Alaska Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program

Grant Number: U4CMC32323
Project Start Date: September 30, 2018
Project End Date: September 29, 2023
Organization: HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES, ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF
Address: C STREET JUNEAU AK 99811
Project Director: Diana Raymond
Phone Number: (907) 269-3619
Email: deedee.raymond@alaska.gov

Project Description

Alaska’s pediatric population does not have sufficient access to timely behavioral health care, due to a severe statewide workforce shortage.

Project Title: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders Training Program

Grant Number: T73MC20663
Project Start Date: September 01, 2010
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA ANCHORAGE
Address: Providence Dr Anchorage AK 99508
Project Director: Karen M Ward
Phone Number: (907) 264-6229
Email: karenw@alaskachd.org

Project Description

Access to health services for children and youth with developmental disabilities in Alaska is seriously challenged by shortages across the professional workforce. The purpose of the program is to continue Alaska LEND to grow our own professionals.

Project Title: CISS -Local/State

Grant Number: H25MC26224
Project Start Date: August 01, 2013
Project End Date: July 31, 2021
Organization: HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES, ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF
Address: PO Box 110630 Juneau AK 99811
Project Director: Rebekah Morisse
Phone Number: (907) 334-2424
Email: rebekah.morisse@alaska.gov

Project Description

In Alaska, coordination of early childhood services is fractured between two different systems; education and health. Alaska has no department of early childhood, or children’s cabinet to formally coordinate services. Instead, co-ordination and integration of services is done through a variety of committees and task forces that are driven by grant needs or stakeholder group requests. This fragmentation, along with the challenges of distance, geography, transportation and workforce recruitment, retention and professional development lead to limited and unequal access to healthcare programs, providers and services. Families in Alaska’s remote rural communities face additional are often forced to leave their home communities in order to access needed medical care or specialized supports. Lack of a unified system also means limited and fragmented data sharing and which makes prioritizing and addressing health equity and targeted interventions and improvements difficult.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening

Grant Number: H61MC00015
Project Start Date: April 01, 2000
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: STATE OF ALASKA DEPT OF HEALTH & SOCIAL SVCS
Address: Main St Juneau AK 99801
Project Director: Rebekah Morisse
Phone Number: (907) 334-2273
Email: rebekah.morisse@alaska.gov

Project Description

The goal of the program is to support the development of statewide programs and systems of care that ensure that deaf or hard of hearing children are identified early through newborn and infant hearing screening and receive evaluation, diagnosis, and appropriate intervention to optimize their language, literacy, and social-emotional development. A challenge in Alaska is the statewide shortage of health care professionals; pediatricians, primary care providers, audiologists, specialty care providers, therapists, nurses. Implementing the EHDI Program in Alaska also requires overcoming the obstacles of vast geographic distances, severe climate and sparse populations in the isolated villages of rural Alaska. Often, children born at remote regional hospitals do not have access to audiology in their community or region, and need to travel to Anchorage for diagnostic follow-up.

Project Title: EMSC Partnership Grants

Grant Number: H33MC06688
Project Start Date: March 01, 2006
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: STATE OF ALASKA DEPT OF HEALTH & SOCIAL SVCS
Address: C St Anchorage AK 99503
Project Director: Renee Escamilla
Phone Number: (907) 465-5467
Email: renee.escamilla@alaska.gov

Project Description

Due to the geographical isolation from the rest of the United States, extensive land territory size, and limited infrastructure, Alaska has many unique health care challenges including ensuring timely access, and adequate delivery of emergency medical services to pediatric patients. Additional prehospital system gaps include: insufficient pediatric care coordination within EMS agencies, inadequate pediatric recognition facility participation, collection of NEMSIS data, and improving access to pediatric trainings.

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC32232
Project Start Date: September 30, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: STONE SOUP GROUP
Address: 307 E. NORTHERN LIGHTS BLVD. SUITE 100 ANCHORAGE AK 99503
Project Director: Alexandra Fogarty
Phone Number: (907) 792-3402
Email: alexandraf@stonesoupgroup.org

Project Description

Problem: Alaska has 229 federally recognized tribes and one of the highest percentages of Alaska Native/American Indian populations in the country. AN/AI families experience barriers to accessing appropriate health care, including geographic distances, lack of culturally responsive information, and high rates of turnover in iterant medical providers. Chronic conditions are further impacted by the barriers to access routine care and treatment.

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC12893
Project Start Date: June 01, 2009
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: STONE SOUP GROUP
Address: East Northern Lights Blvd ANCHORAGE AK 99508
Project Director: Alexandra Fogarty
Phone Number: (907) 792-3402
Email: alexandraf@stonesoupgroup.org

Project Description

Underserved families encounter numerous barriers to accessing appropriate health care in Alaska. Lack of information, high rates of staff turnover in iterant medical providers, geographic barriers and expense in traveling to and from rural Alaska provide little opportunity for families of CYSHCN to establish appropriate care and community supports. Disparities in health care continue to be linked to socioeconomic conditions.

Project Title: MCHB State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00002
Project Start Date: October 01, 1993
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: STATE OF ALASKA DEPT OF HEALTH & SOCIAL SVCS
Address: C St Anchorage AK 99503
Project Director: Margaret Young
Phone Number: (907) 269-5657
Email: margaret.young@alaska.gov

Project Description

There is a need to continue to build and expand our MCH data capacity to support our Title V program’s needs. While the primary data needs are to support the five-year Title V needs assessment, ensure unified data utilization by reporting on the minimum and core data sets (M/CDS), and support our Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Project, the advancement of increased data capacity can influence both MCH policy and programs with qualified, accurate, consistent information. The MCH Epidemiology Unit has a long history of excellent data capacity and provides support to Alaska’s Title V programs through data linkages and complex epidemiologic studies, but a great need exists in standardizing, structuring, and translating the data into action to reduce health disparities, increase child developmental skills, and set MCH population priorities.

Project Title: Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Program

Grant Number: X10MC33564
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2021
Organization: HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES, ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF
Address: PO BOX 110650 JUNEAU AK 99811
Project Director: Rebekah Morisse
Phone Number: (907) 269-4762
Email: rebekah.morisse@alaska.gov

Project Description

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program supports the delivery of coordinated and comprehensive high-quality and voluntary early childhood home visiting services to eligible families living in at-risk communities. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which administers this program in partnership with the Administration for Children and Families, funds states, territories, and tribal entities to develop and implement evidence-based programs that best meet the needs of their communities.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2020