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Public Health Education in Rural Alaska: Bridging the Gap and Meeting People Where They Are

Hannah Warren

Hannah’s two degrees from UAA’s Division of Population Health Sciences have been invaluable to her as a program coordinator at Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

Driving the future of mental health response

Michael Riley and Jennifer Pierce standing in front of Mobile Crisis Team vehicle

Anchorage’s new Mobile Crisis Team — which includes fire service administration alumnus Michael Riley — responds specifically to mental health emergencies, saving traditional first responders crucial time and resources.

From Opioids to COVID to Sex Ed: How Public Health Education Impacts Anchorage

Jordan Kamer

University of Alaska Anchorage and Division of Population Health Sciences (DPHS) alumna Jordan Kamer (BS, Health Sciences, ‘17) has a pretty important job. As a public health educator with the Municipality of Anchorage Health Department, she is responsible for providing community education and guidance on public health—everything from COVID-19, to naloxone, to age-appropriate sex education.

Social work alumni Amanda Metivier appointed Child Welfare Academy director

Amanda Metivier

The University of Alaska Anchorage Child Welfare Academy has named Amanda Metivier its new director.

MSW alumni Kim Kovol appointed acting DFCS commissioner

Kim Kovol

UAA Master of Social Work alumni Kim Kovol recently was appointed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy as acting commissioner of the new Alaska Department of Family and Community Services.

Nursing alumni take on Alaska's health care needs

Nursing student practicing on manikin in nursing skills lab

The latest edition of Spirit magazine featured UAA nursing alumni taking on Alaska's needs. Since the pandemic began in early 2020, UAA's School of Nursing has graduated more than 500 new nurses into the state's health care system.

Alumni of Distinction: Amanda Metivier

Amanda Metivier

School of Social Work alumna and 2021 Alumni Humanitarian Amanda Metivier is the director of the Alaska Child Welfare Academy and co-founder of Facing Foster Care in Alaska. Through her advocacy at both organizations, she has led efforts to expand services and support for foster youth across Alaska. Metivier will be honored at the UAA Alumni of Distinction celebration banquet on April 23, 2022.

Oregon leader will use her own refugee experience to guide changes in state programs

Children walking on a muddy pathway with tents

MSW alumni Toc Soneoulay-Gillespie was featured in an Oregon Capital Chronicle article about her efforts to use her own refugee experience to guide changes in state programs. The new director of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Advancement wants to build bridges between state agencies and the people they are supposed to serve.

Anchorage police chief named diversity, inclusion officer at Providence Alaska

Portrait of Kenneth McCoy

Providence Alaska announced that Anchorage Chief of Police Kenneth McCoy has been named as its first region chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. McCoy is an alumnus of the UAA College of Health Justice Center.

Justice alumnus Alexander Choi graduates from APD 21-1 Police Academy

Portrait of Alexander Choi

When alumnus Alexander Choi graduated from the Justice Center with a BA in Justice in Fall 2020, we asked him what's next. Short and sweet, he said, "Joining the Anchorage Police Department."

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