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Community Picks Health Goals at Sitka Health Summit


SITKA, Oct. 7, 2010 — Sitka residents want to plant 200 apple or other fruit trees in town, get Sitka schools to serve more locally caught fish, paint a Sitka Choose Respect mural for domestic violence awareness and prevention, and support projects and programs that encourage people (especially kids and families) to get outside more often for recreation.

Those were the four community health priorities Sitka residents chose to work on this next year when they met during the Sitka Health Summit’s “Planning Day: Real Ideas Into Action” community planning meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Sitka residents chose these four projects out of about two dozen suggested priorities, and each project will have a task force and a little bit of seed money from the summit’s new Health Initiatives Fund to start working on meeting the health goals.

The groups working on each project are setting up their first meetings and getting their contact lists together, and Sitka residents who want to participate are welcome to contact the interim group leaders (through the group’s first meetings) listed below to find out more information.

The fourth annual Sitka Health Summit took place on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 4-5, at Harrigan Centennial Hall. In addition to Tuesday’s community planning meeting, The Sitka Health Summit opened with a Community Dessert and Awards Ceremony on Monday night that featured a keynote speech from Julien Naylor, MD, MPH, an internal medicine/diabetes specialist at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, and the presentation of a series of community wellness awards. In addition to Tuesday’s community planning meeting, there also was a health resources room where people could learn about what programs are available in Sitka.

The Sitka Health Summit’s vision is “to serve our great state as a model for community wellness by creating a healthy community where all Sitkans strive for and enjoy a high quality of life.” The Sitka Health Summit is brought to you by Sitka Community Hospital and SEARHC, with major financial help from Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, the City and Borough of Sitka, Scott Insurance Services, White’s Inc./Harry Race Pharmacy/White’s Pharmacy and the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus.

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