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October 14,  2014
Workforce Trends Published in Alaska Economic Trends   
The October issue of Alaska Economic Trends (, published by the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development, contains data relevant to College of Health programs. For example, in the next 10 years, hospital employment is estimated to grow by 20% and ambulatory care by 29%. Other health care assistance, which includes social services, is expected to grow by 26%.

COH Curriculum Committee Meets Wednesdays


The COH Curriculum will hold its regular meeting on Wednesdays, 3 pm - 4:45 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).


Survey Shows Faculty and Staff Support Smoke-Free Policy at UAA


Early this semester, faculty and staff governance leadership surveyed UAA faculty and staff on whether UAA should adopt a comprehensive smoke-free policy. Drs. Gabe Garcia (Health Sciences) and Joy Chavez Mapaye (Journalism & Communication) analyzed the survey. View the results of the survey. The key finding is that more than 80% of faculty and staff surveyed support having a comprehensive smoke-free policy at UAA.


2nd International Conference: Where's the Patient's Voice in Health Professional Education 10 Years On?


This conference will take place November 12-14, 2015
in Vancouver, BC. It will look at the progress that has been made since it was first held in Vancouver, Canada in 2005. The conference is about practice, innovation, and theory that embeds the patient/client voice in health professional education. Over the three days, participants will present examples of collaborative projects between educators and patient/community groups and examine the outcomes of these partnerships for faculty, patients, students and the learning environment. For more information, visit: or email   


Unit Updates
Center for Community Engagement & Learning  - -
November Think Tank During ENGAGE Week, Nov. 2-6  

Think Tanks each month feature a different non-profit with a question they would like to present for brainstorming. Housing Anchorage was showcased on October 9, with a question about how we will address affordable housing for the residents of Anchorage. About 50 people, including community members, students, and faculty had small group discussions and reported ideas that might help the housing issue. Presenters were Laura Brown and Jane Straight from The United Way. November's Think Tank will be held November 6 from 11:30 am - 12:45 pm during ENGAGE Week. It will host the Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services program with a question about refugee resettlement. For other scheduled brown bags and evening events, see

Community Forum on Substance Abuse, Nov. 5


Donna Aguiniga, School of Social Work, and Stephanie Bauer, Philosophy, will facilitate a community forum on substance abuse on Wednesday, November 5 from 6-8 pm in the Union South Cafeteria. "Over The Edge: When the substances we use become a problem" is a series co-sponsored by CCEL and the UAA Ethics Center that funds faculty training with a Kettering Foundation cohort of universities. Wednesday's forum will be followed by a World Caf� discussion on the same topic on Friday, 11 am - 1 pm, also in the Union South Cafeteria. Both sessions include six social work and philosophy Community-Engaged Student Assistants (CESAs) who are being trained as community facilitators. For other scheduled brown bags and evening events, see .


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LEND Program Offers Interdisciplinary Ethics Training, Nov. 7


The LEND Program (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) at UAA is partnering with the Department of Health Sciences and the Department of Philosophy to offer an interdisciplinary ethics training offering three NASW CEUs. The training, titled "Ethics in MCH Practice: Interdisciplinary Decision Making," takes place November 7 from 1-4 pm. Rhonda Johnson, DrPH, MPH, FNP will present an overview of Ethics in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Practice with a focus on health promotion, research, and evaluation. Her presentation will include a review of common ethical approaches, ethical dilemmas in health promotion, MCH definitions of ethics and professionalism, ethics in health communication, and ethical guidelines for research. Dr. Stephanie Bauer will share a model of interdisciplinary decision making and lead a case study discussion involving a pregnant mother with a history of substance use. To attend the training, register, and get more information, visit:


CHD Staff Represents Alaska LEND at Western State


Last week, Dr. Jenny Miller of CHD represented the Alaska LEND Program at the Western State's Genetics Services Collaborative in Seattle. The Collaborative is a federally-funded, multi-state project that seeks to improve individual and family health throughout the life course by increasing access to and reducing disparities in newborn screening and clinical genetics services. The participating states and territory are: Alaska, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.


