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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.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
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.

WHAT WILL YOU DO?
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 3: February 2017 - February 2018

ACTIVITY DEADLINES
Complete online Application and submit Letter of Interest February 17th, 2017
Create a Wellness Committee March/April 2017
Complete organizational HealthMatters Assessments (staff only, at least 25% of workforce, must be completed at least 2 weeks before webinars). April 7th, 2017 (Time 1)
April 6th, 2018 (Time 2)
Create and implement Strategic Plan for health promotion. June 2016-June 2017
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 17, 19, 21 (7am- 8:30am AKST)

Option 2: April 17, 19, 21 (10am - 11:30am AKST)

Option 3: April 24, 26, 28 (7am- 8:30am AKST)

Option 4: April 24, 26, 28 (10am - 11:30am AKST)
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.

WHAT SUPPORTS WILL YOU GET?
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
webinar.
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.

HOW TO APPLY?
1. Read Application Instructions.
2. Complete online Application
3. Submit
Statement of Interest.

Application is due February 17th, 2017.
ALASKA TEAM
LynnAnn Tew, Alaska State Coordinator
Karen Ward, Director

NATIONAL TEAM

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

CEUs/CPEUs
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).

CONTACT US (info@healthmattersprogram.org)
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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