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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...

October 16, 2017

SITKA, Alaska (Oct. 15, 2017) — Starting a series of trauma-informed community conversations and reducing Sitka’s carbon emissions were the theme as Sitka residents gathered to choose two community wellness projects to pursue in 2017-18 at the 11th annual Sitka Health Summit Oct. 11-13, at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus.

This year, the summit featured Justin Rivas, MPH, MIPA, of the University of Wisconsin Popu...

October 4, 2017

The 11th annual Sitka Health Summit will be October 11-13 at various locations around Sitka.

Justin Rivas, MPH, MIPA, from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute will be leading two workshops and then providing facilitation for the planning days. All the events are free and open to the public.

The summit opens with the boundary spanning leadership workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon, on Wednesday, Oct. 11, in Room...

September 18, 2017

The 2017 Sitka Health Summit "Planning Day" is incorporating multiple opportunities for community members to come together and learn more about health and health equity. This years process will start on October 11 with a presentation on "Health Equity and Race" presented by our Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Coach, Justin Rivas. This program is open to the public and will be held at the Sitka Public Library from 6:30...

February 3, 2017

The Sitka Health Summit (SHS) Coalition has been selected to move onto the next stage of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize. Out of 210 communities to originally apply, Sitka is one of 37 to advanced to the second round.

As a part of the second phase, it is required to submit a 4-minute video sharing how the community supports health and well-being of it's citizens.

Excellent job, Sitkans! 

October 24, 2016

Healthy nutritious local food was the theme as about 75 Sitka residents gathered to choose two community wellness projects to pursue in 2016-17 at the 10th annual Sitka Health Summit planning day Friday, Oct. 21, at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus.

The citizen planners chose one specific topic project (which can be finished in one year) and one broad topic (which may become a multi-year project). Identifying, de...

October 7, 2016

What inspiring wellness initiatives deserve Sitka’s attention in the next 365 days?

Sitkans are invited to the 10th Annual Sitka Health Summit Planning on Friday, Oct.21, from 8:30 am to 4 pm at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus, Room 229. 

The purpose of the planning day is to fairly select two inspiring health goals. The new goals will get $2,000 in start-up up funds plus support from the Health Summit...

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