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Advancing the health and well-being of people and communities
November 9, 2017
COH Junior Health Professions Academy 3rd Cohort Kick-Off
The College of Health learning sessions are underway for its 3rd cohort of participants in the Junior Health Professions Academy, a collaborative effort with the Anchorage School District and Clark Middle School. The College of Health is a member of the UAA/Clark Middle School Distinguished Leadership Academies, along with the College of Business and Public Policy, the School of Engineering, and the College of Education. We are continuing our efforts to recruit volunteer staff and faculty to assist with the academy for the Spring 2018 semester. Volunteers will introduce the 7th and 8th grade participants to various health careers, providing a one-hour career overview followed by a one-hour activity that will complement the presentation. A volunteer will commit to a two-hour session on one Saturday during the fall and/or spring semesters of each academic year. Volunteers scheduled for this fall include practitioners from the following fields: Medical Sonography, Dentistry, Nursing, and Pain Management / Anesthesiology. To sign up, please contact Carey D. Brown in the COH Office of Student Advising and Advocacy at / 907-786-4417.
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Next Grant Hub Brown Bag Listening Session December 20, November Session Canceled
The next listening session will take place December 20. Each month, the COH Grant Hub offers listening sessions to meet collaborators and discuss grants and grant administration. Bring your ideas and questions and Let's Talk About Grants!
  • November 22 - canceled
  • December 20, 3-4 pm, Wells Fargo Skating Rink - Hot Grants in the New Year! RSVP by November 22 to -- space is limited!
Unit Updates
Alaska Center For Rural Health and Health
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COH IPE Grand Rounds Event "Opioid Use Disorders" to Take Place December 1
The COH Interprofessional Education Working Group and the Alaska AHEC Program invite you to the Fall 2018 IPE Grand Rounds Event "Opioid Use Disorders." It takes place Friday, December 1, 12:00-1:30 pm in Rasmuson Hall, Room 316. Please share this opportunity with your students and consider offering extra credit to students who attend the event. The main goal of the IPE Grand Rounds is to provide students with the opportunity to explore and appreciate the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals outside of their major to improve quality of care for patients. Students can pre-register at For more information, download the flyer (pdf). 
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CHD Staff Participate in PacRim Conference on Disability and Diversity in Hawaii
Representatives from CHD's Alaska Training Cooperative (AKTC) program participated in the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity October 9-11, organized by the Center on Disability Studies of the University of Hawai ' i at Manoa. The theme of this 33rd annual event was Sustainability. AKTC presented two workshop / seminars: 1) Beads of Wisdom: Indigenous Knowledge for Workforce Development by Dr. Elizabeth Kav ruuq Fleagle, Inupiaq Elder; Cora Demit, Upper Tanana Atha bascan Elder; Marilyn Weaver,
(front) Dr. Patricia Morrissey, Director, Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa. (l-r) Cora Demit, Sarah McConnell, and Dr. Elizabeth Kavruuq Fleagle. (Photo by Isabel Hodge, US International Council on Disabilities)
Inupiaq, AKTC Fairbanks Office Manager; and Sarah McConnell, LCSW, Fairbanks Behavioral Health Training Coordinator and 2) The Individual and Com munity Impact of Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety by Jill Ramsey, Training Coordinator, Mental Health First Aid and Wendi Shackelford, Training Coordinator, Youth Mental Health First Aid. Three topical presentations were also given: 1) Benefits and Adventures of Cultural Mentorship by Sarah McConnell), 2) Healing Within - the Inupiaq Way by Dr. Elizabeth Kavruuq Fleagle, and 3) My Athabascan Culture: The Power to Sustain Ability by Cora Demit. Dr. Fleagle and Cora Demit are Alaska Native Elder teachers and culture bearers who work closely with AKTC in delivering culturally responsive workforce training and other activities. For more information on the conference proceedings, visit:
Spring 2018 Seats Still Available for Students in the AK GILD Program!
Do you have students interested in geriatrics and gerontology who aspire to being leaders in their fields? Seats are still available for students in health and behavioral health majors this Spring semester in CHD's AK GILD (Alaska Geriatrics Interdisciplinary Leadership Development) program, which begins January 25, 2018.  
The AK GILD 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, Alaskan Native Elders, and their families in rural and frontier communities. AK GILD participants will engage in a highly customized experiential learning environment based on 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, AK GILD Program Manager, at / 907-264-6251. Or visit our web site:
CHD Staff Attend AUCD Conference on Disabilities, Dr. Miller Presents Poster on Alaska LEND Program Fellows
CHD staff attended the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference in Washington, DC November 5-8. Among them was Dr. Jenny Miller who presented her poster "Collective Voices: Sustaining and Strengthening Robust Statewide Partnerships," highlighting the 79 fellows who completed the Alaska LEND Program. These fellows came from a wide range of disciplines, representing 16 communities and serving in diverse leadership positions across the state.
Dr. Curtis Smith, Marisha Bourgeois (LEND fellow), Dr. Jenny Miller, Julie Atkinson, and Eric Boyer in front of Dr. Miller's poster.
