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HealthMatters, Alaska! Program

In-Kind Grants to Alaska Organizations to Improve the
Health and Wellness of Individuals with Disabilities

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HealthMatters, Alaska!

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In-kind grants to Alaska organizations that provide services to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Funding is intended to assist provider organizations with promoting healthy lifestyles for these individuals. Each organization will receive free materials and consultation to benefit people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), and will need to devote their staff to make up a team who will ultimately become Certified Instructors to teach a 12-week HealthMatters Program to people with I/DD.

This program is one (1) year long and requires the following commitments (also listed in the Pre-Application Information section below with specific dates/deadlines):

1. Creating a Wellness Committee (if not in place)
2. Completing organizational HealthMatters Assessments (minimum 25% of workforce)
3. Creating and adhering to Strategic Plan for health promotion implementation
4. Attending three (3) 90-minute HealthMatters Train-the-Trainer Webinars and completing 90 minutes of offline work (minimum 3 participants)
5. Running at least one 12-week HealthMatters Program (4-6 hours per week; meet 3 times per week) for people with I/DD (minimum 6 participants)
6. Providing structured time for staff and Wellness Committee to meet

Program participants will receive:

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167510

Number of Grants:

Up to 5 provider organizations will be selected to participate.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations will receive free materials and consultation to benefit people with I/DD receiving services, the organization, and their employees.

Term of Contract:

Organizations need 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations that provide Supports for Community Living services to people with I/DD in the state of Alaska may apply.

Organization HealthMatters Teams must include but are not limited to: two (or more) staff leaders and a HealthMatters team Coordinator who will become certified instructors to teach 12-week HealthMatters Program to people with I/DD.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for application is February 2, 2018. Approved organizations will be contacted by February 9, 2018.

This project requires the following commitments:

- Create a Wellness Committee: 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 - 3 :30pm CST)
Option 3: April 16, 18, 20 (10am-11:30am CST)
Option 4: April 16, 18, 20 (1pm - 3 :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.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

You may scan and attach your Statement of Interest to your online application. You may also email or fax the Statement of Interest with the subject line “HealthMatters, ALASKA Program Application” to Jasmina Sisirak at or fax to 312-929-0326.

Staff Contact:

LynnAnn Baldwin Tew, MA
Health and Wellness Coordinator - Alaska
Center for Human Development, University of Alaska-Anchorage
Phone: 907-264-6277

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska