Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Dr. Rivera presents at UAA's first Healthy Minds Conversation with the Chancellor and Provost

Dr. Rivera (at podium) discusses health problems of
female victims of crime.
Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice Center faculty, and Dr. Gabriel Garcia, UAA Department of Health Sciences, co-presented at UAA's first "Healthy Minds Conversation" on April 22.

They discussed their research on "Health Correlates of Female Victimization" which looked at the effect of race on the health conditions of women who have experienced violence in their lives. Minority women who have experienced violence have significantly increased odds of health problems, including mental health problems.

The goal of the event was to encourage conversation among faculty, staff and students about programs, projects, and research at UAA aimed at supporting mental health.  As the University of Alaska’s health campus, UAA is uniquely situated to take a leadership role in supporting a healthy minds ethos on campus and collaborating with partners both on and off campus.

The program included an overview of the programs in the College of Health, Student Affairs, and the College of Arts and Sciences.  The reports and recommendations from this event will be summarized and distributed.

For more information, contact Pam Cravez, Executive Officer, Communications Directors, pcravez@uaa.alaska.edu The event is available as a UAA podcast.

Dr. Garcia and Dr. Rivera presented to faculty, staff, and students.