Denali Commission Rural Allied Health Training

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 The Denali Commission is an independent federal agency designed to provide critical utilities, infrastructure, and economic support throughout Alaska.

For more information about Denali Commission projects, go to: www.denali.gov.


 

 

History and Current Funded Programs

The Denali Commission has funded the Rural Allied Health Training Project at the University of Alaska since project inception in 2004.  This plan operates with the overarching three goals:

•    Address Rural Alaska Allied Health Workforce Needs
•    Improve Access for Rural Students to University’s Allied Health Programs
•    Engage in closer and ongoing partnerships with rural employers


Status of Denali Commission funded programs: 2004-2010

Over the course of the last 6 years, this project has had 12 initiative areas:

•    Medical Office/Health Care Reimbursement/HIM              
    (Biller and Coder
•    Dental Assisting (Dental Assistant)
•    Pharmacy Careers (Pharmacy Technologist)
•    Radiography Careers (Limited Radiographer)
•    Medical Laboratory Careers                                       
    (Phlebotomist, Clinical Assistant)
•    Direct Services Careers                                              
    (Personal Care Attendant, Certified Nursing Assistant)
•    Community Wellness Advocate                                     
    (Village Health Educator)
•    Community Health Aide / Practitioner
•    Trainee Success
•    Physical Therapy Careers (Physical Therapy Assistant)
•    Bristol Bay Health Program
•    Health Sciences Curriculum Development (Rural Sanitation, Epidemiology)

These initiatives were chosen due to high vacancy rates and high rural needs, as well as program interest and willingness to invest in development and expansion

Of the 12 initiatives listed above, 7 have moved completely off of Denali funding or will cycle off by June 2011.  All but one program have been moved into UA general funding.  The Community Wellness Advocate has been moved to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Corporation for administration.

•    Dental Assisting  
•    Pharmacy Careers
•    Radiography Careers
•    Medical Laboratory Careers                    
        (Phlebotomist, Clinical Assistant)
•    Direct Services Careers                                          
        (Personal Care Attendant, Certified Nursing Assistant)
•    Community Wellness Advocate                                     
        (Village Health Educator)
•    Bristol Bay Health Program

 

 

For more information contact:

Sheila Soule, ansjw3@uaa.alaska.edu, 786-4853