Judd Allen to speak at Sitka Health Summit

Posted: Sunday, April 05, 2009

SITKA - The guest speaker for the third annual Sitka Health Summit, "Working Together for a Healthier Sitka," will be Dr. Judd Allen, a nationally known expert on building cultures of health and wellness. Allen will speak about the importance of creating a culture of health; the elements of culture (including shared values, norms, value touch points, peer support and climate); and the role of leadership and peer support in bringing about culture change.

The Sitka Health Summit takes place from April 29 to May 1 at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Sitka residents are invited to attend two community events - the Sitka Health Summit Community Dinner on April 29 and the Next Steps: Community Planning Session on April 30.

Dr. Allen is the president of the Human Resources Institute, a research, publishing and consulting firm that focuses on the creation of supportive cultural environments. He teaches at Nebraska Methodist College and serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Health Promotion. Dr. Allen is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Wellness Institute and a trustee of Perhaps Kids Meeting Kids Will Make a Difference. He was a senior research analyst at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and served on the Vermont Governor's Council for Physical Fitness and Sports. To learn more about Dr. Allen's work, go to www.healthyculture.com/.

Doors open and the halibut dinner catered by the Alaskan Kitchen will be served at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday for the Sitka Health Summit Community Dinner. Meal tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children/students, and tickets are available at Old Harbor Books, White's Pharmacy and the main office building for Sitka Tribe of Alaska. In addition to Dr. Allen's keynote presentation, community awards will be given to individual and group wellness champions and healthy role models from Sitka.

A Community Planning Session will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. This event is open to all interested Sitka community members. This is an opportunity for community members to help set Sitka's health goals for 2009-10 and develop an action plan for meeting those goals. Dr. Allen also will give a presentation about how culture change can help communities meet their health and wellness goals.

For more information about the summit, contact Grace Brooks at 907-966-8865 or grace.brooks@searhc.org, or visit www.sitkahealthsummit.org/.

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