TAPESTRY Job Placements a Big Success


The TAPESTRY Workforce Credential Program for students with disabilities thanks university staff for some amazing job placements. Each student was matched with an employer thanks to connections made by UAA employees. One student began volunteering at CHD. He made such a positive impression they referred him to a paid data entry position where he is working twice as fast as other employees in the position. Another student was matched to a file clerk position at a local medical office. According to the supervisor, "[She] is awesome! She does a great job." If you feel your department or someone you know would be interested in hosting a student in a job shadow or internship (paid or unpaid), let us know. We would be happy to pre-screen our students and help make matches that are mutually beneficial. For more information, contact Catie at (907) 947-4013 or


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MPH Student to Present at Brown Bag Seminar 


MPH student Laila Allen will share highlights from her participation in the 10 week U. Michigan "Summer Program in Health Disparities." The free lunchtime brown bag seminar will take place Wednesday, October 29th from 11:30am-12:30pm in the Diplomacy Building, 4th floor Conference Room. Please RSVP Katie Frost at .


Don't Miss the Inaugural AFPC Food Conference and Festival!


The Alaska Food Policy Council's (AFPC) Food Conference and Festival will take place November 7-9, 2014 at the Lucy Cuddy Hall. Dr. Elizabeth Hodges Snyder, AFPC co-chair, has been working with other board members to plan and host the event. The Department of Health Sciences is a co-sponsor, along with the UAA Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Dietetics, and Nutrition Division, and the UAF Cooperative Extension. Several MPH students are volunteering for this event, and the Student Advisory Council will be collecting canned goods. For the schedule and brief details, visit the Seawolf Daily. Additional information, including the agenda and registration, can be found at You can also download a flier. For more information, email Dr. Snyder at


Come Celebrate Filipino Month, Oct. 18


October is Filipino American History Month. In celebration, the UAA Alaskeros Partnership Organizers, led by Drs. Gabe Garcia (Health Sciences), Joy Chavez Mapaye (Journalism & Communication), and EJ David (Psychology), invite the College of Health to the "Filipino American Film and Fiesta" event on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 3 PM to 5 PM at the Student Union Cafeteria. This event is FREE and open to the public. There will be food, performances, prizes, and screening of the documentary The Learning by Filipina-American filmmaker Ramona Diaz. For more information, visit:


Interprofessional Health Sciences Simulation Center  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Interprofessional Simulation Committee Workshop a Success
On September 13, UAA's Interprofessional Simulation Committee presented, facilitated, and participated in the 1st Interprofessional Simulation Workshop for Health Professions. A total of 31 participants, 20 academia and 11 from the industry, attended the one-day event. The workshop provided participants with hands-on experience developing scenarios, utilizing manikins and standardized patients, and conducting debriefing with confidence. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with 100% of the respondents reporting the educational objectives were met. Many recommended future simulation events and reaching out to more Alaskan healthcare educators. For more information, please contact the co-chairs Marianne Murray at or Denise Coslett at

Justice Center  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Symposium on Alaska's Emerging Frontiers to Take Place at UAA, Oct. 16


This exciting symposium will take place October 16, 8:30 am - 4 pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library (LIB 307). Fran Ulmer, former UAA Chancellor and Special Advisor to the US State Department on Arctic Science and Policy, is the opening keynote for the symposium "North to the Future: Opportunities and Change in Alaska's Emerging Frontiers." Dr. William Iggiagruk Hensley, Visiting Distinguished Professor, UAA College of Business and Public Policy, will give the luncheon keynote. This event is sponsored by the Alaska Law Review, the Arctic Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association, and the UAA Justice Center. Prof. Ryan Fortson, JD, PhD, Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, is the faculty advisor for this event. For questions, contact Prof. Fortson at Additional information can be found at:

Dr. Chamard Interviewed by Newsminer about Difficulty with Polling 

Dr. Sharon Chamard
, Justice faculty, was interviewed by Casey Grove of the about the difficulty of polling and conducting surveys in Alaska. She noted that high rates of residential transiency in Alaska can make obtaining adequately-sized samples difficult. Dr. Chamard also commented that "respondent fatigue" can affect response rates for phone polls when individuals tire of receiving these calls and no longer answer their phone. Read the article "Polling a tough - and often inaccurate - task for Alaska" (by Casey Grove, September 17, 2014). For more information, visit:

Prof. Brandeis to Moderate Presentations on Marijuana Legalization, Oct. 10  

Prof. Jason Brandeis, JD
, Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, will moderate "One Course Discourse: Marijuana Legalization" on Friday, October 10, 11:30 am - 1 pm (discourse begins at 12:05 pm) at the Bear Tooth Theatre-pub. Admission is free. Multiple presentations will promote discussion of marijuana law and policy and what legalization would mean for Alaska. For more information, visit:

Dr. Rosay Interviewed by Newsminer on Violence Against Women  

Dr. Andr� Rosay,
Justice Center director, was recently interviewed by Casey Grove of about the high number of women murdered in Alaska. Dr. Rosay referenced the 2010 Statewide Alaska Victimization Survey and noted, "...the bottom line is that the rates of violence against women are terrible everywhere, throughout Alaska." Read the article "Alaska tops list for women murdered by men" (by Casey Grove, September 16, 2014). For more information, visit:

Justice Center Participates in UAA Law School Fair  

Prof. Deb Periman, JD
, Legal Studies Program Coordinator in the Justice Center, assisted with the UAA Law School Fair on September 17, 2014 at the UAA Student Union. The Alaska Court System was one of the participants in the event, along with over 20 law schools. For more information, visit:

Dr. Blumenstein Featured in Article About Affordable Housing in Anchorage 

Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein
, Justice faculty, was featured in the UAA Seawolf Weekly on affordable housing in Anchorage on October 8. Dr. Blumenstein moved from Florida to join the Justice faculty this fall. She was interviewed about her difficulties in finding an apartment that fit within her budget. Dr. Blumenstein said high rents are a big issue for students. "I know a lot of my students work full time and go to school, and pay these astronomical prices for rent." Read the article "Untangling the problem of affordable housing" (by Tracy Kalytiak, October 8, 2014). For more information, visit: .
Pre-Law Society Member Sam Erickson and Teammate Win the 2014 Madison Cup  

Sam Erickson
and German Banquero were the team winners of the 2014 Madison Cup competition held in September. This annual event was sponsored by the UAA Department of Political Science to test students' knowledge of the US Constitution. Five teams participated in the competition this year. One remarkable moment happened when a judge requested Team Number One (Banquero and Erickson) to expand on a question asking what the goals of the Constitution are. In unison, the teammates recited the Preamble to the US Constitution. Read the full story in the Green & Gold News (September 24): "Congratulations to 2014 Madison Cup winners German Banquero and Sam Erickson." You can also watch a repeat performance on YouTube. For more information, visit:


School of Allied Health - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

UAA Staff Helps Write New Physical Therapy Textbook

This month, Slack, Inc. released the textbook Clinical Exercise Pathophysiology for Physical Therapy: Examination, Testing, and Exercise Prescription for Movement-Related Disorders by Debra Coglianese, PT, DPT, ATC. This is the first of its kind, in that the content was written by physical therapists for physical therapy professionals. LeeAnne Carrothers, PT, PhD, Program Director of the PTA Program at UAA, wrote Chapter 4 "Fatigue and Deconditioning" and co-wrote with Skye Donovan, PT, PhD, OCS Chapter 5 "Principles of Training and Exercise Prescription." According to Dr. Carrothers, "This book has been a long time in the making, and all parties involved are thrilled to finally see it in print." For more information, visit: . Or contact Dr. Carrothers at:


Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • October 15 - Faculty development and research/travel grants due to OAA*
  • October 23 - Leadership team meeting
  • October 27 - Sabbatical requests due to OAA (must first go to the Dean's Office)
  • November 27-28 - Thanksgiving holiday
  • December 14 - Fall commencement
  • December 25-26 - Christmas holiday
  • December 27-31 - Winter holiday, campus closed

NOTE: Dates will be established for when these items are due in the Dean's office prior to being forwarded to OAA

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