ALASKA

307 East Northern Lights Boulevard Suite 100
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone:  (907) 561-3701Fax:  (907) 561-3702Toll-Free:  (877) 786-7327
    
Primary Contact(s):
Alexandra Fogarty (907) 792-3402
Grant Abstract Summary:
Alaska's unique population, language diversity and geographic barriers make access to services, supports, training and information difficult for families. This F2F HIC will provide ease of access to this information through one on one supports, travelling supports and use of technology. We will empower families to make informed positive choices for their family regarding all needs and through the lifespan.

Activities/Methodology:Partner with MCHB, local community cultural organizations and groups to provide culturally reposnsive supports and information.Increase access to interpreter and translation services.Assist in developing a multicultural health fair with language brokers.Collaborate with state and local partners to support ongoing outreach projects.SSG staff with specific training related to transition needs of CYSHCN will work with families and youth to integrate planning and resources in the areas of education, employment, recreation and social opportunities, housing, and health care.Update existing transition training module incorporating information from the new National Center on Health Care Transition for Youth with Special Health Care Needs, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP).Use current and expanded trainings for families and youth that support transition activities.Provide the training , information and assistance parents need to better understand health care financing options, medical home concepts, and the Affordable Care Act.Create short videos on topics related to health care options, medical home, and health care financing. These materials will also be available for transfer to DVD for families who lack sufficient internet broad bandwidth.
Highlighted Activity:
Teen Friendship and Dating
SSG has worked in collaboration with the University of Alaska Anchorage, Center for Human Development and others to teach teens and young adults with intellectual and related developmental disabilities about building and maintaining healthy relationships. Facilitated by staff, group sessions focus on teaching participants new skills such as personal boundaries, gender differences, the dating process, etc. This is followed by a chaperoned community activity where participants work on applying these new skills. To date, a total of 25 participants have “graduated” and the response from families has been overwhelmingly positive. Parents are relieved to have a structured, safe environment for their child to explore these important health issues and participants are proud of their accomplishments.