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Don't Miss the ACSM Fall Speaker Tour "Exercise Is Medicine," November 11
The Alaska ACSM Region Chapter presents the Fall Speaker Tour on Saturday, November 11, 12:00-2:30 pm in the Rasmuson Hall 101. The topic is Exercise is Medicine: The Importance of Connecting Fitness with Healthcare. CEUs are available for physical therapists, exercise physiologists, and personal trainers. Cost is $20. Please RSVP on Facebook at For more information, contact Maryann Hoke, ACSM Alaska Chapter President at Or download a flyer (pdf). 
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Alaska Food Policy Council Hosts 3rd Semi-Annual Conference in Fairbanks
Marylynne Kostick, UAA MPH Program alum, demonstrating how to field dress wild game. Marylynne also presented on salmon consumption.
The Alaska Food Policy Council (AFPC), co-chaired by DHS faculty Dr. Liz Hodges-Snyder, hosted its 3rd semi-annual Alaska Food Festival and Conference on November 3-4 in Fairbanks. Over 150 people attended the academic and community presentations on food research and activities, as well as the festival offerings that included chef demos, kids activities, food processing workshops, and a
Farmer John Dart selling Alaska Grown produce.
farmers market. The AFPC is focused on strengthening Alaska's food systems through education, advocacy, and the promotion of collaboration. It is operated by a 15-member volunteer board representing communities, academia, business, producers / harvesters, government agencies, and nonprofits. Past event agendas can be found at Please direct inquiries to Liz H Snyder, Also check out the Fairbanks Daily News Miner article (11/5/17) featuring the conference:
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ICHS Faculty Member Attends Food Policy Council Conference
Micah Hahn (right)
ICH S faculty member Micah Hahn attended the Alaska Food Policy Council Food Festival and Conference in Fairbanks. This two-day event brought together state agencies, researchers, food producers and chefs, and NGOs focused on improving the food system in Alaska. The conference was a great way to meet people interested in topics ranging from regulating food safety in the state to incorporating local food production into state obesity and nutrition programs. See the article about the conference in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner (11/5/17):
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Attention Faculty! Join Us for the Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Workshop, November 10
The UAA Interprofessional Simulation Committee Presents:  
Interprofessional Collaborative Practice 
Friday, November 10, 9 am -12:30 pm
UAA Engineering Building, EIB-217 
Register online at: For more information, download a flyer (pdf) or contact Pat Sammartino at 786-6589 / or Ryan Shercliffe at 786-6705 /
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OTD Academic Program Director Cary Moose Presents at Conference
Cary C. Moore, OTR/L Academic Program Director for the UAA/CU Occupational Therapy Program, presented her doctoral research at the 5th International Institute on Kielhofner's Model of Human Occupation in Houston on October 14. Cary's research involves development of an assessment tool for use with young children from birth to three years of age. This assessment will measure the occupational participation of the young child in home and community settings.
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Channel 11 News Features UAA Nursing Program 
The UAA Nursing Program was featured on KTVA Channel 11 News on November 3 in the segment "UAA Nursing Program Aims to Reverse Nursing Shortage." This news segment addresses how new initiatives and programs within the UAA Nursing Program are taking steps to reverse the current nursing shortage. According to Dr. Marianne Murray, Director of the School of Nursing, "A lot of our shortage comes from outreach areas where we have smaller communities that are having to bring nurses up from the Lower 48 to fill their slot." Watch the full segment at:
Marianne Murray Represents Alaska Nursing Programs at Nursing Leadership Conference in Washington, DC
Marianne Murray, Director of the School of Nursing, attended the Academic Nursing Leadership Conference in Washington DC October 28-31. Over 500 nursing school leaders came from across the country. As the sole representative from Alaska, Dr. Murray stressed the importance of making connections. She also praised the quality of the conference. "This has been a great conference and I have come away with lots of great ideas and important connections." In addition, Dr. Murray met with staff from Senator Murkowski's office and Senator Sullivan's office and conveyed the great work taking place at the UAA School of Nursing, including the successes of graduates and the impact the school is having on the Alaska nursing workforce. They discussed policies that further nursing education, research, and scholarship. "In the end I believe it was a very fruitful dialogue exchange and I hope to continue raising issues related to nursing, nursing research, and nursing education to the highest levels."
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NRC for Alaskan Native Elders Relocates to School of Social Work
The National Resource Center for Alaskan Native Elders (NRC-ANE) is relocating to the UAA School of Social Work. Under the leadership of Dr. Jordan Lewis, WWAMI Associate Professor, the NRC-ANE is deeply committed to developing resources to support successful aging of Alaskan Natives across the state of Alaska. Dr. Lewis brings considerable expertise to the education of professionals involved in geriatrics and gerontology, including health promotion, knowledge building, and program development informed by the wisdom of Alaskan Natives, especially Elders. Cross-trained as a community psychologist and social worker, Dr. Lewis holds credentials in gerontology and geriatrics. The NRC-ANE is interdisciplinary and involves faculty members in undertaking research, training, and service in partnership with Alaskan Native communities to translate knowledge from those communities for effecting positive changes in professional education. The NRC-ANE will be located in GHB beginning November 13.
