "High Impact Education Practices" at Evaluation 2016 Conference
Bachelor of Science in Health Science (BSHS) Program Coordinator Corrie Whitmore recently returned from a successful trip to the Evaluation 2016 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Whitmore led a roundtable discussion titled "Whose wisdom counts? Negotiating what is considered 'evidence' across communities." She also presented a poster detailing her recent work as a part of "Making Learning Visible" in incorporating high impact education practices (including community-engaged learning, flipped classroom techniques, and team-based learning) into evaluation courses in the Department of Health Sciences. Dr. Whitmore is happy to share her experiences with anyone wishing to apply similar techniques to their own curriculum. You can find her poster hanging in the DHS suite.
Dr. Snyder Accepted into Food Systems Leadership Institute Fellowship Program
Dr. Liz H. Snyder, Master of Public Health Program Coordinator, recently traveled to the east coast for the 12th cohort of the Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI) fellowship program. Dr. Snyder is the first Alaskan to participate in this two-year fellowship, which includes several workshops, online leadership training, mentorship, career coaching, and a food systems project. This first workshop was held in Raleigh, North Carolina, and was led by the North Carolina State University. Program funding is provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). For more information, visit:
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KTVA Channel 11 Films Sonography Students and Program
On October 13th, KTVA Channel 11 visited the School of Allied Health to film students demonstrating their learned sonography skills in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography classroom and lab. Then on October 19th, during the Daybreak segment on Workforce Wednesday, KTVA did a segment on the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at UAA. October was Medical Sonography Awarness Month. Watch the KTVA segment at:
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AJSAC Releases Fact Sheet: Homicide in Alaska, 1986-2015  
This issue of the Fact Sheet presents data on homicide rates in Alaska over a 30-year period, the most commonly used weapons in homicides, victim-offender relationships, and clearance rates for homicides. For more information, visit:
Dr. Blumenstein Participates in Alaska Quarterly Review Panel Discussion About Rape
Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein , Justice faculty, was a panelist at the October 7 UAA Alaska Quarterly Review (AQR) ( program "A Voice Against the Culture of Rape." The program began with the dramatic reading of an essay about campus rape and its aftermath. The essay, "White Horse," was recently published in AQR and written by Eliese Goldbach who lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio. AQR is the literary journal of the University of Alaska Anchorage. For more information, visit:
Prof. Brandeis Publishes Article on Marijuana Legalization in The Alaska Bar Rag
Prof. Jason Brandeis, JD , Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, published an article in the latest issue of the official publication of the Alaska Bar Association, The Alaska Bar Rag. In his article "Marijuana legalization in Alaska: It's about to get real" Prof. Brandeis discusses the complicated developments around marijuana regulation in Alaska. For more information, visit:
White House and US Attorney General Cite Research by Dr. Rosay
The White House has released a Fact Sheet for the North American Working Group on Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls. The Fact Sheet cites research from Dr. André Rosay's National Institute of Justice report "Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men: 2010 Findings From the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey." During the Working Group meeting, Attorney Generals from the United States, Mexico, and Canada delivered remarks. For more information, visit:
Dr. Rivera discusses Youth Marijuana and Prescription Drug Abuse at State Epidemiology Workgroup
Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice Center faculty, was invited to the State Epidemiological Workgroup meeting on October 12 to discuss her research, including an article in the recent issue of the Alaska Justice Forum, which looks at Anchorage adults' perceptions and attitudes toward youth abuse of marijuana and non-medical prescription drugs. For more information, visit:
Dr. Blumenstein interviewed for KTUU Channel 2 News series The Red Zone: Part 1
Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein, Justice faculty, was interviewed by KTUU Channel 2 News recently about UAA students and the risk of sexual assault and rape. The news report was part 1 in a 3-part series called the "Red Zone," a term describing the first 13 weeks of the fall semester on a college campus when students are at a higher risk of being sexually assaulted or raped. For more information, visit:
Dr. Rosay Publishes Article on Elder Abuse
Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center Director, recently published the article "Prevalence and Correlates of Elder Abuse in the United States: The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey" in the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect with co-author Dr. Carrie Mulford, National Institute of Justice. For more information, visit:
Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • November 4 - Deadline for faculty community-engaged mini-grant proposals, 4:59 pm
  • November 24-25 - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 18 - Fall commencement
  • December 26-27 - Winter holiday
  • December 24 - January 1 - Campus closed
  • January 2-3 - New Year's holiday