Help celebrate Sitka's RWJF Culture of Health Award with two December events

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 part of the Sitka Health Summit Coalition. Copyright 2019 Flynn Larsen. Photo courtesy of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The Sitka Health Summit Coalition will host a celebratory dinner in recognition of Sitka being recognized as a 2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Award recipient.

The free public event will go from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Sheet'ká Kwáan Naa Kahídi. Dinner will be provided to the first 120 in attendance and the door prize is a pair of bicycles. Please RSVP to the dinner by contacting Chandler O'Connell by Monday, Dec. 9, at or calling 747-7509.

On Friday Dec. 13, the public is invited to a brown-bag lunch-and-learn event, followed by a planning session to brainstorm ways for spending the $25,000 cash prize. The lunch and learn goes from noon to 1 p.m. and features speaker Kalpana Ramiah, who is the Vice President of Innovations from America's Essential Hospitals. The planning session is from 1-4:30 p.m. Both events will be in Room 229 at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus.

For more information, go to,, or call Doug Osborne at 738-8734.

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