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The HealthMatters, Alaska! is a health promotion initiative aimed at improving health and health promotion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) throughout the state of Alaska. HealthMatters Program team has partnered with UAA Center for Human Development and is endorsed by the Alaska Health and Disability Program, Department of Health and Human Services to assist provider organizations with promoting healthy lifestyles to people with I/DD.

The HealthMatters, Alaska! is a part of larger scale-up project led by HealthMatters Program team at the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Other participating states include Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri.

We are looking for innovative DD Providers who provide Supports for Community Living services to people with I/DD in Alaska to participate in this initiative.
Up to 5 provider organizations will be selected to participate and will receive free materials and consultation to benefit people with I/DD receiving services, the organization, and their employees. Each organization will need to devote the staff to make up a team that includes but is not limited to: two (or more) staff leaders and a HealthMatters Team Coordinator who will ultimately become Certified Instructors to teach 12-week HealthMatters Program to people with I/DD.

Organization needs to provide structured time for a 12-week HealthMatters Program for people with I/DD, staff, and Wellness Committee to meet. This project is one (1) year long and requires the following commitments:

Wave 4: February 2018 - February 2019

Create a Wellness Committee and provide structured time for monthly meetings. February/March 2018
Complete organizational HealthMatters Assessments (staff only, at least 25% of workforce, must be completed at least 2 weeks before webinars). March 16th, 2018 (Time 1)
March 16th, 2019 (Time 2)
Create and implement Strategic Plan for health promotion. April 2018-February 2019
Attend three (3) 90-minute HealthMatters Train-the-Trainer Webinars and complete 90 minutes of offline work between webinars (minimum 3 participants). Option 1: April 9, 11, 13 (10am-11:30am CST)
Option 2: April 9, 11, 13 (1pm - 2:30pm CST)
Option 3: April 16, 18, 20 (10am-11:30am CST)
Option 4: April 16, 18, 20 (1pm - 2:30pm CST)
Run at least one 12-week HealthMatters Program (3 times per week, 4-6 hour per week, minimum 6 participants with I/DD) Start within 2 weeks of the last Webinar.

1. In-state support from LynnAnn Tew, Alaska State Coordinator, UAA Center for Human Development.
2. National support from
HealthMatters Team.
3. Free consultations on Wellness Committee and Strategic Plan.
4. Convenient training via
5. Evidence-based
Health Matters: The Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum.
6. Certification for participating staff to teach 12-week HealthMatters Program to people with I/DD.

1. Read Application Instructions.
2. Complete online Application
3. Submit
Statement of Interest.

Application deadline is February 2nd, 2018.
LynnAnn Tew, Alaska State Coordinator
Karen Ward, Director


Beth Marks, Principal Investigator
Jasmina Sisirak, Co-Investigator
Kristin Krok, Community Associate

Six (6) CEUs/CPEUs provided for Advance Practice Nurses, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LSW, LPC, LCPC), Licensed Dietitian Nutritionists (RD), Nursing Home Administrators, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals (QIDP), Speech Language Pathologists, and Illinois Teachers (CPDUs).

Health Matters Curriculum
Health Matters Program Guide
Supported by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on
Developmental Disabilities and Health
(RRTCDD) with funding through
the United States Department of Health and Human Services,
Administration for Community Living (ACL),
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
Grant # 90RT5020-01-00,
IRB# 2014-0659.
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