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Sitka Health Summit picks two priority projects


The Sitka Health Summit community planning day on Friday, Sept. 27, at Sweetland Hall on the Sheldon Jackson Campus in Sitka.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Sitka Health Summit

SITKA, Sept. 29, 2013 — Sitka residents want to create a task force to combat meth and other drugs in Sitka, and to start a Sitka food hub that can provide emergency food storage for the community while also serving as a food bank. 

Those were the two community health priority projects Sitka residents chose to work on this next year when they met during the Sitka Health Summit’s community planning meeting on Friday, Sept. 27, at Sweetland Hall on the Sheldon Jackson Campus. Sitka residents chose these two projects out of dozens of brain-stormed ideas, and each project will have $1,500 of seed money from the summit’s 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, group leaders may change after the first meetings) listed below to find out more information. These meetings are free and open to the public.

  • Sitka Food Hub, Marjorie Hennessy, 747-7509, marjorie@sitkawild.org, first meeting at 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Harrigan Centennial Hall.
  • Together For a Meth-Free Sitka, Phil Burdick, 738-3945, phee67@gmail.com, first meeting at 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Sitka Fire Hall meeting room (pizza provided before meeting).

The seventh annual Sitka Health Summit features four events over two weeks. It opened with the Sitka Community Health Fair on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Sweetland Hall, an event where Sitka residents could have basic medical tests done, learn about health and wellness opportunities in Sitka, and more. On Monday, Sept. 23, at Kettleson Memorial Library, there was a lunch-and-learn, “Whistle While You Walk,”  with Dr. Don Lehmann (a local physician and sports medicine specialist) and Brian Hansen of Sitka Trail Works. The all-day Sitka Community Planning Day: Selecting Sitka’s Wellness Goals took place on Friday, Sept. 27, at Sweetland Hall. The Sitka Health Summit will conclude at the Monthly Grind on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Sheet’ká Kwáan Naa Kahídi when community wellness champion awards will be presented.

The Sitka Health Summit is brought to you by Sitka Community Hospital, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), Alaska Communications, State of Alaska Division of Public Health Nursing, and the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus. 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.” For more information, call Doug Osborne at 966-8734, or go to our website at http://www.sitkahealthsummitak.org/.

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