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Call for Nominations: ALPHA Board & President Elect

Are you interested in serving on the ALPHA Board or nominating a colleague to the Board of Directors? Service on the Alaska Public Health Association (ALPHA) Board of Directors is an excellent opportunity for public health leaders to contribute to the vision and direction of advancing public health in Alaska. Make your nominations by October 30th for the 2015 Annual Election.  (more…)

Alaska Health Summit Student Poster Solicitation

The Alaska Public Health Association (ALPHA) is soliciting Student Posters for its January 2014 Health Summit, to be held in Anchorage Alaska, January 27-29, 2015. These posters will
be featured in a special session dedicated to student posters related to work completed by the student(s) during the 2012-2013 or 2013-2014 academic years. Only students who were enrolled
in an academic program through the fall 2014 session may exhibit their posters and discuss their work at the session. The posters will be judged by a conference committee at the Health
Summit, and awards will be given to the top three posters.

ALPHA will accept proposals for the posters from September 24 through November 17 through the online survey at

Notification of acceptance will be sent to students by December 12, 2014. See the criteria for poster submission (PDF).


Job Openings: Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center

Diabetes Educator

SUMMARY: Following a process improvement model, the Diabetes Educator facilitates the development, implementation, and evaluation of the diabetes education and self-management program at Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center.  Incumbent ensures that patients receive the highest quality of guideline-driven care and that patients connect with and maintain continuous access to services.

QUALIFICATIONS:  RN (BSN preferred) and CDE required.  Minimum one year experience in diabetes education required.  Quality improvement experience focusing on process improvement models preferred.  Experience in data retrieval, statistics, forms design preferred. Experience in clinical-based setting preferred.

HIRING RANGE:  $25.83 – $30.99

Executive Assistant

Summary: Primary assignment to the Executive Director with other duties assigned by other administrative personnel as needed. Keeps official organization records and executes administrative policies determined by or in conjunction with other Senior Staff. Makes travel, car, and hotel reservations for the Executive Director and Senior Staff as appropriate. Coordinates meeting arrangements, records/transcribes minutes for various committees. Acts as the secretary for the Board of Directors. Skilled in handling customer concerns and communicating.

Qualifications:  High School graduate or equivalent required. BA/BS preferred. Minimum of five years experience managing office administrative functions, projects, and liaison for executive level management.

Hiring Range:  $ 18.90 – $24.57

Health Information Management Manager

Summary of Position:  This is a management position responsible for leading and directing Health Information Management services across ANHC’s integrated healthcare delivery system.  This includes, but is not limited to, maintenance of the day-to-day operations within and among other departments; systematic quality assurance audits; implement and maintain patient portal—including all related training; physical safety, security and confidentiality of protected health information; evaluation of HIM processes and controls against the organization’s internal and external information needs on an ongoing basis; compliance with relevant State and Federal regulations; ANHC Privacy Officer designation in compliance with HIPAA regulations; develop and implement policies and procedures governing protected health information; hire, train, supervise, and evaluate HIM staff; oversee transcription functions; develop and monitor HIM departmental budget; coordinate the ordering of equipment and supplies for the HIM department within established budgetary parameters.

Qualifications:  Bachelor’s in Health Information Management or related field required, master’s degree preferred.  Minimum 2 to 5 years experience working in a HIM department including experience with release of protected health information and HIPAA compliance strategies.  Two years of supervisory experience required to include hiring, training, evaluating and discipline of staff. Professional certification as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) or Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) preferred.

Hiring Range:       DOE

Learn more and apply

Job Opening: Technical Writer at Southcentral Foundation

Southcentral Foundation is seeking a Technical Writer who will develop, write, and edit materials for reports, manuals, briefs, proposals for funding, newsletters, and related technical and administrative publications in print or electronic media for the NUKA institute.


Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in healthcare industry or equivalent training and experience and five (5) years of documented experience writing proposals, policies, procedures or other substantial documents.


Salary DOE with excellent benefits including an employer matched 401K plan with 3 years to be vested, 3.9 weeks paid leave, 5.2 weeks leave after 2 years employee medical, dental, vision, hearing and more.

See full ‘TECHNICAL WRITER’ job description and submit an online application at or contact Beverly Willmon at .

Job Opening: 2014 Mat-Su Community Health Fellowship

As a Mat-Su Community Health Fellow you’ll work alongside public health professionals on a Behavioral Health Environmental Scan that will map the continuum of behavioral health services available to community members, identify gaps, and barriers, and assess the policy and regulatory environment in Alaska and the nation in terms of behavioral health. Both the treatment and prevention system will be assessed, with special attention to childhood trauma. This is a six month fellowship. (

Competencies sought include at least completion of course work for a Master’s Degree in one of the following fields: Public health, Social Work, Medicine, Nursing, or Public policy. We can accommodate meeting practicum or thesis needs. Professionals with completed degrees are welcome, as well.

Compensation will include: The Fellow will be paid a stipend of $20/30 per hour, up to 30 hours per week and a housing allowance is available.

How to apply: The Fellowship will begin in early 2014. To apply please submit the following electronically by 8 am on December 16, 2013. Send to Don Zoerb, Finance Director, at .

  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  • An essay describing the reason you want to be a Mat-Su Community Health Fellow, including a discussion of your major strengths and qualifications for this program and how this fellowship experience will fit into your career plans.
  • The names of four references who can speak to your academic and/or work experience and skills.

Another Successful Alaska Health Summit – Thank You from ALPHA

Thank you to all the speakers, sponsors and participants who joined us for the 2014 Alaska Public Health Summit in Anchorage on January 27 to 29. It was a great event that we could not have pulled off without you. Next year’s summit will be at the end of January. Mark your calendars!

ALPHA Logo Gear

Please visit our Cafe Press site for mugs, hats, tees, totes and more, or order a fleece vest at next Health Summit.