Medical training program accredited

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The University of Alaska Fairbanks Tanana Valley Campus medical assisting program has received national accreditation by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

The accreditation was based on the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistant’s Endowment. The review board conducted a site visit of the program in May.

Tanana Valley Campus offers an associate of applied science degree in medical assisting as part of its allied health program. The degree provides students necessary training and education required for entry-level jobs in the medical assisting profession.

"The accreditation wouldn’t be possible without the diligent work and dedication of the allied health faculty at TVC," said campus director Jake Poole in a statement. "The approval is a tribute to their efforts."

Grant funds UAF Alaska Native nutrition, lifestyle research

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has received an $11 million, five-year grant to establish an Alaska Native Health Research Center and Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Alaska.

Funds for the grant come from the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Research Resources Program.

UAF’s program aims to develop knowledge about the behavioral, genetic and nutritional factors related to obesity and its relationship to diabetes and heart disease.

According to UAF the rate of diabetes for Alaska Natives has climbed in recent years. Alaska Natives have had the ability to survive extreme environmental conditions with limited food resources for several generations, and despite a traditional diet high in fat they have experienced little obesity, heart disease and diabetes until recently.

According to the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp., between 1985 and 1999 the rate of increase of diabetes for Alaska Natives in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta was 177 percent. This figures compares with an increase of 76 percent for all Alaska Natives and Native Americans in Alaska.

The Alaska Native Health Research Center will work with tribal health organizations. Research will collect information to identify dietary patterns, nutrient intakes and food sources to improve understanding of the nutritional value of subsistence foods.

Other efforts aim to work with Alaska Natives to identify a cultural understanding of health and wellness. This research will be used to work with communities in reducing risk associated with increased body weight by improving nutrition and cultural behavioral health.

12/23/2001 - 8:00pm