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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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October 1, 2015
COH Curriculum Committee to Meet Wednesdays

The COH Curriculum Committee will hold its regular meeting on Wednesdays, 2:50 pm - 4:20 pm. The deadline for submission of materials for committee review is Monday at 9am, the week prior to the meeting. Submit electronic files in Word format to Harriet Paule ( To assist you in submitting materials to the curriculum committee, download the "COH Faculty Curriculum Submission Guide AY 14/15" (doc). 
Unit Updates
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Don't Miss the Urban in Alaska Conference, November 6th

The annual Urban in Alaska conference will be held Friday, November 6 from 9 am-1:30 pm in the UAA Lucy Cuddy Center. It will include breakout sessions featuring community-engaged projects, as well as a "Rapid-Fire Community Engagement" with faculty over lunch (12-1:30 pm), which was so popular last year! For more information, including a schedule, visit:
Publication on History of Fairview Completed

The Oral & Written History of Fairview: Past, Present & Future is now available online at The publication completes a centennial grant received from the Alaska Humanities Forum with David Reamer, UAA graduate student, Clare Dannenberg, assistant professor with English and Anthropology, and Bree Kessler, formerly with the Department of Health Sciences program. 
CCEL Funds Faculty Community-Engaged Projects

For the fall 2015, CCEL funded faculty community-engaged projects in the following departments: Theatre, Biology, Political Science, Social Work, Early Childhood Education, Psychology, Art, Management & Marketing, and Prince William Sound College Outdoor Studies.
CESAs Receive Tuition Awards for Faculty-Supported Initiatives

Community-Engaged Student Assistants (CESAs) received tuition awards for supporting faculty in community-engaged initiatives in the following departments: Early Childhood Education, Political Science, Biology, Alaska Center for Rural Health, Social Work, Psychology, Health Sciences, Theatre, Art, Philosophy, International Studies, Management & Marketing, and Public Administration. For more information about CESAs and their projects, visit:
Class Holds Forum with Local Foundations

CEL A392 Advanced Civic Engagement held an open forum on September 24th with four of its local foundations presenting. Students, faculty, and community members were in attendance. As participants in a Learning by Giving Foundation project (, students in the class will be awarding four $2,500 grants to local organizations while they learn about philanthropy, local and state issues, and the non-profit world. [LOGO]
CCEL Represents UAA in Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees

Theodore Kincaid / University of Alaska Anchorage
CCEL has been representing UAA in the new community project "Welcoming Anchorage," a national Welcoming Cities and Counties initiative primarily focused on new immigrants and refugees. Mayor Berkowitz made this a 3-year special initiative in his administration, and CCEL is adding its voice as a "welcoming university." CCEL hosted a group of new international students at the Anchorage Museum where Mayor Berkowitz and his wife Mara Kimmel gave a special welcome to the city. For more information, read the Green & Gold article "Easing into an Unfamiliar Culture":

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Online Blueprint to Provide Guidelines on Diversity and Inclusion

In the spirit of accessibility, we have tried to write this update in plain language, including spelled out acronyms. The Center for Human Development works to move disability-related information between the community and university. We are part of a national network called the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. Recently, all network members were invited to complete a su rvey about how to make our network more diverse and respectful of different cultures. The survey feedback is now being used to make an online blueprint with guidelines and resources for network members. Some ideas included: staff training about racism, bias, micro aggressions, and white privilege; making sure to use language inclusive of queer communities; making indigenous
search methodologies a priority; and working closely with programs like Alaska Native studies, African American/Black studies, gender studies, and disability studies. For more information about the Center for Human Development, the national network, and the Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint, visit:

Youth Focus Group to Begin Recruitment

The Anchorage Collaborative Coalitions will begin recruiting youth for focus groups in the next couple weeks. Researchers from the Center for Human Development, the Justice Center, the Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services, and the Department of Health Sciences will be working with coalition members to recruit up to 80 youth ages 12-24. There are 23 Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) certified coalition members available for recruitment activities, from more than 11 organizations. Focus groups will explore youth perspectives on bullying, loneliness, sadness, and hopelessness. The Anchorage Collaborative Coalitions will use focus group data to inform the design of a community-based intervention interrupting youth suicide and mental illness risk factors, and fostering well being, as well as resiliency.

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MEDEX Program Graduates 22 Students
On August 13th, MEDEX Anchorage graduated 22 students with their PA-C credentials. We are very proud of Anchorage Class 5. We look forward to watching them establish themselves around Alaska!


MEDEX Class 7 Starts Classroom Phase

On September 14th, Anchorage Class 7 started their on-site didactic year. They spent the first of four quarters in Seattle and will now be in the Health Sciences Building classroom for the next nine months. Good luck on their studies! 

MEDEX Welcomes New Clinical Coordinator

MEDEX Anchorage is happy to welcome Deb Coolidge, PA-C as the new clinical coordinator. Deb was hired to fill the position currently occupied by Pat Hensch, PA-C, who is retiring in December. Deb worked as a Health Aid in Western Alaska before attending MEDEX Seattle in 2006 for her Physician Assistant training. Over the next few months, Deb will be learning the ropes with Pat's help--placing students in their clinical rotations, traveling to our clinical sites, and working to develop additional clinical opportunities for our students here in Alaska. Welcome, Deb!
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2nd Interprofessional Simulation Workshop a Success!

On Aug. 17th, 2015, UAA's Interprofessional Simulation Committee presented, facilitated, and participated in the 2nd Interprofessional Simulation Workshop for Health Professions. Guest speaker Donald Coerver Phd, PA-C, CHSE, DFAAPA spoke to 21 participants on "Enhancing Clinical Education with Simulation." The workshop provided participants with hands-on experience in developing scenarios to meet their clinical objectives, implementing simulation scenarios, and conducting effective debriefings with confidence. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with 100% of the respondents reporting the educational objectives were met. Many recommended future simulation events and suggested reaching out to more Alaskan healthcare educators. For more information about the Interprofessional Simulation Committee and its professional development initiatives, please contact the co-chairs Ammie Tremblay, or Kendra Sticka,

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Dr. Payne Supports "Anchorage Welcoming Week"
Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, recently showed his support of the "Anchorage Welcoming Week" by posting a photo of himself holding a sign saying "I'm a Welcomer" on the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission Facebook page. For more information, visit:
Justice Center Announces Tuition Waivers
The Justice Center announced tuition waivers for nine Justice and Legal Studies students for Fall 2015. Justice Center tuition waivers are awarded to recognize the students who best represent the qualities we would most like to encourage in our students. For more information, visit:
Learn More about Domestic Violence
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Visit the National Network to End Domestic Violence website ( to access lots of resources on this topic. For information on domestic violence and sexual assault against women in Alaska, see the Justice Center web page about the Alaska Victimization Survey (
Dr. Payne Named COH Representative, ITS Task Force

Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, was named the College of Health representative on the UAA Information Technology Services (ITS) Task Force, which was formed in spring 2015. The task force is finalizing a report with recommendations for the chancellor for a strategic plan for IT at UAA. Dr. Rashmi Prasad, Dean, College of Business and Public Policy, chaired the task force.

Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • October 23 - Faculty development day
  • November 26-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 24-25 - Christmas Holiday
  • Dec 31-Jan 1 - New Year Holiday
  • December 26-30 - Winter Holiday (campus closed)
  • January 18 - Civil Rights Day