Health Summit

33rd Annual Health Summit:
“Health Across the Generations”

Tues, February 2 to Thurs, February 4, 2016
Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage, Alaska

  • pdf 2016 Health Summit Program
  • Contact Hours for Nurses

    This activity has been submitted to Montana Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. Montana Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

    Pre and Post Summit Sessions

    Several pre- and post-summit sessions are being convened around the Alaska Public Health Summit. Contact the session host below for more information.

    Monday, February 1, 1-5 pm: Connecting with Data – Alaska Public Health Data Sources Obtaining public health data for Alaska is not always as easily as it should be.  This session is geared toward public health professionals, health advocacy organizations, and individuals requiring health data.  The period from 1-3PM will be devoted to introducing individuals to using the Informed Alaskans Initiative components of the Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (AK-IBIS) and InstantAtlas health maps. Beginning at 3 PM, data stewards will describe the content of some of the 30+ public health data sources with information on Alaska, ranging from the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics to the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System.  This is an opportunity to both connect in person with individuals who can assist in fulfilling your data needs and to identify gaps in health information that should be addressed in the future. This collaboration between data stewards and data users will result in identifying methods to improve access to public health information.  Contact:

    Tuesday, February 2, 4:30-5pm,  Building Collaborations for National Public Health Week 2016. Contact:

    Thursday, February 4, 5:30-6:30 pm, University of Alaska Anchorage Public Health and Health Sciences Programs. Contact:

    Friday, February 5, 8 am – 5 pm, The Sixth Annual USARC/CDC Water and Sanitation Workshop  The Alaska Rural Water and Sanitation Working Group will hold a workshop on education and outreach in the area of water and sanitation. The morning will focus on the history of water and sanitation outreach and education and also on education related to the adoption of new technology, methodology and systems. The morning sessions will culminate in a guided panel discussion that will involve all participants and focus on the factors that motivate people to change health-related behaviors. The afternoon session is still under development, but will involve one to two breakout groups enlisted to draft a “best-practices” document for unserved homes. Contact:

    2016 Summit Tracks

    Health Policy and Systems: The health of Alaskans at all ages is influenced by the environments in which we live, work and play. Policy, systems and environmental change makes healthier choices a real, feasible option for every community member by looking at the laws, rules and environments that impact our behavior across the life span. Examples of sessions could include information on 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.

    Social and Economic Determinants of Health track focuses on the availability of resources and conditions that foster healthy living by determining individuals’ ability to thrive in society at every stage of life. Sessions in this category could include increasing access to healthy, local foods, affordable health care, availability of community-based resources that support healthful living and recreation, and increasing community and interpersonal safety.

    Interdisciplinary and Partnerships track aims to explore collaborative multidisciplinary public health efforts that are currently multidimensional or could be expanded to address multiple domains throughout the course of a lifetime. This includes processes, programs, and projects through traditional and/or non-traditional partners that highlight successful coalitions, building and sustaining collaboration, as well as formal and informal partnerships for more comprehensive and inclusive approaches to improve health outcomes.

    Public Health Research and Evaluation track highlights programs and projects that strive to improve lifelong health through public health science, research, evaluation, and translation to practice. This track includes a mix of sessions describing results from completed projects, preliminary results from ongoing projects, and methodological reports.

    The Health Promotion & Communications track will focus on social norms change through health promotion, health education and communication strategies. Examples could include innovative social marketing efforts, use of technology to promote health, evolving health literacy, systems change that promotes health and well-being across the life span.

    2016 Summit Chair

    Jayne Andreen

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