Alaska Consultation Clinics and Technical Assistance
Core Function: Technical Assistance and Outreach Training
The purpose of the Alaska Consultation Clinics is to provide technical assistance to the Alaska Maternal Child Health Program and Providence Alaska Medical Center; continuing education for health care professionals and consultative clinical services for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and other special health care needs. These consultation services are designed to increase and improve clinical services for children with special health care needs in Alaska.
Project faculty work with the developmental pediatrician for the state of Alaska, public health staff, and interdisciplinary providers in each community to provide technical assistance regarding systems that serve children with special health care needs and to offer in-service education to local health care providers.
Consultation clinics are held in partnership with Alaska Title V programs in Fairbanks, Juneau and other locations. The clinics, which are organized by Alaska Title V staff and held at public health departments, serve over 100 children each year. Local public health, school and private practice professionals participate in clinics and receive consultation regarding complex diagnostic and treatment issues of clients in their community. At Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, specialty clinics are conducted for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, specifically cerebral palsy and spina bifida.
Consultation clinics also provide in-service education, clinical teaching for medical and nursing students and education sessions with families.