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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 4 clinics:

Genetic Clinics

The Alaska Genetic Clinics offer specialty genetics clinics for diagnosis and genetic counseling for individuals with inherited conditions, chromosomal disorders, or birth defects. Common referrals include:
  • a person with a birth defect or genetic disorder;
  • families in which more than one person has the same condition or disorder;
  • a child who is not developing within normal limits, physically or mentally.

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.

Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic

Cleft Lip and Palate Clinics provide multidisciplinary, long-term, comprehensive, coordinated evaluations and treatment planning for children with craniofacial abnormalities from birth through 21 years of age.  Evaluations are provided by specialists from the local community.  Clinics are held in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

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