Get Involved

What is the coalition?

The Alaska Alliance for Healthy Kids is a statewide group representing public, private, non-profit organizations and communities who collaborate to champion strategies to reduce childhood obesity and promote healthy choices for children. The Childhood Obesity Strategic Plan guides our work to make policy and systems change that create an environment where children grow up strong and healthy.

Why should I become a member?

It will take all of us to measurably improve kids’ health and reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity. Together we can turn the curve on this issue.

Membership offers many benefits:

  • Get active: Sign on to participate in work groups charged with guiding the implementation of issue-specific strategies
  • Stay informed: We will send out periodic updates about statewide efforts to combat childhood obesity.
  • Make a difference: Help set Alaska’s kids on a path to a lifetime of health and success

How can I be a part of the work?


The workgroups are the implementation teams for the Strategic Plan, each focused around one of the four priorities and following an action plan developed to promote positive change in each area. Learn more about the workgroups below, find out when they meet and who you should contact to join one!

Priority 1 Workgroup: Comprehensive Physical & Health Education in Schools

Read the Priority 1 Action Plan

Monthly teleconference meeting on the fourth Thursday of the month, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Call 1 (800) 791-2345, code 61805#

Contact Wendy Hamilton for more information

Priority 2 Workgroup: Healthcare Screening & Providers

Read the Priority 2 Action Plan

Regular teleconference meeting, next meeting is Wednesday, May 7th, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Call 1 (800) 791-2345, code 40850#

Contact Karol Fink for more information

Priority 3 Workgroup: Access to Healthy Opportunities

Read the Priority 3 Action Plan

Background information on this priority and its focus areas

Breastfeeding Workgroup
Regular teleconference meeting, next meeting is Friday, April 11th at 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Join us in person at the Frontier Building, 3601 C Street, Suite 722, Anchorage
Call 1 (800) 791-2345, code 78421#

Contact Diane Peck for more information

Priority 4: Educate the Public Using Social Marketing Strategies

This priority is not a standalone activity, but a way to make positive change by promoting healthy schools, healthcare and communities through social marketing. The Alaska Alliance for Healthy Kids supports Play Every Day, a social marketing campaign produced by the Alaska Obesity Prevention and Control Program and Healthy Futures.

Contact Ann Potempa for more information

Steering Committee

The steering committee is the governing body of the Alaska Alliance for Healthy Kids. The steering committee is comprised of dedicated, forward-thinking individuals and representatives from partner organizations who collectively guide the organization and its workgroups as they implement the Strategic Plan, provide direction and leadership for the alliance as a whole, and ensure that the alliance becomes a strong and respected voice in promoting healthy Alaska kids.

The steering committee meets as needed to oversee the workgroups and provide direction for the coalition as a whole. Contact us if you are interested in serving on the steering committee!

Partner Organizations

The following organizations include those represented on the steering committee:

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services
Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
Alaska Department of National Resources
Anchorage School District
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Alaska Center for Pediatrics
American Cancer Society
All Alaska Pediatric Partnership
City of Barrow
NANA Nordic (Alaska Pacific University)
Healthy Futures / Alaska Sports Hall of Fame
Providence Alaska Medical Center
Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
United States Forest Service
United Way of Anchorage
University of Alaska, Anchorage & Fairbanks