COH Faculty & Staff Receive University, State and National Recognition

The faculty and staff at the College of Health do more than teaching and preparing students for careers—they’re also innovators, community leaders, and important contributors to their fields. Three members of the College of Health community were recently recognized for their leadership:

UAA Alumni Humanitarian Award

Angelia TrujilloAngelia Trujillo, associate professor in the School of Nursing, has been awarded the UAA Alumni Humanitarian Award for her outstanding contributions to the field of nursing and to Alaska’s communities. Trujillo earned her M.S. in Nursing Science from UAA in 2004, and her B.S. in Nursing Science here in 1997. At the School of Nursing, Trujillo specializes in community health. She also practices as a women's health nurse practitioner with Denali OB-GYN Clinic and has worked as a forensic nurse examiner. Trujillo has worked in the field of interpersonal violence, sexual assault and public health for approximately 15 years. She is also the founder of the university’s Alaska Comprehensive Forensic Training Academy. Read the full story here.



Alaska Family Physician of the Year Award

Kathy Young, interim director of the WWAMI medical education program, Kathy Younghas received the Alaska Family Physician of the Year Award from the Alaska Academy of Family Physicians. The award recognizes Young's dedication to family medicine and to underserved communities in Alaska. Young has a reputation at UAA for her commitment both for clinical practice and education. Fellow WWAMI faculty member Sarah Murphy shared this about her: “I cannot say enough positive things about the professional learning environment Dr. Young creates for the future physicians of Alaska. She inspires future family physicians and those opting for other specialties to embrace the both the academic and humanistic sides of medicine."



President-Elect, National AHEC Organization

Gloria BurnettGloria Burnett, director of the Alaska Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program, has been selected as president-elect of the National AHEC Organization (NAO). She will assume the organization’s presidency beginning in 2020. The NAO represents a network of more than 300 AHEC program offices and centers that serve over 85% of counties in the United States. “The NAO relies on the skill and passion of its members to advance our work of developing a quality healthcare workforce for underserved and diverse populations,” said Dwain Harris, NAO’s CEO. “Gloria’s experience as an AHEC leader, as well as her expertise in grant acquisition and management, youth outreach, and many other areas, will be critical to keeping us moving forward.”

We’re so proud to have each of these leaders as part of the College of Health community!