Bettye Davis African American Summit on COVID-19

Sat. October 23, 2021

Bettye Davis East High School

Continuing the legacy of the late state senator, Bettye Davis, the Alaska Black Caucus is proud to present the third annual Bettye Davis African American Summit.


In 2021, health disparities left Black Americans vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 and dying from it at higher rates, nearly two times greater than their share of the population. 

Appropriately, the 2021 Bettye Davis African American Summit will focus on COVID-19. 

Access to clear, accurate, and trustworthy health information is crucial to manage and respond to this unprecedented crisis. The summit will offer educational sessions on emerging topics including scientific insights on COVID variants and how to recognize and combat misinformation. 

Facilitated workshops will more deeply address successes and challenges in Alaska’s COVID-19 response. Panelists and attendees will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on essential health services, how public health policies have affected communities, and opportunities to diversify the health care workforce.

Local & National Speakers
Including speakers from the CDC, CMS and the Office of Minority Health
Honoring Bettye Davis
Ribbon cutting at Bettye Davis East High School with honorary plaque reveal
Health Fair
Delivering COVID-19 vaccines and information both in-person and online


8:30 - 9:30 AM

God Breathes | Religion, Community & COVID-19

9:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Welcome | AM Sessions

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Lunch | Ribbon Cutting & Bettye Davis Memorial Plaque Unveiling

1:30 - 3:30 PM

Panel | Economics, Education, Justice

3:45 - 5:00 PM

Thank You | Tribute to Frontline & Essential Workers


Former Alaska Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist, Dr. Butler is currently the Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases.

In this capacity, he provides leadership to the efforts of CDC’s three infectious disease national centers and helps to advance the agency’s cross-cutting infectious disease priorities.

Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer for the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services, Division of Public Health, Dr. Zink has over 15 years of experience in emergency medicine.

Before joining DHSS, Dr. Zink worked at the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, where she served as the Emergency Department medical director (2010-18) and also on the Board of Trustees (2012-18).

Director of Social Behavioral Sciences and Community Engagement for the Fred Hutchinson-based HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) and the COVID-19 Prevention Network, Senior Staff Scientist in the Fred Hutchinson Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division and an Affiliate Clinical Professor in the Departments of Global Health and Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Washington.

Managing Director of Tuckson Health Connections, LLC, a vehicle to advance initiatives that support optimal health and wellbeing through the intersection of individual and community health promotion and disease prevention; applied data and analytics; enhanced quality and efficiency in care delivery; and the application of telehealth and biotech innovations.

President (Tlingit), a member of the Tlingit nation who graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and North Memorial Family Practice Residency Program before returning home to work for her tribal community in Juneau, Alaska.

After eleven years of full-scope family medicine, she returned to the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth in 2014, as the Director of the Center of American Indian and Minority Health (CAIMH).

Our Sponsors

Anchorage Health Department, Municipality of Anchorage

This program was supported by a grant awarded by the Municipality of Anchorage, Anchorage Health Department.
The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the Alaska Black Caucus and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Municipality of Anchorage, Anchorage Health Department.