Valmynd Leit

Rhonda M. Johnson Fulbright Professor at UNAK

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 will be a Fulbright-Arctic NSF Scholar based at University of Akureyri March 6-July 31, 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). She also worked as a primary care provider (family nurse practitioner) for almost two decades, including serving several years as Clinic Director and clinician in the Alaska Tribal Health System, and as a past member of the Alaska Area Institutional Review Board (AAIRB). She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer/Trainer (Thailand, 1980-83), co-founder of the nationally recognized Anchorage Health Literacy Collaborative that trains adult learners of English to be Peer Leader Navigators (PLNs), and past Project Director for the NIH-funded UAA Center for Addressing Health Disparities through Research and Education (CAHDRE).

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.

We warmly welcome Rhone M. Johnson to the University of Akureyri.


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