Coronavirus information

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the University of Alaska Anchorage has taken steps to protect the health and safety of our campus community. Visit the University of Alaska Coronavirus Information website to learn how UAA and the university system are responding to this situation. Find links to communications, policy guidance, resources and information about the university's community restrictions, which apply to all faculty, staff and students. The UAA Student Health and Counseling Center remains open at this time to serve UAA students. For information about COVID-19 symptoms and current health recommendations, visit the CDC website and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.


University of Alaska Anchorage

Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce - Alaska's AHEC

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

The UAA College of Health's Alaska Center for Rural Health & Health Workforce (ACRH-HW) and Division of Population Health Sciences (DPHS) are working with the State of Alaska DHSS to increase the contact tracing workforce. The overarching goal is to train 500 Tier 1-3 level contact tracers by June 30, 2020 in order to be prepared for any outbreaks that may arise in the coming months.  In addition, there is a need to provide public health expert reviews of existing Fishery COVID-19 Response Plans. We are requesting your interest in supporting these efforts. Interested parties can help in the following ways:

  • Serve as a contact tracer
  • Supervise contact tracers
  • Both serve and supervise
  • Review and assess Fishery Processing Plan COVID-19 Response Plans

Stipends will be awarded for completion of training regardless of whether or not contact tracers are deployed and active. If deployed, we will work with candidates individually to determine availability and compensation. If you are interested in working on this project in some capacity, please follow the link and fill out a survey by Friday, May 22 .  Distance delivered training will be launched no later than May 26, however, at this point it is difficult to determine a timeline for deployment of tracers as this is dependent on need.

Please contact Gloria Burnett with any questions, gburnett3@alaska.edu  

 The Alaska Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program began at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) in 2005. AHECs are academic and community-based partnerships engaged in primary care workforce engagement, training and recruiting, and retaining activities to improve the distribution, diversity, supply and quality of health care personnel. The Alaska AHEC program office (at UAA) contracts with six regional Centers to implement educational activities involving health professions and to expose students to primary care delivery in rural and/or underserved settings. In addition, AHECs work closely with state and local workforce investment boards to identify and address health care needs and shortages. 

The Alaska AHEC addresses its mission by working in the following areas:

  • Engaging Alaskans into health careers to evolve the future health workforce
  • Training health professions students in rural communities or with underserved populations via the AHEC Scholars Program
  • Retaining Alaska’s health workforce by increasing access to and providing CE/CME opportunities statewide

The AHEC program is made possible through support provided by the University of Alaska Anchorage / Alaska Center for Rural Health-Alaska's AHEC, and HRSA # U77HP23073.