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SHARP Advisory Council 

State statute (AS 18.29.015(c)) specifies that the SHARP-II Program will be administered by the Commissioner of the Department of Health & Social Services in consultation with an advisory council appointed by the commissioner. The statute requires that the council be “made up of members with health care expertise, including expertise in economic issues affecting the hiring and retention of health care professionals in the state.”

The current advisory council consists of 15 voting members and two non-voting ex-officio members. The council meets at least quarterly and meetings are open to the public.

Voting Members:

  • Randi Sweet, Chair, United Way of Anchorage, 263-3837, 3-year term
  • John Riley, Vice Chair, Alaska Academy of Physician Assistants, 786-6570, 2-year term
  • Diane Barrans, Alaska Commission on Post-Secondary Education, 465-6740, 3-year term
  • Jeannie Monk, Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association, 586-1790, 3-year term
  • Thomas Chard, Alaska Behavioral Health Association, 523-0376, 2-year term
  • Eileen Heaston, National Association of Social Workers Alaska, 257-4863, 1-year term
  • Pat Senner, Alaska Nurses Association, 360-8917, 1-year term
  • Nancy Davis, Alaska Pharmacists Association, 563-8880, 2-year term
  • Nancy Merriman, Alaska Primary Care Association, 929-2722, 1-year term
  • Mike Haugen, Alaska State Medical Association, 3-year term
  • William Hogan, University of Alaska, 786-4406, 3-year term
  • Dan Robinson, Alaska Department of Labor, 465-6040, 1-year term
  • David Nielson, Alaska Dental Society, 441-6002, 2-year term
  • Nancy Burke, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, 269-7965, 1-year term
  • Shauna Hegna, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, 729-2601, 2-year term

Ex-officio Members:

Advisory Council:

The Council is a key source of guidance regarding effective outreach and marketing to potential Sites and potentially interested clinicians, is a key source of feedback on both process and impact.  The Council makes informed recommendations to the SHARP Program and DHSS leadership regarding support-for-service. SHARP recognizes the importance of communication with stakeholders for this program, and defines the Council as a main formal way by which this will occur.  The Council’s role has been further codified by State of Alaska adoption of regulations attendant to the HB-78 statute.  The Council’s role as specified in statute is to:

The Council meets about six times per year.  The current Council Current officers:

  • Chair: Randy Sweet (United Way of Anchorage)
  • Vice Chair: John Riley (Alaska Academy of Physician Assistants)
Current member-agencies & websites:

Council Governance

Enabling statute (HB-78) specified the role of the Advisory Council, which follows:
 
The program shall be administered by the commissioner in consultation with an advisory body appointed by the commissioner. The advisory body is made up of members with health care expertise, including expertise in economic issues affecting the hiring and retention of health care professionals in the state. Members of  the advisory body serve at the pleasure of the commissioner to provide recommendations for and oversight and evaluation of all aspects of the program. The commissioner shall accept a recommendation of the advisory body on a matter pertaining to the identification and monitoring of areas of shortages, eligible sites, payment priorities, or evaluation of the program, unless the commissioner finds, in writing, that the recommendation cannot be financially or otherwise supported by the department.
 
Operational regulatory language further codified Advisory Council processes and rules of order, which follows:
 
Advisory body membership (7 AAC 24.710)
 
The advisory body consists of 15 members representing professional associations, health care sites, and health care professions training sites. One of the 15 members is an expert in economic issues affecting the hiring and retention of health care professionals in the state. Three of the 15 members are at-large members, who are experts needed for particular issues that may arise during the administration of health care professions loan repayment & incentive program.
 
Advisory body duties (7 AAC 24.720)
 
The advisory body shall:
 
(1) provide recommendations for and oversight and evaluation of all aspects of the program;
(2) review and comment on any proposed program initiatives;
(3) review and comment on any ongoing program activities; and
(4) assist in formulating policies for the program.
 
Advisory body meetings (7 AAC 24.730)
 
(a) Two-thirds of the individuals currently appointed as voting members constitute a quorum to convene the advisory body and conduct business.
(b) The advisory body shall meet at least quarterly and shall hold an annual meeting, at which time the advisory body shall elect officers and confirm the dates and locations for the next three quarterly meetings.
(c) The advisory body shall conduct public meetings in accordance with the 2011 edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised.
 
Appointments & terms of advisory body members (7 AAC 24.740)
 
(a) Advisory body members will be appointed for staggered 3-year terms.
(b) A member of the advisory body shall serve until a successor is appointed.
(c) An appointment to fill a vacancy on the advisory body is for the remainder of the unexpired term.
(d) An advisory body member who has served all or part of two successive terms may not be reappointed to the advisory body unless three years have elapsed since the person has last served on it.
(e) The body shall select a chair & a vice-chair from its members to serve one-year terms.
Advisory body ex-officio nonvoting members (7 AAC 24.750)
The commissioner shall appoint ex-officio nonvoting members as needed to support the goals of the program and the work of the advisory body.
 
Removal of advisory body members (7 AAC 24.760)
 
(a) Members of the advisory body serve at the pleasure of the commissioner. The commissioner may terminate a member's service for the member's
(1) misconduct;
(2) bias, including
(A) subverting the purposes of the program while representing the
advisory body;
(B) taking positions in the name of the advisory body or program without the support of the advisory body, or promising, without the support of the advisory body, to support positions or programs of other entities in the name of the advisory body or program;
(3) failure to disclose a conflict of interest as required under this section; or
(4) missing three consecutive meetings.
(b) A member with a substantial financial interest in an official action must declare the financial interest and request to be excused from voting. The chair will make a final determination on a request by a member to be excused from voting due to a conflict of interest. The advisory board may override a ruling by the chair on a majority vote.
(c) If the chair determines that a member has a conflict of interest, that member must file a written disclosure form with the department describing the matter.
(d) A member shall inform the chair of potential conflicts of interest valued at more than $5,000 annually if the interest is related to health care system income affecting the member or the member's immediate family. In this subsection,
(1) "health care system income" means income from a health care industry job; in
this paragraph, "health care industry job" includes health care professional clinical, non-clinical, and administrative jobs;
(2) "member's immediate family" means the member's spouse, children, parents,
and siblings.

Meetings of the SHARP-II Advisory Council:

Meetings of the SHARP Advisory Council are open to the public and a notice for each quarterly meeting appears in DHSS Public Notices. The first meeting of the Advisory Body was held on May 10, 2013. A second meeting followed on June 5. From these initial two meetings the Body recommended 45 candidates from Solicitation-1 to the Commissioner for approval.

Council Proceedings:

Meeting Summaries
 
2013
2014
Meeting Public Notices

How to contact the Advisory Council

Questions and comments for the SHARP Advisory Council should be directed to Robert Sewell, SHARP Program Manager, Robert.sewell@alaska.gov.