In This Issue
Quick Links
About this Newsletter
The College of Health Newsletter is published every two weeks by the UAA COH Dean's Office.

To submit content, email:
Mission Statement ~ ~ ~
Advancing the health and well-being of people and communities
November 30, 2017
UAA Launches Online Career Coach
UAA launched a new online tool to help individuals explore careers and search for jobs. This web-based tool, called Career Coach ( ), is geared toward anyone looking to start a new career. Read more in the Green & Gold article "University of Alaska launches online job search and career development program" (11/1/17):
The Giving Tree Needs Your Support!
For the sixth year, the Child Welfare Academy (CWA) is hosting The Giving Tree for our UAA students in the foster care system. The CWA would like to encourage individuals or groups to select a name off the tree. Due to the overwhelming outreach from both the UAA and Anchorage communities, only a few tags are left. However, your support is still needed! These students can always use more of the following:
  • Gift cards to places that sell food
  • Hygiene supplies (e.g., toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste)
  • Household items (e.g., towels and can openers are a hit)
  • Non-perishable food items
Please drop off unwrapped donations before 5 pm, December 13 at the Child Welfare Academy Office (BOC3 / 1901 Bragaw Street, Ste 105). The Child Welfare Academy accepts donations year-round and is always in need of generous benefactors like you. For questions about The Giving Tree, or to schedule a time for donations to be picked up from your work location, please email Kelsie Sullivan at
Unit Updates
School of Nursing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Marianne Murray and Kathy Craft Continue Their Tour of Distant Campuses around Alaska
In this time of Thanksgiving and holiday cheer, the UAA School of Nursing is thankful to the faculty and staff at the distance campuses visited recently. Kathy Craft, Interim Associate Dean of Planning, Development, and Partnerships, and Marianne Murray, Director of the school of Nursing, recently visited seven communities and distance campuses in Nome, Kotzebue, Bethel, Dillingham, Sitka, Petersburg, and Kenai.
While in Nome, the duo toured the beautiful Norton Sound Hospital, followed by a trip to the UAF Northwest Campus, then the Northwestern Alaska Career and Technical Center, a joint-venture regional vocational training center. A trip to Kotzebue the next day focused on a tour of the Maniilaq Heath Center where they met with nursing students. "All of the students are strong advocates in their community for increasing the number of nursing students in the program," said Marianne.
In Bethel, Dean Jeff Jessee, Kathy, and Marianne met the administrative staff of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital and the Bethel Clinic to discuss the significant growth in medical facilities -- and the workforce needs associated with the expansion. Plans are to rebuild the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation hospital by 2021.
While in Dillingham, Kathy, Marianne, and Ryan Shercliffe, COH Simulation Center Manager, met with the administrative team and toured the Kanakanak hospital. In Southeast Alaska, Marianne and Kathy visited the UAS Sitka Campus, meeting with students and administration to discuss the possible expansion of the nursing program. "Everyone was very excited to discuss how the nursing program has been influential in their community," said Marianne. In Petersburg, nursing has a new campus in the Petersburg Medical Center with four new nursing students in its inaugural cohort. These students would like to remain and work in Petersburg, making this endeavor highly fruitful for the Medical Center. In Soldotna, a highlight of the visit to the Kenai Peninsula College campus was the simulation lab and paramedic program with state-of-the-art equipment available to the students.
The last stop on this whirlwind tour of distance campuses is currently taking place in Homer, at which time 14 nursing distance campuses will have been visited. Read the full article on the tour of the above seven communities (pdf).
Sitka Nursing Students Making a Difference
On October 28, two UAA School of Nursing students on the Sitka campus volunteered at the free flu clinic sponsored by the Sitka Public Health Center and Sitka Fire Department. One of the students, Paul Norwood, was featured in a photo on the front page of the Daily Sitka Sentinel (10/30/17).
Alaska Center For Rural Health and
Health Workforce
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Janice Troyer to Retire after 17 Years with UAA
The Alaska AHEC Program would like to honor and acknowledge the retirement of AHEC Program Manager Janice Troyer. Her 17 years working for UAA span the AHEC's time as a center within the WWAMI AHEC family through the transition to a dedicated AHEC statewide program. Janice's work ethic, dedication, high quality performance, and consistent presence were essential to both the day-to-day responsibilities of an AHEC and the long-term vision for linking student outcomes to meaningful health careers. Her leadership and vision for Alaska's data management and analysis system resulted in a robust inter-state collaborative database-the Pipeline Cache-which serves AHECs in Alaska, Connecticut, and Utah.
When all is said and done, at the core, Janice is a stable, resilient, and truly dedicated professional who contributed to every aspect of the AHEC program--within our state, region, and nation. She epitomizes the AHEC program and has contributed, without thought of accolade, to its longevity and success. Thank you Janice for all you have done to pave the way for the AHEC Program! Read more about Janice (pdf).
Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

