HealthMatters ALASKA logo

Accepting Wave 5 Applications: July 2018 - July 2019
Application is closed.

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

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.

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.

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).

LynnAnn Tew, Alaska State Coordinator
Karen Ward, Director


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

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.
DHD logo