Space is available on these dates on a first come first serve basis. Contact for more information.
Back in the Closet! The Unfortunate Choice for LGBT Elders
Saturday, January 25, 2014 | 8:30 AM | Endeavor Room
Presenter(s): Ken Helander, MA, Advocacy Director, AARP Alaska; Ken Helander, MA, Advocacy Director, AARP Alaska; Drew Phoenix ,Identity, Inc.; Julie Schmidt, Identity, Inc.; Vicky Green, Veterans Administration
Who are LGBT elders? How many of them are there? Where do they live? What do they want and need? The answer to these questions is all too standard — ‘Nobody knows.’ The reason is that nobody asks…there are no questions on census forms, admission forms, intake forms, assessment forms, application forms. The result is that there is a hidden (sometimes closeted) population that is five times less likely to access senior services as they grow older, twice as likely to live alone, four times les likely to have family support, and often at increased risk of poverty, social isolation, depression, and self-neglect. This session will shine a light into the closet and reveal the compelling stories of courage and survival that are the culmination of lives lived with great caution. More importantly, the session will help all of us to be better equipped as health care providers to competently serve this ‘invisible’ part of our community.(By invitation only.) Additional information by contacting Ken Helander at .
Strategic Advisory Group, hosted by the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies, University of Alaska Anchorage (by invitation)
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | 5:30 PM | Club Room II
The Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies (ICHS) at the University of Alaska Anchorage will convene a Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) during the 2014 Health Summit. Consisting of local research partners and collaborators, the SAGE advises the ICHS on research initiatives and technical matters relating to the promotion of public health in Alaska and throughout the circumpolar region. The ICHS issues an annual report in the early spring that provides state legislators a clear picture of the public health concerns identified by SAGE members. (By invitation only.) Contact: David Driscoll, .
The 4th Annual Alaskan Rural Water and Sanitation Workshop: The future of “Washeterias” in Alaska
Thursday, January 30, 2014 | 8:30 AM – 5 PM | Quarter Deck
Presenter(s): Representatives from academia, Alaska Native Organizations, and officials from federal, state, and local government
This workshop will focus on water and sanitation issues in rural Alaska with a specific focus on “washeterias*” with central watering points (sometimes referred to as “central facilities”). Washeterias in Alaskan villages are aging. Moving into the future, input from local residents on how they would like these facilities to look and function and recommendations from engineers and health specialists on how these buildings can be best designed to promote health and fit user needs are critical to better serve the villages of Alaska and improve public health in the community. The main objective of the workshop will be to gather information from participants on the topics listed above to be used in a “best practices” document for future washeteria design, construction and use. There will be a morning presentation session and afternoon breakout sessions.
Sponsors: US Arctic Research Commission and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Contact: Barb at 907-450-2462 or go online.
Space limited to 40 participants
*A “washeteria” in rural Alaska is a public facility that is centrally located and equipped with washers, dryers, showers and toilets. Typically, a washeteria is combined with a water treatment facility into one building with each facility separate from the other and provides a watering point (dispenser or fill station) on the outside of the building.
Health Improvement through Community Ownership: Mobilizing Action through Partnerships and Planning
Thursday, January 30, 2014 | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM | Club Room I
Presenter(s): Jayne Andreen, Community Health Promotion and Development, Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Health Planning & Systems Development
Register by January 17, 2014 / Register here.
With increased emphasis under the Affordable Care Act on prevention and community ownership, public health has an excellent opportunity to work across communities to improve health. MAPP is a community-driven strategic planning tool for improving community health. Facilitated by public health leaders, MAPP helps communities apply strategic thinking to prioritize public health issues and identify resources to address them. MAPP is an interactive process that can improve efficiency, effectiveness, and performance of local public health systems. This one-day training will provide an overview of the MAPP framework, as well as provide information on the national and state resources available to help communities complete a MAPP process. Contact Jayne Andreen at .