Health Summit

34th Annual Alaska Health Summit:
“The Changing Landscape of Public Health”

Tues, January 17 to Thurs, January 19, 2017
Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage, Alaska

2017 Summit Chair

Mary McEwen

2017 Health Summit Tracks

Get involved in helping plan this Summit by contacting any of these track chairs or email and indicate how you are interested in getting involved. 

Advocacy for Public Health aims to influence decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. Examples of sessions could include information on the continuum of advocacy from educating policymakers to lobbying, the passage and implementation of formal and informal laws and rules, system changes within organizations and institutions, and physical or material changes to the economic, social or physical environments.

Chair: Katie Reilly, and Ken Helander,

Social and Economic Determinants of Health track discusses social, educational, health, economic, physical, and environmental determinants of health across the life span. It seeks to identify methods to achieve health equity and improve the health status for individuals, communities, and regions as a whole. Sessions in this category could include increasing to access affordable health care, availability of community-based resources that support healthful living and recreation, and increasing community and interpersonal  safety.

Chair: Joe Sarcone  and Jayne Andreen 

Interdisciplinary Partnerships break down silos and increase collaboration to build shared solutions. Today’s health and social issues are requiring increasing collaboration and integration to prevention illness, injury and inequality. This track will discuss efforts to build successful coalition, build and sustain collaborations, and develop formal and informal integrated approaches to improve health outcomes.

Co-Chairs: Lisa Aquino and John Laux

Public Health Research and Evaluation generates knowledge and guides the full range of public health policy and program development and implementation. This track includes sessions that (a) address how to perform research and evaluation and build research and evaluation capacity within your organization and (b) highlight programs and projects that strive to improve health through public health science, research, evaluation, and translation to practice. In addition to sessions that help develop research and evaluation skills this track includes sessions that describe results from completed projects, preliminary results from ongoing projects, and methodological reports.

Chair: Janet Johnston  

Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behavior towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions. Examples could include worksite wellness programs, disease, violence and injury prevention initiatives, innovative social marketing and communication efforts, use of technology to promote health and evolving health literacy.

Co-Chairs: Deandra Ingram and Nancy Nix


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