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The AKAND Annual Summit will be held over five virtual, weekly speaker sessions starting April 27. 

The 2021 Annual Summit is FREE to all AKAND members.

We have lots of great prizes this year, but you must be present to win!


Note: You must register for each session separately.


APRIL 27, 6:00 PM

​Session Title New Approaches to Allergy Management

Session Description Attendees will learn how to

  • Empower community pediatricians to improve and standardize diagnosis of allergic conditions

  • Elevate allergy management from short-term relief to long-term comprehensive management

  • Understand the importance of earlier intervention to support lifelong health

  • Enhance awareness of the role of probiotics in supporting nutrition for infants


Speaker Dr. Jennifer Lightdale, Mead Johnson

Speaker Bio Dr. Lightdale is a Professor of Pediatrics and Chief Quality Officer in the Department of Pediatrics at the UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Lightdale specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. After completing medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco.

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Enter Event Code 26853

Session Resources Check out these links for helpful resources for parents, families, and professionals!

Resources For Asthma and Allergies

Parent Resources

Alaska Chapter of Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)

​​Safe Eats® Allergy-Friendly Recipes

Resources and Handouts For Professionals and Families

MAY 4, 6:00 PM

Session Title Seafood! More Than Just a Summer Catch

Session Description As Alaskans, we think we know seafood. Fishing is a favorite pastime and the seafood industry is the largest private sector employer in Alaska, but do you know just how important it is to eat a healthy and sustainable diet year round? Join us to learn more about the new seafood recommendations in the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines and talk with a local RD about incorporating seafood into active Alaska lifestyles. Find out more from an Alaska harvester about the Alaska industry that conveniently brings this world-class protein to market. We will also enjoy a creative family cooking demo featuring a local fisherman and RD. When adding seafood to your family meals, everyone can benefit from the nutrition it provides. Join us as we 'catch' up on all things seafood!


Speakers Nelly Hand, Lexi Hackett, RD; Kari Natwick, RDN, IFNCP; & Jessica Miller, RD, Seafood Partnership

About the Speakers Nelly Hand grew up commercial salmon fishing with her family in the coastal community of Cordova, Alaska. Her love for a good meal and the story behind it has inspired her to continue living and working close to wild fisheries. She works every summer in Alaska operating a small fishing boat and running a sea-to-table business called Drifters Fish.

Kari Natwick is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and an Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner (IFNCP) serving individuals who struggle with chronic digestive complaints such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea, gas, reflux, and abdominal pain. These symptoms often accompany a diagnosis of digestive disorders such as IBS, SIBO, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac Disease, GERD, and Eosinophilic Esophagitis. She also serves individuals who struggle with disordered eating and Binge Eating Disorder through the incorporation of intuitive eating principles and mindfulness-based techniques.


Jessica Miller is the Nutrition Communications Manager at Seafood Nutrition Partnership. She has worked previously in various health care settings, from diabetes education to dialysis centers. Jessica also spent several years in retail dietetics and as a grocery buyer for natural/organic and specialty foods.  


Lexi Hackett is a lifelong Alaskan, commercial fisherman, direct marketer, and registered dietitian.

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MAY 11, 6:00 PM

Session Title The Future Graduate Program at UAA: What It Is and How It Will Impact Dietetics in Alaska

Session Description Dr. Carrie King, Professor of Dietetics and Nutrition at the University of Alaska, will discuss the new Future Graduate Program accredited by ACEND. She will explain the Future Education Model, its integration of required coursework and supervised experiential learning, and how it is designed to better advance the profession and protect the public. Importantly, Dr. King will emphasize how adoption of the Future Education Model at UAA will impact the dietetics profession in Alaska in terms of how worksites support dietetic interns, options for current RDNs to pursue a master's degree, and what the change will mean for our future workforce.


Speaker Carrie King, PhD, RD, LD, CDE, University of Alaska Anchorage

Speaker Bio Carrie King is a Professor of Dietetics and Nutrition and the director of the Dietetic Internship and Future Graduate Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). Dr. King’s research interests are equipping current and future health care professionals to increase their research involvement, beginning with applying an evidence-based approach to practice, and translational research on culinary literacy. In addition to teaching culinary medicine courses and research methods in the UAA graduate program, DPD and an undergraduate program focused on increasing underrepresented minorities in biomedical careers, Dr. King mentors graduate and undergraduate students in their original research studies. Dr. King’s research goals include identifying successful ways to facilitate greater research involvement for RDN clinicians and students, and continuing to build a culinary medicine program at UAA. A lifelong Alaskan, Dr. King believes in grassroots efforts to solve our community’s challenges.

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MAY 18, 6:00 PM

Session Title Malnutrition & Micronutrient Deficiency Diagnoses – PAMC Success & Why All Dietitians Should Become Experts!

Session Description Lauri Ek-Watson, Clinical Nutrition Manager at Providence Alaska Medical Center, will briefly discuss the history of malnutrition diagnoses at PAMC and how PAMC has obtained Providence St. Joseph Health and national recognition for their work. Lauri will share how the nutrition team’s expertise has improved patient outcomes and increased respect of interdisciplinary team for dietitians. She will share practical applications of diagnoses in different settings: clinical and outpatient, as well as a few case studies of patients with micronutrient deficiency and how dietitians’ diagnoses impact patient lives! 


Speaker Lauri Ek-Watson, RDN, LD, CDCES, CNSC, Providence Alaska Medical Center

Speaker Bio Coming Soon!


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MAY 25, 6:00 PM

Session Title  Traditional Foods of Alaska Natives: History and Hope

Session Description This presentation will include a brief history on Alaska Native food systems pre and post contact, food sovereignty vs food security, nutritious Native foods and colonization, and resources for finding the nutrition in traditional Native foods.


Speaker Tia Holley, BSW, RHS, BHP, NCTTP; Traditional Wellness Consultant, Kenaitze Indian Tribe

Speaker Bio I am an Inupiat, descendent from King Island. My Eskimo name is Aisena after my great grandmother. I have a passion for pulling together Traditional Healing and Western Modalities to present a blend of information that is good for all human beings. I am dedicated to guiding people to utilize the strengths from their culture, from ancestors and today. Professionally, I am the Traditional Wellness Consultant for the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Dena’ina Wellness Center, a board member for the Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center, a Kayaani Sister for Kaasei Training and Consulting, owner and president of Indigenous Herbals Inc.

I have more than 23 years of experience creating and presenting a multitude of informational/education/cultural groups, classes and workshops from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, addictions and co-occurring disorders, to bath and body care workshops using Alaska plants, and varying Alaska wild and traditional plant workshops and presentations. I have worked individually and collaboratively with public, private, Tribal, State, and National individuals and organizations establishing culturally considerate professional strategies addressing domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, addictions issues, as well as collaborating to create events and workshops on local-wild foods; harvesting, ethics, historical trauma and Indigenous use, such as processing wild plants for food, medicine and utilitarian purposes. I have produced training programs for providers in Alaska’s social service fields that are holistic and culturally sensitive to the unique needs of rural and urban Alaskans. I have created numerous education materials and brochures for groups, individuals, and the general public on all of the above.

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