COH Dean's Office Staff Take on Students in Aqua Basketball
Last week, COH Dean's Office staff Dean Jeff Jessee, Harriet Paule, and Marsha Oberlender spent an hour "getting well" with the HPER student-provided Knock-out November and De-stress December event. They formed a staff Aqua Basketball team to play against students. Game 1 went to staff and game 2 went to students. Check out the many other events for the Knock-out November and De-stress December: .
Know Your Numbers Program Helps Employees Reach Fitness Goals
The Know Your Numbers (KYN) program kicked off on Halloween day for it's second year. KYN is a service to all UAA employees provided by the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER). The KYN program is a series of exercise tests that assess a client's current fitness level to give them information they need to create health and fitness goals. All tests, results, and demonstrations are given by an HPER student with faculty oversight. Tests include measuring body composition with the BodPod and measuring body movement patterns with a Partial Functional Movement Screen.
This year, 50 UAA employees participated in the KYN program, all of which had never taken part in the program before. Once KYN comes to a close, a survey will be sent to the clients to gather information on how to improve the program. According to Junland Navarro, HPL intern, unofficial feedback was positive. "Overall, from what I saw, it was a good experience for the employees as well as the students getting to do hands on training from their courses. Many of the student technicians created relationships with their clients during the program sharing common interests and making connections." For more information on the KYN program, visit:
Alaska ACSM Regional Chapter Hosts 1st Annual 2017 Speaker Tour
On November 10, the Alaska American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Regional Chapter hosted its first speaker tour in the Rasmussen Hall. Around 70 individuals attended, including physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists, students, personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, and dieticians. The topic of the event was "Exercise is Medicine." According to the ACSM web site, Exercise is MedicineĀ® (EIM) is  
"...a global health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) [that] encourages primary care physicians and other health care providers to include physical activity when designing treatment plans and to refer patients to evidence-based exercise programs and qualified exercise professionals."  
This event was supported by HPER, with planning by Alaska ACSM President Maryann Hoke and EIM Club officers Savannah Green, Junland Navarro, Natalie Hearn, and Jordyn Block.
Department of Health Sciences - - - - - - - - - - - -

Dr. Whitmore Presents at Evaluation Meeting in Washington DC
Dr. Corrie Whitmore participated in the American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting in Washington DC in November. The theme of the conference was "From Learning to Action." Dr. Whitmore chaired a panel on teaching evaluation, as well as attended the association board meeting as a Board Member at Large.
Justice Center - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Alaska Justice Information Center Provides Research Necessary for Evidence-Based Policy Making
In recent stories published in Alaska Business Monthly and the Cordova Times, Brad Myrstol, AJiC director, stated that the Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) is well-positioned to provide Alaska policy makers and lawmakers with the information and research necessary to make evidence-based decisions. According to Myrstol, policy makers have historically relied upon "gut-feel" rather than data. That trend is changing and AJiC is making it possible for lawmakers to dig deeper and get the information they need to support policy decisions. The published articles are available at:
Troy Payne Talks about How Social Media Crime Reports Can Distort World View in ADN Article
Dr. Troy C. Payne, Justice Center faculty, discussed the ability of social media reports of crime to distort people's view of the world in a recent story in the Anchorage Daily News. Although there are few academic studies about the impact of social media crime reports, one recent study found that the amount of time people consume social media about crime influences how they feel about their community. "People who use social media are more likely to feel unsafe," Payne said. They may not see crime personally, but when they "look on their Facebook feed, or Nextdoor, they see crime all over the place." Read more in the Anchorage Daily News article "Alaskans are deluged with social media posts on crime. What's it doing to us?" (11/18/17):
The Northern Light Cites Alaska Victimization Survey to Highlight Efforts to Address Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Assault
The Northern Light used the 2015 Alaska Victimization Survey (AVS) to underscore the need to address intimate partner violence and sexual assault, stating that nearly one in two Anchorage women experience intimate partner violence, sexual assault, or both in their lifetime. Keeley Olson, executive director of Standing Together Against Rape (STAR), stated, "As it becomes more mainstream to speak about it, the stigma and blame will dissipate." The article listed several initiatives at UAA that are increasing awareness about intimate partner violence and sexual assault, including the mandatory Title IX training and the Take Back the Night March in September. UAA has also done 21 bystander training presentations. The goal is to help students get involved in intervening. For more information, visit:
Legal Ethics Students Participate in Diversity Luncheon
Students in Prof. Deb Periman's Legal Ethics class A215 were invited to participate in the 2017 Diversity Luncheon "Diversity in Our Community: Stories Affecting Our Lives." Senior Justice Dana Fabe, Retired Alaska Supreme Court Justice, moderated the conversation between the following individuals: Shauna Hegna, President of Koniag, Inc.; Jo-Ann Chung, District Court Judge; Karina Waller, Executive Director at Ted Stevens Foundation; and Mark Kroloff, Principal at First Alaskan Capital Partner, LLC.
Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • December 17 - Fall Commencement
  • December 25-26 - Christmas Holiday
  • December 27-31 - Winter Holiday, campus closed
  • January 15 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
  • January 15 - Emeritus applications due to OAA
  • February 15 - UNAC workloads due to directors/chairs