Health Sciences News

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UAA M.P.H. alumna leads Anchorage Health Department

 |  Catalina Myers  | 

In 2002, after a phone interview with Boys and Girls Club of Alaska (BGC), UAA alumna Natasha Pineda bought a backpack and a pair of boots, booked a ticket out of PDX to Anchorage for what she calls, “a classic Alaska story.” The M.P.H. ’15 grad worked for BGC for a couple of years, ended up returning to Portland before moving to Mexico to live with her dad when she decided it was time to get serious about her career.

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Ask a UAA Expert: Britteny Howell on COVID-19 Risks to Older Adults

 |  University of Alaska Anchorage  |  ,

How can we support older adults during this COVID-19 outbreak? Britteny Howell, professor of population health sciences, recommends maintaining social contact with elders, having a plan to determine what happens if they get sick, as well as keeping them aware of COVID-19-related scams.

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New UAA report recommends suite of COVID-19 measures to avoid overwhelming Alaska’s health care system

 |  Green & Gold  |  ,

Epidemiologic modeling with Alaska data provides support for new measures implemented by state and municipal leaders to "flatten the curve" and buy additional time for preparation.

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Off to the races in Germany with Nordic skier and health sciences sophomore

 |  Matt Jardin  |  ,

Seawolf Nordic skier and health sciences sophomore JC Schoonmaker rang in the new year and the new decade by qualifying for not one, but two races in Germany. Earlier in January, he traveled to Dresden to compete in a World Cup race, placing 30th. This March, he’ll represent the U.S. during the World Junior Championships in Oberwiesenthal.

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Surprise: Alaska has ticks, and more are on the way

 |  Alaska Public Media  | 

While Alaska’s skilled hunters may be very aware of ticks on wildlife, news of newly arriving ticks is important to learn. In addition, dog owners and walkers may need to come up to speed. Alaska’s warming winters and the broader habitat for ticks in the Lower 48 and Canada may provide a channel for rarer types to get to Alaska and survive here. Join us to find out how the research is progressing, what the findings reveal, how you can participate, and how UAA faculty and graduate students are supporting the work.