Planning Process

Strategic Planning Session, May 2013

On May 30, 2013 a group of over thirty leaders and stakeholders met to learn about the burden of childhood obesity in Alaska, discussed the underlying forces at work, and together defined an initial list of strategies that can move Alaska in the right direction. The strategies developed during this meeting to improve the Six Indicators for Promoting Healthy Kids [link to strategic plan page] provided the basis for what became the four priority areas of the Strategic Plan.

For more of what was discussed at this planning session, please view the presentations below.

Presentation: “Steering Committee Meeting for Childhood Obesity Coalition.” Tanya Iden and Heidi Wailand, Agnew::Beck

Presentation: “The Burden of Childhood Obesity in Alaska.” Karol Fink, DHSS Obesity Prevention and Control Program.

Presentation: “Taking on Childhood Obesity in Alaska: School Grants Program.” Lauren Kelsey, DHSS Obesity Prevention and Control Program.

Presentation: “Addressing the Problem from Many Angles: Building a Community‐wide Campaign.” Ann Potempta, DHSS Obesity Prevention and Control Program.

Plan Revision, Summer 2013

Following the May 30 planning session, Agnew::Beck and Obesity Prevention and Control Program staff developed a draft plan document that reflected the values, goals and desired outcomes of the stakeholder group. A subset of the stakeholder group met in July to review the plan, discuss the four key priorities which emerged, and give feedback to be incorporated into the final document. The plan was completed and printed in August 2013.

AK Healthy Kids Summit, September 16-17, 2013

With a brand new plan and many ideas about how to implement it, the Alaska Alliance for Healthy Kids, in partnership with the Obesity Prevention and Control Program, held a two-day event in Anchorage, the Summit to Address Childhood Obesity in Alaska. Attendees came from across the state and from many different fields and perspectives, all focused on addressing the issue of childhood obesity. The key outcome of the Summit was the creation of action plans for each of the four priorities, developed by Summit participants over the course of two days. These action plans have since been refined by the workgroups that were formed to address the four priorities, and will continue to be implemented in the next three years.