Alaska Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Building Data Capacity in Alaska

Grant Number: H18MC00002
Project Start Date: December 1, 2017
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: STATE OF ALASKA DEPT OF HEALTH & SOCIAL SVCS
Address: DPH/DHSS3601 C St., Anchorage, AK 99503-5923
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: Alaska Emergency Medical Services for Children State Partnership

Grant Number: H33MC06688
Project Start Date: April 1, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: STATE OF ALASKA DEPT OF HEALTH & SOCIAL SVCS
Address: Mail Stop Code: HIV/STD Program Division Line: DPH/DHSS3601 C St STE 540, Anchorage, AK 99503-5923
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: Univeral Newborn Hearing Screening

Grant Number: H61MC00015
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: STATE OF ALASKA DEPT OF HEALTH & SOCIAL SVCS
Address: Mail Stop Code: HIV/STD Program Division Line: DPH/DHSS350 Main St., Juneau, AK 99801-1149
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, including pediatricians, primary care providers, audiologists, specialty care providers, therapists,and 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: Alaska’s Family to Family Health Information Center

Grant Number: H84MC12893
Project Start Date: June 1, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: STONE SOUP GROUP
Address: 307 East Northern Lights Blvd., STE 100, ANCHORAGE, AK 99508-2701
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: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Training Program

Grant Number: T73MC20663
Project Start Date: July 1, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA ANCHORAGE
Address: 3211 Providence Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508-4614
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.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020