Consortium, others host community health policy conference

Posted: Sunday, July 05, 2009

JUNEAU — The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska and WISEWOMAN Women’s Health programs are teaming up with the Alaska Division of Public Health and Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska to offer a community health policy conference Aug. 12-14 at Centennial Hall in Juneau. You must register by Saturday, July 11, in order to attend this conference.

The conference, “Motivate. Engage. Change: Harnessing the Power of Policy,” will provide participants with the tools needed to help their workplaces, schools and communities become models of healthier living. Through policies — such as clean indoor air, school nutrition/vending machine, bicycle helmet and healthy food for business meeting policies — it is possible to create sustainable change that helps people live healthier lives. The conference

teaches participants how to harness the power of policy through the use of interactive sessions, thought-provoking speakers, opportunities to share innovative solutions and learning how to tell your story.

There is no registration fee for the conference, but attendance is limited to the first 100 participants to register, using a first-come, first-served basis.

Those encouraged to attend include people who work with grass roots groups and coalitions, individuals who work with organizations and systems that promote change, volunteer or non-profit health educators and community advocates, tribal representatives and health program staff. A limited number of travel scholarships are available based on need.

For more information about the conference and to learn about travel scholarships, contact SEARHC Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska Program Grant Manager Grace Brooks at 907-966-8865 or More information about the conference and registration forms are available online at doc.asp?id=6131, which is the site for the Sacramento Calif.-based Center for Health Improvement, a national, independent non-profit organization dedicated to improving population health and encouraging healthy behaviors.

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