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News & Events

December 13, 2019

As part of the prize for winning a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture Of Health Award last month, the Sitka Health Summit Coalition received money to host a community celebration dinner. The dinner took place on Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Sheet'ká Kwáan Naa Kahídi, with guests receiving a dinner of local coho salmon, tofu, arugula salad, Alaska Flour Company barley cous cous (from Delta Junction), and a vegetable medley wit...

December 5, 2019

Congratulations! You, as a member of the Sitka community, are a winner of the 2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize. This prize recognizes communities working to build a culture of health for everyone. In particular, Sitka won because of our focus on reconciliation and historical trauma, our powerful community partnerships, and our commitment to supporting youth.

As an RWJF Culture of Health Prize winner,...

December 5, 2019

From left to right, Julie Morita, Chandler O’Connell, Vera Gibson, Tina Bachmeier, Holly Marban, Doug Osborne, Loyd Platson, and Sheri Johnson, on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize Celebration and Learning Event in Princeton, N.J., presenting and accepting Sitka, Alaska’s 2019 RWJF Culture of Health Prize award. Morita and Johnson are with the RWJF, while the six others are p...

November 24, 2019

When Sitka won a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health prize last week, it received $25,000 to spend on improving the culture of health in Sitka.

So how do we spend the money? The Sitka Health Summit Coalition wants to hear from you about what to do with the money. While $25,000 isn't a lot of money in the grand scheme of things, it can help kick-start a couple of projects, be leveraged for more money when we apply f...

November 15, 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...

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