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January Meeting Minutes

Date: 1/9/2024
Start Time: 10:06 AM
Stop Time: 10:38 AM

Mary Gunderson, Sierra Winter, Amanda Simpson, Linda Oxely, Ronni Spaulding, Ashley Minaei, Holly Wiegle, Brenda McCain, Becky Stoppa, Keith Fessler, Marine Gualterri, Duronda Twigg, Maureen McLaughlin, Jennifer Lockhart, Melitta White, Bronn Salmon, and Erin Aklested.

Sierra Winter, board chair, opens the meeting at 10:06AM. She announces the following events are what Sunshine Community Health Center and the Northern Valley Health Coalition plan to attend for the 2024 season.


  • Monthly Clinic Theme || Weight Management

  • Project Homeless Connect || January 30th

"The 2024 Mat-Su Project Homeless Connect will be held Tuesday, January 30, 2024, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Menard Center in Wasilla. The doors will open at 7 a.m. for vendors and volunteers. If you’ve not already applied and are interested in tabling at the event, please fill out the attached Vendor Application and Oath of Confidentiality and return to me via email at your earliest convenience." Becky Stoppa

Community Impact Director

United Way of Mat-Su

550 S. Alaska Street Suite #205

Palmer, AK 99645

907-745-5827 Sunshine Transit will be transporting folks to and from the event. CAll 907-495-8411 to reserve a seat.


  • Monthly Clinic Theme || Men’s Health & Healthy Heart

  • Willow Winter Carnival & Iditarod Restart || February 3rd Contact Linda Oxley for more information:



  • Monthly Clinic Theme || Medicare AWV

  • Willow Community Health Fair || April 6th Join as a vendor at

  • * Go Blue For Kids

  • * Eggstravaganza & Safety Expo

  • * Non Profit Fair/Earth Day NON PROFITS MUST BE SPECIFIC TO TC, TK, or WLW


  • Monthly Clinic Theme || Women’s Clinic


  • * Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge Orientation

  • * McKinley Princess Lodge Orientation

  • * Willow Bike Park Grand Opening


  • Monthly Clinic Theme || Men’s Clinic

  • * Willow Farmers Market

  • * KidsStock

  • * Links Resource Fair


  • Monthly Clinic Theme || Memory & Dementia Screening & Treatment

  • * Live At Five

  • Fourth of July Talkeetna

  • Fourth of July Willow

  • * Fourth of July Trapper Creek

  • * Blood Bank of Alaska


  • Monthly Clinic Theme || Sports Physicals and Well Child Checks

  • Alaska State Fair Sports Physicals


  • Monthly Clinic Theme || Women’s Clinic

  • TBD


  • Monthly Clinic Theme || Immunizations

  • * Chainsaw Safety Course

  • Halloween Activities Talkeetna

  • Halloween Activities Trapper

  • Halloween Activities Willow

  • * Mat-Su Regional Health Fair

  • * Mat-Su College & Career Fair


  • Monthly Clinic Theme || Tobacco Cessation

  • *Sobriety Dance Party


  • Monthly Clinic Theme || Oral Health Care

  • Sunshine’s Holiday Party

Sierra Winter shares that Sunshine Community Health Center is attending the Upper Susitna Community and Senior Center's lunches once a month to provide blood pressure checks and support from a patient advocate.

Sierra Winter specifically asks team members to share more information about Project Homeless Connect and the Willow Winter Carnival and invites exhibitors to register/attend the upcoming Health Fairs in Willow and Trapper Creek this spring.

Becky Stoppa shares information about Project Homeless Connect and encourages exhibitors to register for the event by emailing her at She thanks Sunshine Community Health Center for being the first to register.

Mary Gunderson questions homelessness data in the Northern Valley and Becky recommends the following contacts to get that information.

Linda Oxley shares information about the Willow Winter Carnival and how vendors/exhibitors can get involved. She will share the event agenda once published and encourages folks to reach out at or by emailing her at

Brenda McCain shares information about the upcoming safety fair in Willow on May 18th and shares the successes of having CERT teams in all three of our primary Northern Valley communities. She invites exhibitors to join by emailing her at

Sierra Winter reminds the team about the Community Newsletter and offers to coordinate Zoom or in-person events for each organization to connect with more northern valley community members.

Sierra Winter shares that the meeting recurrence will remain the same to have at least one in-person meeting this year.

Sierra Winter shares she will be working on applying for relevant grants for the NVHC to project plan and work from.

Sierra Winter shares that Sunshine Community Health Center is seeing a lot of success in their Social Determinants of Health efforts and looks forward to inviting Ryan Romans to speak on these efforts again this year.

Sierra Winter opens the meeting for round table discussions and announcements.

Duronda Twigg announces that Sunshine Community Health Center is in the middle of several beneficial projects from their SDOH efforts to nursing support in the northern valley that would provide resources to new mothers up to 2 years after birth of their child. She shares that projects/efforts continue to work towards providing the quadruple aim (enhancing patient experience, improving population health, and reducing costs) and working towards Value Based Care.

Sierra Winter opens the meeting to help any members navigate the website resources.

  • Everyone submit information to Sierra Winter for the Community Newsletter (sent monthly).

  • Everyone reach out to the above contacts to get involved in engagement opportunities in the northern valley.

Next Meeting Planning:

Date: 2/13/2024

Time: 10:00 AM

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