One Health Alaska - Program



Noon — Registration is open

1 p.m. — Opening remarks

Daniel M. White, chancellor, UAF
Larry Hinzman, vice chancellor for research, UAF
Evon Peter, vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education, UAF

1:20 p.m. — Welcome and introduction Arleigh Reynolds, director of UAF's One Health initiative and professor of veterinary medicine

1:30 p.m. — Keynote speaker: Tom Hennessy
director, Anchorage field station for infectious diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Results of the Alaska Zoonotic Disease Prioritization Workshop
One Health stakeholders met in March 2019 for a two-day workshop to develop a priority list of zoonotic diseases for Alaska. In this presentation, we will review the results of this workshop and discuss next steps to improve capacity and preparedness.

2 p.m. — Presentations

2 p.m.  John Walsh, 
 chief scientist, International Arctic Research Center, UAF

Climate Change and One Health
Climate change has impacted Alaska in subtle ways, ranging from the state’s vegetative landscape to patterns of land use and even land ownership. In this presentation, we will highlight several major climatic trends in Alaska over the past 50 years, including the trends of extreme events that are among the most consequential manifestations of climate change.

2:15 p.m.  Karsten Hueffer, associate dean, Department of Veterinary Medicine, UAF

A One Health Approach to Zoonotic Diseases
Zoonotic diseases in an Arctic context, what we know and what we don’t know, through examples of important pathogens for humans and subsistence species.

2:30 p.m.  Tuula Hollmén, research associate professor, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UAF

Alaska Food Safety and Security
Overview of the results and recommendations from a food security working group formed during the 2017 One Health workshop during the Week of the Arctic and Arctic Council Ministerial meetings in Fairbanks.

2:45 p.m.  Mike Brubaker, director of community environment and health, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium 

Applying Local Observations for One Health in Arctic Communities 
Since 2012, the Alaska tribal health system has been tracking observations of unusual events as a way to understand environmental change and community impact. Find out how the Local Environmental Observer Network is being used to help inform One Health practitioners about present and emerging threats in Alaska and the circumpolar North.

3 p.m. — Coffee break

3:30 p.m. —  
Keynote speaker: Tina Woods, senior director for community health services,  Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

A One Health Approach: Working Together to Create Wellness Among All Living Things
This presentation recognizes culture and spirituality as the foundation of health and wellness, and all the interconnectedness of all living things. Widespread expertise across disciplines is essential for better understanding and increased communication to achieve holistic wellness in today’s world.

4 p.m. — 
Presentations (cont.)

4 p.m.  Stacy Rasmus,
director, Center for Alaska Native Health Research, UAF

Alaska Native Collaborative Hub for Research on Resilience: Community-Driven Cultural Strengths and Protections
The Alaska Native Collaborative Hub for Research on Resilience is an initiative aimed at strengthening existing research partnerships and developing new partnerships, thereby broadening the potential impacts from suicide prevention research efforts throughout Alaska and the Arctic.
ANCHRR includes a three-region research project that will highlight what Alaska Native rural communities are doing to support young people and promote their well-being, rather than focus exclusively on risks and problems. The Alaska Native Community Resilience Study seeks to identify pathways from larger social and community processes down to individual, youth experiences, which can inform a wide variety of prevention efforts.

4:15 p.m.  Jim Berner, science director, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Biomonitoring, a Critical Component of One Health: The Role of the Arctic Council in the Development of Circumpolar Environmental Biomonitoring Programs
Discussion on human and environmental health monitoring programs, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program and the Maternal Organics Monitoring Study, and the role of the Arctic Council in the development of a circumpolar environmental biomonitoring program.

4:30 p.m.  Arleigh Reynolds, director of UAF's One Health initiative & Brian Barnes, director, Institute of Arctic Biology

One Health Education Programs
At UAF, we are developing educational programs that focus on building One Health skills to gather information and work toward adaptive and resilient approaches to problem management. We’re working across the University of Alaska system and across Alaska to incorporate One Health into educational programs from K-12 through the Ph.D. degree.

4:45 p.m.  Amy Lauren Lovecraft, director of UAF's Center for Arctic Policy Studies

One Health in Policy: Science, Policy and Community Futures
The future of remote rural communities in Alaska, and other Arctic locations, is far from secure. What science is needed to form strategies of resilience, and how must policies change to foster positive trends? Scenarios-thinking can benefit local-scale management and self-determination efforts in designing strategies to drive science, integrate Indigenous knowledge and address policies related to community resilience.

6-8 p.m. — Welcome reception at the
University of Alaska Museum of the North 

Join us for food and live music by Fireweed Fiddle and a performance from the Pavva Inupiaq Dancers of Fairbanks!


8 a.m. — Registration is open / morning coffee

9 a.m. — Plenary panel Moderated by Arleigh Reynolds, director of UAF's One Health initiative

     Review of Friday's presentation

Brian Barnes, Institute of Arctic Biology, UAF
Jim Berner,
 Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Michael Brubaker, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Tom Hennessy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Karsten Hueffer, Department of Veterinary Medicine, UAF
Tuula Hollmén, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UAF
Amy Lauren Lovecraft, Center for Arctic Policy Studies, UAF
Stacy Rasmus, Center for Alaska Native Health Research, UAF
John Walsh, International Arctic Research Center, UAF

10 a.m. — Coffee break

10:30 a.m. — Breakout session
Moderated by Arleigh Reynolds and Tuula Hollmén

What Are the Large Issues We Can Best Address Through a One Health Approach?
This session will focus on identifying and prioritizing issues in Alaska that can be addressed through a One Health approach.

Noon —  Report back to the group

12:30 p.m. — Special speaker: Gene Tagaban  |  Spirit in All Things

12:40 p.m. — Lunch and networking

2 p.m. — Moderated Breakout session

Creation of One Health Working Groups With Set Goals for 2019-2020
This session is focused on developing working groups that will address the issues identified in the morning session. The goal is to build support for research, education and outreach programs that operationalize understanding and management of these problems.

Action steps and continued efforts from the group will be planned for the subsequent 12 months.

3 p.m. — Report back to group | Moderated by Arleigh Reynolds, director of One Health, UAF

Our Next Steps

3:30 p.m. — End of program