Register Now for ACS CAN Alaska's 2019 Policy Forum & Community Engagement Event

School Policies as Cancer Prevention: Healthy Eating & Physical Activity
2019 ACS CAN Alaska 6th Annual Policy Forum & Luncheon
September 25, 2019
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Megan Room—6591 A Street, Anchorage, Alaska

  • Policy Forum Panel Discussion -- 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Networking Time -- 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Keynote/Recognition Luncheon -- 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

This event brings together community leaders from the medical, business, and education sectors as well as elected officials and staff.

The format will be an expert panel discussion followed by a luncheon celebrating our policy successes and the partners who made them possible.

The goal is to learn about local successes and identify what we can do next as Alaskans to reduce the effects of chronic disease on our economy and health care system.

Why Healthy Eating and Active Living?

After tobacco use, diet and physical activity are the leading risk factors for cancer in our country. In fact, up to one third of cancer deaths in the US can be attributed to poor diet, physical inactivity, and excess weight.

Policy solutions focus on changing systems within our communities to help turn healthy choices into easy choices.

Join us to address questions such as:

  • How does healthy eating and active living affect our community?
  • What progress have we made?
  • What systems and infrastructure still need to change?
  • How can we better support kids and their families?
  • How can we get kids off on the right foot?



Katie Cueva, ScD MAT MPH
UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research
Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar
CDC Fellow

Dr. Cueva’s presentation will cover the connection between nutrition and physical activity and risk for cancer, including her research on actual causes of cancer and preventable death specific to Alaska.

Carey Carpenter
Ms. Carpenter is the mother of two Anchorage School District (ASD) students. She will discuss the ASD60 initiative to ensure every child has 60 minutes of recess and time to eat each day. Efforts to date resulted in 22 schools participating in a pilot project to achieve this goal.

Melanie Sutton
Curriculum Coordinator, Health & Physical Education, K-12
Anchorage School District

Ms. Sutton supports schools in setting and implementing physical education (PE), physical activity (PA), health, and nutrition standards district wide. Ms. Sutton will explain the difference between PE and PA, and why both are critical to student learning and growth. She will cover the district’s recent successes and how a range of initiatives are tackling ongoing challenges.

Dana Diehl
Wellness & Prevention Director
Alaska Native Health Consortium (ANTHC)

Ms. Diehl will discuss translating physical activity and nutrition goals into rural Alaska, drawing on cultural strengths and overcoming weather and infrastructure challenges.

Luncheon Keynote

Ward Hurlburt, MD

  • Alaska State Chief Medical Officer and Division of Public Health Director 
  • Chief Medical Officer and Office of Health Programs Director, Indian Health Service (national)
  • Assistant Surgeon General, Rear Admiral, US Public Health Service

Current consultant on managed care opportunities and implementation.

Dr. Hurlburt's extensive career accomplishments consistently reflect his commitment to evidence-based practice and policy. He will share highlights from his experience observing population health changes and championing initiatives to support the health of all Alaskans.

Please register today to help ensure we have enough seats and food for everyone.

If you have any trouble submitting your registration, please email [email protected].