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November 12, 2019

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recognizes Sitka for bringing partners together to create lasting change

SITKA, Alaska (Nov. 12, 2019) — Sitka is one of five winners of the 2019 RWJF Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Prize honors and elevates communities for working at the forefront of advancing health, opportunity, and equity. Sitka is being nationally recognized for pursuing innovative...

November 10, 2019

The Sitka Community Playground, which opened in July 2018 and was a 2015 Sitka Health Summit community wellness project, recently won a facility excellence award from the Alaska Recreation and Parks Association. The playground is located on Lincoln Street, next to the Sitka Sound Science Center and the Sitka tennis courts.

The playground, the first one in Sitka that is American Disabilities Act compliant, cost about $1 million...

November 1, 2019

Back in March, Sitka was selected as one of the 12 finalist communities in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health competition. The awards should be announced later in November. The RWJF sent a crew to Sitka in August for a site visit, plus we've had to submit a variety of items detailing how Sitka has created and improved its culture of health.

Watch this space to hear how we do.

Here is a link to the essay Sitka s...

September 21, 2019

As part of the Supporting Seniors In Sitka community wellness project, a new copy of the Sitka Community Resources booklet has been updated and made available.

Thanks to the efforts of Tamara Walsh of Center for Community and Rev. Julie Platson of St. Peter's By The Sea Episcopal Church for making this happen. If you see anything that needs to be corrected, please contact Tamara at 

You can download a PDF copy of...

September 16, 2019

One of the two community wellness projects from the 2018 Sitka Health Summit was to expand services and housing options for seniors in Sitka.

As part of the project, the Elders Advocacy Group hosted a presentation on Thursday, Sept. 12, about how to improve the continuum of care for seniors, featuring guest speaker Erin Walker-Tolles of Catholic Community Services in Juneau. In addition to Walker-Tolles' presentation, the meeti...

August 29, 2019

One of the two 2018 Sitka Health Summit community wellness goals was to build a safe place for teens/teen center. That came to pass on Saturday, Aug. 24, with the grand opening of Sitka's The Cloud teen center, which is located on Harbor Drive next to Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop.

The Cloud, which is open to Sitka residents ages 13-19, will be managed by Youth Advocates of Sitka, which helped obtain grant funding to pay the rent an...

March 7, 2019

Community Improvement Efforts Recognized as Sitka Advances in Prize Selection Process

SITKA, Alaska, (March 6, 2019) – The Sitka Heath Summit Coalition is proud to announce that our community is a finalist for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize. Sitka is just one step away from the national Prize, which honors communities that are bringing partners together around a shared commitment to health, opportuni...

October 7, 2018

Helping teens and elders were the themes as Sitka residents gathered to choose two community wellness projects to pursue in 2018-19 at the 12th annual Sitka Health Summit planning day held Thursday, Oct. 4, at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus.

There were about 50 initial projects proposed, in a variety of categories, such as physical activity, nutrition, mental health, health equity, etc. The project proposals we...

October 2, 2018

The 12th annual Sitka Health Summit planning day is planned for 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, in Room 229 on the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus. All ideas and people are welcome, and lunch is provided.

Participants will brainstorm, evaluate and select two community wellness goals to pursue over the next year, and then plan steps to launch the new initiatives. The two chosen community wellness goals wi...

October 31, 2017

Are you familiar with the Sitka History Minute, which airs on KCAW-Raven Radio, Sitka's community public radio station? The weekly program is produced by Hal Spackman of the Sitka Historical Society.

You might check out Episode 57, which features the history of the Sitka Health Summit. The episode discusses how the leaders of the Sitka Community Hospital and SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) got together with...

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