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36th Annual Alaska Health Summit

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2019 Health Summit Themes

With a changing landscape and the potential of decreased funding at both the state and national level, it is increasingly important for Public Health to build our science and evidence based programming to support the health and well-being of our citizenry.  The 2019 Health Summit will focus on how we move forward to positively impact the health and well-being of all Alaskans.

The Health Summit is being organized around the following thematic areas:

  • Partnerships to Promote the Public’s Health
  • Strength-Based Approaches to Health Promotion
  • Cultural Attunement and Community Engagement
Pre- and Post-summit Sessions

ALPHA is pleased to offer meeting space for pre- and post-Summit sessions as part of the 2019 Alaska Health Summit.

Monday, January 21, 2019

12:00 – 5:00: Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide: Participate in a Learning Circle, Hosted by UMass, Lisa Wexler, lwexler@umass.edu

12:00 – 2:00: Shared Risk and Protective Factor Workgroup, Hosted by the Center for Safe Alaskans, Marcia Howell, marcia.howell@safealaskans.org

1:00 – 5:00: Connecting with Data and 4th Annual Scientific Advisory, Hosted by the Division of Public Health, Deborah Hull-Jilly, deborah.hull-jilly@alaska.gov

2:00 – 5:00: Addressing Eating Disorders in Alaska, Hosted by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, Grace Schumacher, support@nutritionpartnership.com

Friday, January 25, 2019

8:00 – 5:00: Alaska Wellness Coalition Strategic Planning, Hosted by Alaska Wellness Coalition, Jess Limbird, jlimbird@recoveralaska.org

8:00 – 5:00: Gray Water Reuse: Research Needs and Best Practices, Hosted by US Arctic Research Commission, Cheryl Rosa, crosa@arctic.gov

8:30 – 2:00: Kickoff Meeting for the Alaska Perinatal Quality Collaborative, Note: Meeting held at Providence Cancer Center Rooms 2281-2285, https://www.ashnha.com/alaska-perinatal-quality-collaborative/, Rebekah Morisse, rebekah.morisse@alaska.gov

9:00 – 5:00: Great Meetings, Great Results, Hosted by Collective Change Consulting, Jayne Andreen, jeandreen@gmail.com

10:00 – 12:00: Healthy Alaskans 2020 Advisory Team Meeting, Hosted by State of AK, Division of Public Health & ANTHC, Lisa McGuire, lisa.mcguire@alaska.gov

12:30 – 5:00: Using Data for Strategic Decision-Making, Hosted by Alaska Department of Health and Human Services, Melinda Schultz, schulm5@uw.edu

12:30 – 5:00: Alaska Statewide Violence and Injury Prevention Partnership meeting, hosted by AK Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion & ANTHC Injury Prevention, Tari O’Connor, teresa.oconnor@alaska.gov

U.S. Air Force labor and delivery nurse
Continuing Education

Check back later for information regarding Continuing Education opportunities.

Keynote speakers

Meet our plenary session speakers

Micah Hahn, MPH, PhD

Wednesday Morning Plenary

Assistant Professor of Environmental Health, Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies, UAA

    Mara Kimmel, MS, JD, PhD

    Wednesday Morning Plenary

    Deputy Director, Strategy, Research and Scholarship, Anchorage Museum

      Laura Norton-Cruz, MSW, LMSW

      Monday Morning Plenary

      Director, Alaska Resilience Initiative, Alaska Children's Trust

        Besse Odom

        Wednesday Morning Plenary

        Chair for Environment and Climate Justice, Co-chair Anchorage CAP Advisory Committee, NAACP

          Desiré Shepler, MPH

          Monday Morning Plenary

          Director, R.O.C.K. Mat-Su, Mat-Su Health Foundation

            Jessica Filley, MPH

            Thursday Morning Plenary

            CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

              Arika Paquette

              Monday Morning Plenary

              Prevention and Education Manager, Women in Safe Homes


                Check back to browse session schedules and descriptions and make a plan!

                Conference registration

                Online registration starts November 1. Register by December 16 to save.

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                Tuesday, January 22, 2019
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                2019 Sponsors

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                Hotel Captain Cook

                Hotel Rooms

                The Hotel Captain Cook offers a discount of $125/plus tax when booking for the AK Health Summit until group is filled. Book your room


                Valet Parking is offered at Hotel Captain Cook’s 4th Avenue entrance.  Ask for rates.

                Self-Parking is offered in the Diamond Parking Garage located adjacent to The Hotel Captain Cook. If you would like to unload your items in the Valet area before self-parking please feel free to do so and the Hotel Captain Cook staff will help with unloading and bringing those items to your room.

                • The ticket you receive from entering the garage is needed to exit.
                • Diamond parking charges per/hour and will charge a full day fee if the ticket is lost.

                Parking on the street at a City-monitored meter: The City monitors the meters Monday through Friday from 9 am–6 pm. Parking is free during off hours but please understand that you’re parking in an unsecured location and at your own risk. The city also does winter street cleaning from 2 am–6 am, and they will tow your vehicle if it is parked on the street overnight.


                Credentialed working journalists approved for press privileges will be provided discounted registration of $35 per day, including meals. Please read the Media Policy before submitting your request for press credentials to ensure you are eligible and understand the requirements of press privileges.