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Patrick Sidmore
Phone: (907) 465-2768


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Virtual event happening February 17 and 24, 2021

Alaska School Health & Wellness Institute is pivoting to online trainings for 2021

Schools play a critical role in helping Alaska youth learn the tools and receive the help they need to create healthy, happy, successful lives. School health is a comprehensive multi-component approach for addressing the physical, emotional and mental health needs of students and staff - including nutrition, physical activity, school and student safety, staff wellness, healthy relationships, school climate and connectedness and many others.

Registration for this year’s School Health and Wellness Institute titled, “School Health and Wellness in the Time of COVID-19” is open!

  • Dates: February 17, 2021 and February 24, 2021
  • Times: 8:00 a. m. to Noon
  • Costs: Free
  • Delivery Method: Virtual

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The SHWI training was established in 2005 by the Department of Education & Early Development and the School Health program in the Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health. It initially focused on the development of school wellness teams and policies and has since grown much larger in scope and attendance, addressing many new emerging school health and safety topics while providing important professional development opportunities for school staff. This year the virtual format will make the sessions more readily available to those who in a “normal” year could not travel.

We welcome teachers, parents, school nurses, counselors, school administrators and staff, school board members, school nutrition staff, and others who work with schools interested in learning to cultivate healthier and more successful students.


The School Health ECHO sessions are ongoing:

School Health ECHO sessions
Every Monday, 3-4pm
Click to register for the School Health ECHO


Patrick Sidmore
Patrick Sidmore​​
Healthy Schools Specialist
Dept. of Health and Social Services

Kami Moore
Kami Moore
Health and Safety Program Coordinator II
Dept. of Education & Early Development

The Institute is provided by the Division of Public Health in partnership with the Department of Education and Early Development.
Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Alaska Division of Public Health

Webpage updated January 2021