Thursday, April 3, 2014

National Public Health Week starts April 7 at UAA - check out Healthy Alaskans 2020 and other events

National  Public Health Week starts Monday, April 7, at UAA with a roster of activities including a drive-in movie, a group walk, and sessions on health topics.  These events are coordinated by the College of Health Department of Health Sciences.

On Tuesday, April 8,  Lisa DH Aquino, State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, and Emily Read, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, will discuss "Healthy Alaskans 2020 - Alaskans in Healthy Communities." This event will run from 11:30 a.m.. - 12:30 p.m. in Room 113, Health Sciences Building, UAA Campus.

Healthy Alaskans 2020 is a joint effort of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Together they have identified 25 Leading Health Indicators — a list of critical health priorities for Alaska. The 25 leading health indicators include reducing the rates of cancer, suicide, and interpersonal violence and sexual assault.

Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center Director, and Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice faculty, are co-conveners for the Healthy Alaskans 2020 Strategy Workgroup responsible for identifying key strategies and actions steps related to reducing the rate of child maltreatment, rate of rape, and percentage of adolescents who were ever physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend.

Contact the UAA Department of Health Sciences at 786-6540 or for a full schedule of events.