The purpose of the Behavioral Health Alliance is to promote communication, collaboration and innovation across campuses to enhance behavioral health programs in the UA system. The University of Alaska is the premier educator of Alaska’s behavioral health workforce, with programs ranging from non-degree trainings and certificates to doctoral programs. The University’s statewide offices are located in Fairbanks, which is also considered the research hub for the University system.
The vast majority of students enrolled in behavioral health programs are studying through programs at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA, 77 percent of enrollment in 2005). The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) programs tend to focus most specifically on the issues and strengths of Alaska Native cultures. All three major academic units (UAA, UAF, and the University of Alaska Southeast, or UAS) rely on cohort learning models to enhance the quality of the student experience. They rely on distance delivery to expand their course offerings to students across the state. The College of Rural and Community Development delivers courses on site in some rural campuses as well.
Behavioral Health Alliance Charter:
BHA is a cross-campus University of Alaska interdisciplinary task group has been formed to identify issues concerning behavioral health programs in the UA system and to work collaboratively to enhance communication, coordination and collaboration between and within academic disciplines. Participants will include deans, directors, and faculty from all three University of Alaska campuses.
Alliance members believe there is a need for the University to respond as one orginazation to industry regarding plans for behavioral health professional education. They believe that there should be a coordinated approach to industry to solicit feedback and help prioritize programs for development. The Alliance will serve that purpose.
Accomplishments to date: