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Alaska School Health & Wellness Institute (AKSHWI) Banner 2019 AKSHWI Dates - Oct 28-30



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Wendy Hamilton
School Health Program Manager
Phone: (907) 465-2768


​PRECONFERENCES - Monday, October 28, 2019

​ 8:00am-8:30am Registration

Fourth R Healthy Relationships Curriculum Training (Preregistration Only)
​Kami ​Moore
The Fourth R (R=Relationships) is an evidence-based comprehensive health education curriculum that focuses on healthy relationships and decision-making relevant to adolescents to reduce violence and many of today’s risk behaviors.

Coaching Boys Into Me​n (CBIM) (Preregistration Only)
Brian Hosken, BEd, MEd, EdS​
CBIM is an evidence-based violence prevention program being implemented in high schools across Alaska. This presentation will provide technical assistance to recently trained coaches and provide ongoing support to actively participating coaches.

Student Health and Academic Achievement (1801 Grantees) Support Meeting (Preregistration Only)
Cyde Coil, BS, Lauren Kelsey, MPH
Learn about the requirements of the 1801 grant and the resources to help make your district thrive through nutrition, physical activity and management of chronic conditions in schools.


Teen Speak: Adolescent Focused Motivational Interviewing (Preregistration Only – online learning assignments required – contact Jenny at 269-4517 for details. Limit 20.)
Jenny Baker

Social Emotional Learning – What does It Mean? (title pending)
Michelle Byer, Heather Coulehan
 12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch

No Fear! Chronic Disease Management is Here!
Barb Pennington

The 15 Characteristics of Effective Health Education Curriculum
Susan Telljohann

Secure Your Own Oxygen Mask First: Avoiding Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue with Mindfulness
Wendy DeGraffenried, BSN, RN, NCSN

BREAKOUT SESSIONS - Tuesday, October 29, 2019

​ 8:00am-8:30am
Mental Health Advocacy Through Storytelling (MHATS): NAMI Anchorage Teen Advocacy Group (title pending)
Jason Lessard
E-cigarettes, Vaping and JUUL: Prevention and Intervention Tools
Ashley Peltier, American Lung Association Alaska
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School Wellness Policies: Student Nutrition and Physical Activity Supports for Success
Cyde Coil, BS, Lauren Kelsey, MPH
Come learn about strategies and resources for improving your school wellness policy including how you can use the WellSAT online tool and Alaska’s annual report checklist to assess the strength and implementation of your policy.
 9:30am-9:45am Break​
The Crucial Role of Community in the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model
Sean Slade

Supercharging Your Lessons to Engage Your Students
Susan Telljohann
​  CSPAP: Not Your Grandma’s Sleeping Machine
Cyde Coil
A Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) is a multi-component approach that school districts and schools can implement to utilize all opportunities for students to be physically active for the nationally-recommended 60 minutes a day. Students can then develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime.
 10:45am-11:00am Break​
Preventing Teen Dating Violence through the Alaska Safe Children’s Act: Grades 7-12
Kami Moore, MPH
​  Expanding Healthy Eating & Physical Activity during Out-of-School Time Thomas Azzarella
Youth Marijuana Use Prevention: Data to Action
Eliza Muse, Jessica Filley
 12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch - On your own
Signs, Symptoms and Treatment of Depression and Anxiety in Adolescents (title pending)
Deb Haynes
​  Relationship Building for Family and Community Engagement
Patrick Sidmore, Claudia Plesa
Suicide Prevention in Rural Alaska (title pending)
Sarah Peterson, Carrie Rowland
 2:45pm-3:00pm Break​
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Trauma Informed School Practices
Patrick Sidmore, Claudia Plesa

Alaska’s Internet Crimes Against Children and Internet Safety
Anchorage Police Department 

PLENARY SESSIONS - Wednesday, October 30, 2019

 8:00am-8:30am Registration
Health and Education are Symbiotic
Sean Slade
 9:45am-10:00am Break​
Youth Health Behaviors and School Policies: Findings from the YRBS and School Health Profiles
Andrea Fenaughty
This presentation will provide a summary of results from two data sources that tell us about Alaska youth and their school environments: the School Health Profiles and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Highlights will include: promising and worrying trends, and alignment between adolescent risk behavior and school policies and practices.
 11:00am-11:15am Break​

School Health Success Stories
 12:15pm-1:30pm Lunch - On your own
Enhancing Resilience Through Mindfulness for Students & Educators
Gary Ferguson
 2:45pm-3:00pm Break​

Suicide Prevention (title pending)
Leah VanKirk, Eric Boyer

Educational or instructional materials referenced during presentations at the Alaska School Health and Wellness Institute are for informational purposes only. Presenters' references to these materials do not constitute endorsement by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development or the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Any statements expressed are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views of the State of Alaska, or the event sponsors.

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