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


Health Summit Registration

Registration is still open if you would like to attend the AK Health Summit. 

There are two ways to register: email or fax the registration form by Friday, January 13th or register in person at the Summit.

2017 ALPHA Health Summit Registration Form

Health Summit Sessions

2017 AK Health Summit Program is available.

Information is available on Plenary Sessions and Speakers

Nursing Continuing Education Units

The Alaska Health Summit was approved as a continuing education activity by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The criteria for successful completion include attendance of at least 1 session. Credit will be provided for each completed session. Attendance at the entire conference is not required for nursing contact hours. The maximum number of contact hours is 18.25.

Pre & Post Summit Offerings

Monday Jan 16th 1pm-5pm – Connecting with Data and 2nd Annual Scientific Advisory
“Connecting with Data” is geared toward public health professionals, health advocacy organizations, and individuals requiring health data.  Data stewards will describe updates on the content of some of the 30+ public health data sources. This year’s session will include updates on database system improvements, highlights on the AK-IBIS indicators and reporting components, introduction to new processes and ways to visualize data, and gather information from our “data end users” to help set this year’s priorities.  The final hour will be devoted to data needs, identifying data gaps, and gather feedback to help direct and prioritize improvements.

Hosted by Alaska Division of Public Health, Deborah Hull-Jilly, and Charles Utermohle,



Wednesday Jan 18th 5pm–6:30 pm – Governor’s Housing Summit Anniversary Update
The Governor’s Housing Summit took place in January 2015, which brought together an unprecedented number of Alaskans from across our state to seek solutions to our most pressing housing needs. Topics ranged from Housing Affordability in Rural Alaska to Innovative Funding for Housing Investments to Senior Housing Needs to Veterans and Alaskans Experiencing Homelessness.  Please join us as we give an update on the work done in the past year, as state agencies, nonprofits, and the community at large continue to collaborate to keep our various housing needs a top priority.  A special presentation will be given on housing as a social determinant of health.

Hosted by Office of Governor Bill Walker, contact: Rev. Elizabeth Schultz,



Wednesday Jan 18th 7pm–8:30pmFilm screening of  “Generation Found”

From the creators of the groundbreaking film, THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE, comes GENERATION FOUND, a powerful story about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown. Devastated by an epidemic of addiction, Houston faced the reality of burying and locking up its young people at an alarming rate. GENERATION FOUND takes an unprecedented and intimate look at how a system of treatment centers, sober high schools, alternative peer groups, and collegiate recovery programs can exist in concert to intervene early and provide a real and tested long-term alternative to the “War on Drugs.”

Hosted by Kim Whitaker, Founder of REAL about Addictions.


Cancelled: Friday Jan 20th 8am-1pm – Prevention Drug Overdose-Data Driven Prevention Initiative

The Prescription Drug Overdose-Data Driven Prevention Initiative Stakeholders Meeting is the initial closed meeting for all PDO-DDPI grant participants and other invited PDO-DDPI stakeholders to receive key program information and learn about current data collection on prescription drug overdoses. The primary goal of the PDO-DDPI Stakeholder’s Meeting is to initiate and prioritize a strategic state wide plan addressing prescription drug overdose in addition to identifying key roles of participants in the plan.

Hosted by Alaska Division of Public Health, Michael Dickey,



Friday Jan 20th 8am-5pm7th Annual Water and Sanitation Innovations for Arctic Workshop: Climate Change, Water and Health

The workshop on water, climate, and health will focus on planning an evaluation of Alaskan rural water and sanitation infrastructure considered “at risk” from climate change. This will include planning for: an assets inventory of pertinent water and sanitation infrastructure; an identification of key vulnerability points; and an assessment of the cost of system decline or failure. Workshop participants will also discuss the use of these data to anticipate potential associated human health impacts and response strategies.

Hosted by US Arctic Research Commission, CDC, Cheryl Rosa,



Cancelled: Friday Jan 20th 8:30am-5pm – Running Effective Meetings

The Alaska Public Health Association is offering a 1-day, post-summit workshop on how to run effective meetings on Friday, January 20, from 8:30 – 5:00.  Jayne Andreen will lead this interactive workshop that covers information on how to focus the agenda for best results, as well as how to move a group through discussion to decision-making to follow-through.  Participants will receive a copy of “Great Meetings, Great Results” by Dee Kelsey and Pam Plumb.  Registration is $100, with proceedings supporting the Alaska Public Health Association.  Attendance is limited to 30 people, so early registration is encouraged.

Hosted by Jayne Andreen, Email Susan Pruitt () or call 907-450-2488 to register.



Friday Jan 20th 1:30pm-3:30pm – Understanding Social Security Benefits
Come and learn more about Retirement, Disability, Survivors, Medicare, Spousal benefits, Medicare and SSI. When to file?  How to file?  What can you do online?  Did you know that your individual my Social Security Account is available online whenever you need it. Come and find out more about this or register your social security account at Social Security touches most everyone at some point in their life. Social Security is with you through life’s journey.

Hosted by Robin Schmidt, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist for the State of Alaska, 


    • AARP Alaska
    • Alaska Comprehensive Cancer Partnership
    • Alaska eHealth Network
    • Alaska INBRE
    • Alaska Native Epidemiology Center, ANTHC
    • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC)
    • Alaska Obesity Prevention & Control Program, AK, DHSS
    • American Society for Circumpolar Health
    • Breast & Cervical Health Check
    • Center for Human Development, UAA
    • Department of Health Sciences, UAA
    • Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), National Health Service Corps (NHSC)
    • Healthy Alaskans 2020
    • Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies, UAA
    • Make-A-Wish Alaska & Washington
    • Mat-Su Health Foundation
    • National Network of Libraries of Medicine
    • North Star Behavioral Hospital
    • Provo Canyon School
    • Southern New Hampshire Graduate Program in Clinical MH Counseling
    • Women’s, Children’s and Family Health, Division of Public Health, AK, DHSS



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