Intentional Injury Prevention-Alaska Style

Félagsvísindatorg með Rhonda M. Johnson, DrPH, Fulbright-Arctic NSF Scholar.

This presentation will provide a brief overview of two Alaskan projects related to suicide prevention (Promoting Community Conversations about Research to End Suicide (PC CARES) and the Alaska Native Collaborative Hub for Research on Resilience (ANCHRR), and also some highlights from one recently developed public resource called Hard Times and Healing Toolkit, which is designed to support healing from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and other trauma. There will be time for Q and A. The discussion will be moderated by Eydís Kr Sveinbjarnardóttir, Dean of the Institute of Health Science Research, University of Akureyri.

Rhonda M. Johnson, DrPH, MPH, FNP is Professor of Public Health at University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), and recent past Chair of the Department of Health Sciences (2005-2015) and MPH Program Coordinator (2004-2014). She is a Fulbright-Arctic NSF Scholar currently based at University of Akureyri through July, 2019. She has been actively involved in the UAA distance-delivered graduate program in public health that is focused on northern and circumpolar health issues, and just completed her term as President of the Alaska Public Health Association (ALPHA).

Dr Johnson is currently part of the advisory teams for the NIH-funded Alaska Native Collaborative Hub for Resilience Research (ANCHRR) and Promoting Community Conversations about Research to End Suicide (PC-CARES) Projects in Alaska. She is particularly interested in learning more about how Iceland is addressing intentional injury (domestic violence/sexual assault, homicide and suicide) and would welcome opportunities to share challenges, strategies, resources and lessons learned. She is past-President of the American Society of Circumpolar Health (2012-2015), and current Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Circumpolar Health. She has taught courses in circumpolar health, public health and society, program evaluation, health administration and policy, and public health ethics, and in the past decade or so, has been active as faculty in several collaborative circumpolar health summer institutes.

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