Project BLENDS is pleased to announce that it has accepted six College of Health graduate students for the 2022-2023 school year.
Social Work News
Katie Lester, a senior in the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at the University of Alaska Anchorage, recently received $8,000 from the National Federation for the Blind (NFB) scholarship program with multiple sponsors donating to the scholarship. Katie was one of 30 scholarship recipients and her award was specifically for academic excellence and service to the community.
MSW alumna Vanessa Salmon publishes article about the challenges rural women experience delivering babies
Vanessa Salmon, a 2019 MSW program graduate, published an article in the Journal of Rural Mental Health, titled "When delivery means departure: Describing the practice and impacts of mandated maternal transport in Alaska," which was her capstone project for the program. This research is about the challenges rural women experience delivering babies and the demands of having to move into hub communities to await delivery. Salmon was the lead author, alongside UAA School of Social Work professor Dr. Heidi Brocious and UAF Dept. of Social Work associate professor Dr. Laverne Demientieff.
Bernice Hetherington—a UAA MSW student—was featured in the Behavioral Health Aide Spotlight for the Tanana Chiefs Conference.
Master of Social Work student Andrew Viray was honored by Gov. Mike Dunleavy as one of five inspirational Alaskans in his State of the State address on Jan. 25.