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35th Annual Health Summit

Finding Our Way Forward

35th Alaska Health Summit | January 16-18, 2018
Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage, Alaska

Health Summit Registration is Open

Register online or fax/email the registration form. Early bird discounts end December 15. Discounts are available on the registration form. 

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 2018 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:

  • Building Public Health System Capacity
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Protection and Security
  • Public Health Research and Evaluation
  • Emerging Issues


The Awards Committee of the Alaska Public Health Association requests nominations for awards to be given at the Alaska Health Summit on January 16-18, 2018.  ALPHA awards provide an opportunity to recognize your colleagues and acknowledge their contribution to the Alaska Public Health Association and to public health in Alaska.

To submit your nomination, please complete the attached  2018 ALPHA Awards Nomination Form and Criteria by November 17, 2017

The Awards Committee will select the honorees from those nominated.

Click here for more information about the ALPHA Awards


Plenary Speakers

We are pleased to announce the confirmed plenary sessions for the 2018 Alaska Health Summit.

Accelerating the Pace of Change in Providing Alaska’s Network of Long Term Services and Supports
Elaine Ryan, Vice President of State Advocacy and Strategy Integration, AARP

Adverse Childhood Experiences – What’s New in Alaska
Josh Arvidson, Director, Alaska Child Trauma Center at ACMHS
Jared Parrish, Senior Epidemiologist, Alaska Department of Health & Social Services
Tamar Ben-Yosef, Executive Director, All Alaska Pediatric Partnership

Health Literacy in Plain Language 
Janis Winogradsky, Health Communication Specialist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease 

Housing IS Healthcare: A look at Housing First Interventions in Alaska
Brian Wilson, Executive Director, Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness

Partnering to Promote Health Equity Across the Life Span
Connie Jessen, Senior Program Manager, HIV/STD Prevention Program, ANTHC
Erin Peterson, Senior Epidemiologist, ANTHC
Brenna Simons-Petrusa, Director, Hepatitis & Immunization Program, ANTHC
Rosalyn Singleton, Research Physician, ANTHC
Mary Willard, Director, Oral Health Prevention, ANTHC

Public Health Approach to Addictions 
Jay C. Butler, Chief Medical Officer, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, and Director, Division of Public Health


Pre and Post Summit Offerings

Please take a look at the confirmed pre and post summit sessions. If you’re interested in hosting a session, please click here.

Pre Summit Sessions:
Monday, January 15, 2018 – Connect with Data – Alaska Public Health Data Sources
Hosted by Alaska Division of Public Health, Deborah Hull-Jilly,

Post Summit Sessions:
Friday, January 19, 2018 – Communicating the Value of Public Health
Hosted by Alaska Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Tari O’Connor,

Friday, January 19, 2018 – Investigating the Impacts of Inadequate Water Provision in Rural Alaskan Households
Hosted by US Arctic Research Commission/CDC, Dr. Cheryl Rosa,

Call for Nominations: ALPHA Board of Directors & President Elect

Are you interested in serving on the ALPHA Board? Do you know a colleague who would make a great Board Member? Service on the Alaska Public Health Association (ALPHA) Board of Directors is an excellent opportunity for public health leaders to contribute to the vision and direction of advancing public health in Alaska. Submit your nomination with the ALPHA Board Nomination Form by October 13th for the 2018 Annual Election. 

This Call for Nominations includes the following positions:  

  • The President-Elect serves three years. In 2018, they will serve on the executive committee and
    assist with the planning of the Alaska Health Summit, followed by serving as President in 2019. In 2020,
    as Past President, they will have the distinguished honor of serving as the Chair for the Alaska Health
    Summit Planning Committee.
  • Board Members serve three years. There are four Board seats open for election. The Board
    Member commitment includes attendance at regular board meetings (in person or via teleconference, an
    average of 7 per year), attendance at the annual planning retreat in February (travel funds are available),
    and the willingness to serve on at least one committee.

For more information about Board position duties, see the ALPHA Bylaws (Articles VII & VIII) on the ALPHA
website at

It is the desire of the Board and ALPHA as an organization to promote diversity on the Board and to best
represent the membership at large geographically, by discipline, and by public health interests.

AK Health Summit: Evening and Pre and Post-Summit Sessions


Once again, the Alaska Public Health Association (ALPHA) is pleased to offer meeting space for pre and post-Summit sessions as part of the 2018 Alaska Health Summit. Space is available to Alaska coalitions and public health organizations for meetings and workshops at no cost. Space is assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Times when space is available are:

  • Monday, January 15, Noon through 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, January 16, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm (Please note this is during the ALPHA reception and annual meeting)
  • Wednesday, January 17, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Thursday, January 18, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Friday, January 19, 8:00 am through 5:00 pm

For more information, go to the Pre and Post Summit Session page

ALPHA Logo Gear

Please visit our Cafe Press site for mugs, hats, tees, totes and more, or order a fleece vest at the next Health Summit.


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