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AFN Alaska Regional Conference
Presented by Municipality of Anchorage & AFN

Forensics in the Last Frontier:
Intersection of Health and Criminal Justice

May 16-17, 2023

May 16, 2023
Day 1 – Morning
8:30 – 9:00 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Dr. Debbie Craig

Dean of the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Health

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the 2023 Alaska Conference: Forensics in the Last Frontier. This conference strives to share information from national experts in trauma-informed care, documentation, legal issues, and interviewing of survivors of violence to explore best practices in forensic healthcare.


9:00 – 10:00 am

Foundations of Trauma Informed Care

Dr. Annie Lewis-O'Connor

Trauma – defined in the broadest aspect – is an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening and has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning. Such traumas can occur in the context of individual, interpersonal, or structural experiences. Trauma-informed care (TIC) is frequently referenced yet there is much variability in how it is applied. This session will provide a framework of applying TIC within a healthcare perspective.

10:00 – 10:15 am


10:15 – 11:15 am

Elder Abuse: Updates on Care

Dr. Kathleen Thimsen

Join us for an update on elder abuse care in 2023.

11:15 – 11:30 am


11:30 – 12:30 pm

The Patient (Forensic) File and HIPAA

Scott Cook, JD

Review of the patient chart and its implications as a forensic file. HIPAA will also be discussed as it pertains to the needs of patients today and into the future.


12:30 – 1:30 pm

Lunch will be provided to all in-person attendees

Day 1 – Afternoon

1:30 – 3:00 pm

STI & ECP in 2023

Catherine Rossi, MSN, RN

Update on the CDC recommended changes for sexually transmitted infections. This session will also discuss emergency contraception recommendations and changes in care options. Pharmacy CE (1.0 contact hours) will be available with this session.


3:00 – 3:15 pm


3:15 – 3:45 pm

Alaska Programming – Forensic Telehealth

Angie Ell
is & Dr. Angelia Trujillo

Alaska Programming: ACFTA


3:45 – 4:45

Work-Life Balance

Dr. Annie Lewis-O'Conner


4:45 – 5:00 pm


May 17, 2023
Day 2 – Morning


8:30 – 10:30 am

History and Interviewing Activity
Dr. Kathleen Thimsen

In two-hours, this interactive session will demonstrate patient interviews and history-taking within the context of trauma-informed care. Participants will be asked to actively participate via Q&A and chat.


10:30 – 10:45 am


10:45 – 12:45 pm

Documentation Dissection Activity
Dr. Jennifer Johnson

This two-hour activity session will incorporate various case presentations and different documentation modalities (narrative, graphical, and photographic) in order to demonstrate the forensic value of patient charts.


12:45 – 1:45 pm

Lunch will be provided to all in-person attendees

Day 2 – Afternoon

1:45 – 3:45 pm

Legal – It Doesn't Have to be a Scary Activity

Activity & Panel

This two-hour activity is designed to promote preparation and confidence of healthcare personnel when participating in depositions and trials. This session will incorporate role play, scenarios, and demonstrations of fact witness and expert witness roles that healthcare professionals may experience in the legal system. 


3:45 – 4:00 pm



4:00 – 4:45 pm

Share Circle Activity


Dr. Annie Lewis-O'Connor

Participants will interact with speakers and each other in identifying ways the content may be utilized in their workspaces. 


4:45 – 5:00 pm

Closing / Evaluation

Continuing Education Disclosure:

This activity is pending approval from the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) for Interprofessional Continuing Education Credit. Professions include Dietetics, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Psychology, and Social work. ANMC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 

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