Health Summit

32nd Annual Health Summit:

“Healthy Alaskans: Every Day, Every Community”

Tuesday, January 27 to Thursday, January 29, 2015 | Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage, Alaska

2015 Summit Tracks

Policy and Systems Change

Chaired by Alison Kulas and Deb Erickson

Public policies and the structures of public health and health care systems have a profound impact on the health of populations. This track will highlight the importance of policy and systems change for improving population health and health care. Topics that fit in this track include:

  1. Examples from the evidence base of how local, state and federal laws and regulations impact health.
  2. Recent legislative initiatives designed to improve health status or health care delivery.
  3. New health care delivery and financing models that improve health care quality and patient health outcomes.
  4. Initiatives to improve public health system performance or strengthen the public health infrastructure.

Public Health Research and Evaluation
Chaired by Andrea Fenaughty, Rhonda Johnson, and Abigail Newby-Kew

This track highlights programs and projects that demonstrate contributions to the scientific foundation for improving health through public health science, research, evaluation and translation to practice.


Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Chaired by Ali Hamade, Katie Reilly and Natasha Pineda

The Alcohol and Substance Abuse track will be focused on issues specific to our circumpolar environment and showcase emerging and promising practices in promotion, prevention, treatment and recovery, both behavioral health and public health approaches, to reduce the number of Alaskans who experience alcohol and other drug dependence and abuse.


Social Determinants of Health/Health Equity
Chaired by Katy Krings & Kim Rogers, and Ali Hamade

This track aims to discuss social, education, health, economic, physical, and environmental determinants of health. It also seeks to identify methods to achieve health equity and improve the health status for individuals, communities, and regions as a whole.
Topics that fit in this track include:

  1. Interagency (academic, private, local, tribal, state, and federal) collaborations to identify and address health disparities
  2. Qualitative and Quantitative methods in gauging the influence of social determinants on health
  3. Programs, practices and policies that aim to achieve social and health equity
  4. Success, failures, and challenges in improving the health of individuals and communities
  5. Social, environmental, and psychological interactions on health
  6. Living and working conditions, environmental exposures, built environment, and public safety effects on health


Public Health Core Competencies and Workforce Development
Chaired by Masayo Nishiyama, Shawne Johnson, Jayne Andreen, and Renee Robinson

Public health professionals are life-long learners. This track provides information, discussion and networking opportunities for public health professionals to learn about current trends in public health concepts and practice to address public health problems in Alaska.
Topics that fit in this track include:

  1. Leadership and systems thinking
  2. Evidence based public health
  3. Program and financial planning and management skills
  4. Quality improvement
  5. Communication skills
  6. Partnership development and collaboration


Poster Session
Chaired by Jayne Andreen, Julie Serstad, and Katie Reilly

Summit Chair for 2015
Lisa Aquino
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