Vanessa Hiratsuka from CHD and Britteny Howell from DPHS are the new Co-Directors for UAA’s National Resource Center on Alaska Native Elders. Vanessa Hiratsuka shares her hopes for the center’s future.
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Vanessa Hiratsuka from CHD and Britteny Howell from DPHS are the new Co-Directors for UAA’s National Resource Center on Alaska Native Elders. Britteny Howell shares her journey into geriatrics.
Historically, there aren’t many ticks in Alaska and there’s no evidence that the six native species carry harmful pathogens. But factors like climate change and increased travel have created a more hospitable environment for ticks. Micah Hahn with UAA’s Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies is researching the population. “People are always sending ticks to us,” Hahn said. “Anyone in the State who finds a tick on themselves, on their animals, their personal luggage, or on wildlife, can pull it off, put it in a vial and ship it to our state vet. Then we'll take it out, have an entomologist identify it, and enter it into our database.”
Fabrice Evengue is an epidemiologist with the Department of Defence. “I investigate patterns and causes of disease and injury.”. He got his start in public health at UAA, graduating in 2015 with a Master of Public Health in Health Practice.
Alaskan innovators awarded $2.5M grant to bring fungus-based insulation solution to global communities
As the demand for sustainable and organic insulation solutions continues to grow Philippe Amstislavski, Ph.D. and professor of Public Health is working on an innovative multidisciplinary project that could solve Arctic communities building insulation issues.