Start the school year healthy and strong!

DHSS is working with the Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) and local communities on initiatives to support healthy students and in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year, including resources for organizations and individuals. Let's work together to end the pandemic, recover within our communities and promote health, well-being and resiliency among Alaska's youth.

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Bounce Back Alaska

DHSS is working with DEED, local schools and other community partners to promote youth and family back-to-school events that promote student health and resiliency including:

Download resources to help host an event

DHSS Public Health Nursing has developed a Bounce Back AK event playbook to help communities plan Bounce Back Alaska events aimed at supporting youth health and resiliency, and a strong start to the school year. For more information about the campaign, please contact sarah.hargrave@alaska.gov or valerie.mccarney@alaska.gov.

For more resiliency resources for parents, educators, youth and families, please visit the Bounce Back Alaska resources webpage.

Sleeves Up for School

DHSS promotes vaccinations for Alaska's youth and families through the Sleeves Up for School campaign.

To customize graphics and flyers for your community, please contact ellen.grover@alaska.gov. For State of Alaska assistance with promoting local events or to have public events added to the Sleeves Up Vaccine Events Calendar, please contact kate.robertson-bartel@alaska.gov.

You can find the events calendar and more information about COVID-19 vaccines at covidvax.alaska.gov.

Request a vaccination event or presentation

Schools, parent/teacher organizations, sporting organizations or other youth and family organizations can work with DHSS to request support for a COVID-19 vaccination event:

DHSS also has an immunization mascot, Izzy the sled dog, who is available for vaccination events. To request the Izzy mascot, please email immune@alaska.gov.

DHSS also provides vaccine presentation by health care professionals to groups upon request:

Community Toolkit

Visit our Sleeves Up for School and Bounce Back Alaska Toolkit webpage to download campaign materials including logos, social media graphics and banners, template flyers and more:

Sleeves Up and Bounce Back Materials for Schools/Youth

To order printed communications and event materials such as stickers or banners, please use our Sleeves Up for School/Bounce Back Alaska order form. Email the completed form to covid19@thompsonpr.com.

To customize materials for your community, please contact ellen.grover@alaska.gov. For general questions about these DHSS campaigns, please contact elizabeth.manning@alaska.gov.

Play Every Day

Play Every Day is a program with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services to help Alaska children grow up at a healthy weight and encourage families to be physically active and choose healthy drinks. Play Every Day is supporting the Bounce Back Alaska campaign with information about the importance of physical activity and healthy nutrition.

Visit the campaign's Facebook page, Instagram page or YouTube channel.

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