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DHSS newsletter: Summer Update 2014


DHSS’s biannual external newsletter is now posted on the department homepage: http://dhss.alaska.gov/Documents/Publications/2014_DHSS_SU.pdf


In addition to columns by Gov. Sean Parnell and DHSS Commissioner William J. Streur (page 3), you will find the following highlights.


  • Meet the new Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Gary Zientek (1)

  • (photo) The stunning new 1% for Art work at Johnson Youth Center in Juneau (1)

  • An EHR-HIE update (2)

  • A story about ‘super utilizers’ from the Division of Health Care Services (2)

  • Meet the new API director and chief executive, Dr. Melissa Ring (2)

  • New telehealth care options for veterans in Southeast Alaska (2)

  • Leadership changes: Karen Forrest (DJJ), Albert Wall (BH) and Leslie Houston (DPA, effective July 1) (3)

  • Health Care Commission’s work extended to 2017 (3)

  • Retired DJJ Director Barbara Henjum writes about what she learned in 30 years with the division (4)

  • Opportunities for Alaska youth to advise health programs (4)

  • How DHSS monitors psychotropic medication of children (4)

  • DHSS ‘STARS’: Marcey Bish/DPA, Fennisha Gardner/OCS, Barbara Knapp/DBH, Ann Potempa/DPH, Stacy Toner/DBH, Charles Utermohle/DPH and the Public Information Team/FMS (5)

  • Healthy Futures Challenge (5)

  • Putting helmets on heads (5)

  • StandUpSpeakUp! mini-grant awards (5)

  • Foster care innovations (6)

  • OCS listens to former clients, and learns (6)

  • OCS: Family Infant Toddler Court Team (6)

  • Child care improvement system gets under way (7)

  • (photo) State and Tanana Chiefs Conference sign historic child welfare agreement (7)

  • WIC food rule expands choices (7)

  • SDS upgrades old data systems (7)

  • Breast-feeding peer counseling receives USDA grant (7)

  • Alaskans with severe mental illness can find jobs, and keep them (8)

  • Two decades of Medicaid waivers keep families together (8)

  • Behavioral health grants process debuts innovative new RFP (8)

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