PUBLISHED: 3:09 PM on Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Sitka Health Summit dinner location changed
SITKA - The location for the second annual Sitka Health Summit community dinner has been changed. The dinner now takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

Tickets for the community dinner still need to be purchased by Monday, May 12, to insure we have enough food for everybody. The halibut dinner costs $5, and tickets are available at six locations around Sitka - Old Harbor Books, White's Pharmacy, Hames Athletic and Wellness Center, Murray Pacific, Spenard Builders Supply and the Sitka Tribe of Alaska main office building.

The guest speaker is Dan Burden, a nationally known expert on building healthier communities, who will give a keynote address about "What Makes a Healthy Community." There also will be a report about the state of Sitka's health, a progress report on the four main goals and priorities from the inaugural Sitka Health Summit, and community awards for individuals and groups in Sitka who serve as health role models and wellness champions.

Sitka residents also are invited to participate in the Next Steps: Community Planning Session, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 15. This event is open to all interested Sitka community members, and it is an opportunity to help set Sitka's health goals for 2008-09 and develop an action plan for meeting those goals. The agenda includes a presentation on the state of Sitka's health, a short progress report on the goals from the 2007 Sitka Health Summit, a presentation from Dan Burden on "How To Make A Healthy Community" and examples of how other communities achieved similar goals.

  Dan Burden
The Sitka Health Summit is brought to you by Sitka Community Hospital, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and the Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program. The 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 about the summit, contact Grace Brooks at 966-8865 or, or go to our Web site at