School of Social Work Develops Partnerships to Enhance Child Welfare Training
The UAA School of Social Work is partnering with the State of Alaska Office of Children's Services and the UAA Child Welfare Academy to advance the preparation of social workers for practice in child welfare. The partners are involved in a process of planning the next stages of professional training in child welfare, in preservice education of social workers at undergraduate and graduate levels, and in enhanced evaluation capacities.
Travis Hedwig and Kathi Trawver to Present on Homelessness in Washington, DC
Dr. Travis Hedwig (Health Sciences) and Dr. Kathi Trawver (Social Work) will present a paper on transition age youth and homelessness in January at the Society for Social Work and Research Conference in Washington, DC. Their research focuses on hunger and homelessness among the student body at UAA. Currently, the two researchers are seeking funding to expand their study-one of the first focusing on student homelessness and hunger in higher education.  
Dialogues for Public Life Holds Workshop on "Naming and Framing Social Issues"
Donna M. Aguiniga and Stephanie Bauer
Dialogues for Public Life conducted the workshop "Naming and Framing Social Issues" in an afternoon session at the annual Urban in Alaska Conference sponsored by the UAA Center for Community Engagement and Learning. The workshop, coordinated by Dr. Donna M. Aguiniga (Social Work), and Dr. Stephanie Bauer (Philosophy), used interactive tactics to help participants learn how to communicate with others about serious social issues. Dialogues for Public Life is a joint program of the UAA Center for Community Engagement & Learning and the UAA Ethics Center, and is supported by a grant from Campus Compact.
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Legal Ethics Students Participate in Diversity Luncheon
Students in Prof. Deb Periman's Legal Ethics class A215 participated in the 2017 Diversity Luncheon titled "Diversity in Our Community: Stories Affecting Our Lives." Senior Justice Dana Fabe, Retired Alaska Supreme Court Justice, moderated the conversation between Shauna Hegna, President Koniag, Inc., Jo-Ann Chung, District Court Judge, Karina Waller, Executive Director, Ted Stevens Foundation, and Mark Kroloff, Principal, First Alaskan Capital Partner, LLC.
Alumni Spotlight: Dominick Eubank
Dominick Eubank, BA Justice and History '16,  is a Patrol Officer with the Anchorage Police Department (APD). Dominick entered the Police Academy in June 2016, a month after graduating from UAA. He completed the Academy in December 2016 and also completed Field Training between December 2016 and April 2017. The responsibilities of Dominick's job include investigating person and property crimes at the patrol level. The crimes Dominick investigates include theft, assault, and domestic violence. He also responds to violent crimes such as homicide and robbery prior to detectives being involved.
Alumni Spotlight: Wendi Jobe Shackelford
Wendi Shackelford with Ruth Adolf, current APD CIT Coordinator  
Wendi Jobe Shackelford, BA Justice '94, joined the
Anchorage Police Department after graduating, becoming the fifth generation in her famil y to enter law enforcement. From 2001 to 2013, in addition to her duties as a patrol officer, she served as coordinator of APD's Crisis Intervention Team. Wendi is now back at UAA as a member of the Center for Human Development's Alaska Training Cooperative. She continues to use her knowledge and experience to train law enforcement and emergency/medical first responders in crisis intervention, as well as in mental health first aid. Additionally, since July 2016, Wendi has held a public seat on the executive board of the Alaska Police Standards Council. For more details on Shackelford's achievements, visit:
Random Reamey Joins AJiC as Research Professional
The Justice Center is pleased to welcome Random Reamey as a research professional in the  Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC). Prior to working at the Justice Center, Random was a research professional and graduate research assistant at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER). At ISER, he analyzed data from the American Community Survey and other sources to assess how potential tax options used to balance the Alaska state budget would impact children and families in urban and rural Alaska. Random earned a BBA in Economics from UAA in Summer 2016 and is currently enrolled in the MBA program. For more information, visit:
Brad Myrstol Presents Crime Data to House Finance
Dr. Brad Myrstol , interim Justice Center director and director of the Alaska Justice Information Center and Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center, provided the Alaska House Finance Committee with Alaska crime statistics during its special session meeting on October 31. Dr. Myrstol provided "big picture" annual crime rates from 1985-2016, and monthly crime rates from 2014 to 2016. The presentation gave legislators trends over both long and short periods of time, as well as trends for specific crimes. For more information, and to view Dr. Myrstol's presentation, visit:
Brad Myrstol Provides Tutorial on Importance of "Time" When Interpreting Crime Statistics
Dr. Brad Myrstol, interim Justice Center director , provides a tutorial on interpreting crime statistics, showing the importance of "time" in any analysis of trends. This is the first in a series of short videos to help everyday people interpret basic crime statistics. In this video, data on rates of larceny theft in Alaska for 1985-2016 are used to demonstrate the importance of time in analyzing whether crime is trending upward, downward, or remaining flat. For more information, and to see the video and transcript, visit:
Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • November 23-24 - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 17 - Fall Commencement
  • December 25-26 - Christmas Holiday
  • December 27-31 - Winter Holiday, campus closed