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Pediatric Specialty Clinics

Specialty clinics improve access to care for children in need of consultation, screening, and follow-up. The State of Alaska’s Section of Women’s Children and Family Health (WCFH) brings medical specialists to regional centers to offer specialty care in or close to communities where children and their families reside. Efforts are made to involve local health practitioners in these clinics to insure coordination of care. The Section of Women’s Children and Family Health offers 2 clinics:


Metabolic Clinics

The Alaska Metabolic Clinics offer specialty genetics clinics for individuals diagnosed with metabolic genetic disorders. Individuals commonly seen in this clinic include:
  • a child with a metabolic disorder diagnosed through the Newborn Metabolic Screening Program;
  • children with changes in body chemistry such as extremely high and low protein, fat or sugar levels in their blood.

Neurodevelopmental Outreach and Autism Screening Clinic

Screenings and consultations are delivered by pediatric neurodevelopmental specialist from the Children’s Hospital at Providence in Anchorage and from itinerant staff from the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. 

These specialists offer screenings, recommendations for care, educational information, referrals as needed, and linkage to appropriate resources.  Specialty providers travel to 11 clinic sites across the state where there are no local providers with specialty expertise.

 
The State of Alaska has transitioned sponsorship for 2 specialty clinics to community partners:
 

Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic


The Anchorage Cleft Clinic has transitioned sponsorship to Southcentral Foundation.  The Alaska Cleft Lip and Palate Program at SCF will hold clinics on the ANMC campus and will continue to serve both Alaska Native and non-Native individuals.  The team of providers will be comprised of many of the same specialists as participated in the State of Alaska Cleft Team.  The Fairbanks clinic remains unchanged and is still sponsored by the State of Alaska through the Fairbanks Public Health Nursing Center.
 

Contacts for the Alaska Cleft Lip & Palate Program at SCF:

 
Erica Johnson, Clinic Coordinator                                
Alaska Cleft Lip and Palate Program at SCF
Southcentral Foundation Dental Clinic
907 729-4347
Fax 907 729-2054
emjohnson@scf.cc       
 
Anh Wright, RN, MSN, Program Manager                                
Alaska Cleft Lip and Palate Program at SCF
Southcentral Foundation Dental Clinic
4215 Diplomacy Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
907 729-6808
Fax 907 729-2054

Genetics Clinic

 
The Genetics Clinic has transitioned sponsorship to the Providence Pediatric Subspecialty Clinic.  This Subspecialty Clinic is where the State Clinic has held the Anchorage Genetics Clinics for many years.

The Providence Genetics Clinic will be staffed by a coordinator, genetic counselors and contracted out-of-state Geneticists.  Clinics will be held every other month and the genetics team will continue to travel to Fairbanks and Juneau for outreach clinics. 
  

Contacts for the Providence Genetics Clinic:

 
Hannah Barnhart, Clinic Coordinator, Providence Genetics Clinic                                
Providence Pediatric Subspecialty Clinic 
907 212-2081
Fax 907 212-4831
 

Contact for former State of Alaska Genetics Clinic and Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic:

 
Meg Kurtagh, Program Manager
Alaska Division of Public Health
Women’s, Children’s, and Family Health
3601 C Street. Suite 322
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: 907.269.3430
Fax: 907.754.3425
margaret.kurtagh@alaska.gov
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