“Racism is associated with a host of psychological consequences, including depression, anxiety, and other serious, sometimes debilitating conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders. Moreover, the stress caused by racism can contribute to the development of cardiovascular and other physical diseases” (American Psychological Association, Sandra Shullman, 2020).
The Alaska Psychological Association condemns racism and recognizes racism as a psychological health and medical health emergency. We condemn the murders of Black people, Indigenous people, and all people of color at the hands of police officers. We stand with the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the countless others who have died due to racial inequality and injustice.
These recent incidents highlight the over four hundred years of institutionalized and systemic racial injustice in the United States. Incidents like these wear on the mental, emotional, and physical health of those on the end of injustice. We have a responsibility to speak up and speak out to end inequality and discrimination in this country. Racism must be a part of our ongoing conversations and commitments to change. We must not be silent, as our silence is complicit, and our silence is not our power.
The Alaska Psychological Association is committed to justice and to speaking up in times of injustice. We believe that no one should have to feel fear, anxiety, or threatened because of skin color. We are committed to highlighting and celebrating diversity. We are committed to the fight to ensure that all citizens of our state have equal access to mental health and medical health care. We pledge to focus our efforts to be a part of the greater conversations about the impacts of racism on psychological and medical health. We pledge to be a part of the solution.
Alaska Psychological Association Board of Directors
It’s that time of year again when the Alaska Psychological Association is looking to solicit nominations for individuals interested in serving as part of the AK-PA Board of Directors. Elections will be held during the month of June. AK-PA’s long-term goal is to be a statewide leader in mental health. We need your help to reach this goal and keep AK-PA an active and productive association. All full or affiliate members of AK-PA are encouraged to consider serving on the Board (if you are not currently a member, it’s not too late – you can apply on our website: www.ak-pa.org/join).
AK-PA is seeking nominations for several positions. Each position will serve a two-year term beginning August 16, 2020.
- The Secretary creates a record of all the meetings of the Association and is a member of the Board’s Executive Committee.
- Three Members-at-Large, who serve as a liaison between the general AK-PA membership and the Board, working to form and chair workgroups for various special interests and projects (e.g., Disaster Response Network, Early Career Psychologist, Rural Practice)
Please consider nominating yourself or another member to serve on the Board – filling these positions is vital to the continued success of AK-PA!
Dear Alaskan Community,
We know that during this time of uncertainty, many in our community are under strain and stress. We are incredibly grateful to see how out community has come together in strength and resilience. Please continue to connect and reach out to each other in fellowship and with resources. On behalf of our AK-PA Board of Directors, we also want to reach out to our community to offer additional helpful resources for dealing with the impact of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Resources for Practice
Telebehavioral Health Resources
- APA is offering FREE telehealth webinars about telebehavioral health. Access these resources here: https://www.apa.org/ed/ce/telehealth
- American Psychiatric Association has resources for telepsychiatry here: https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/practice/telepsychiatry/blog/apa-resources-on-telepsychiatry-and-covid-19?utm_source=Internal-Link&utm_medium=Side-Hero&utm_campaign=Covid-19
- PESI is offering a webinar about telehealth: https://catalog.pesi.com/item/52191/?fbclid=IwAR1_v-4iFSXdcDB1bkenxka5OwURfcdO8eVseGXZ2LINgdzwn2vM17RENrc
- Person Centered Tech is offering practice resources related to telehealth here: https://personcenteredtech.com
- Information on the telemedicine Business Registry, which is required to offer telehealth in Alaska https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/TelemedicineBusinessRegistry.aspx
- Information on state laws and reimbursement for telehealth from the Center for Connected Health Policy https://www.cchpca.org/telehealth-policy/state-telehealth-laws-and-reimbursement-policies-report
Distance Learning Resources for Students and Faculty
- The APA is offering distance resources for Students and Faculty during the campus shut down periods https://www.apa.org/education/distance-learning
COVID-19 Specific Concerns
- APA provides recommendations to address loneliness during the COVID-19 Pandemic https://www.apa.org/news/apa/2020/03/covid-19-danger-physical-health
- Information about addressing social isolation and loneliness can be seen here: https://www.apa.org/monitor/2019/05/ce-corner-isolation
Disaster Relief Loans
- Read this article about how Economic Injury Disaster Loan is open in Alaska. Read here: https://aksbdc.org/2020/03/alaska-sbdc-updates-regarding-sba-disaster-relief-loans/
Guidance on HIPPA and 42 CFR During COVID-19 Pandemic
- Understanding 42 CFR during Pandemic https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/covid-19-42-cfr-part-2-guidance-03192020.pdf
- Understanding HIPPA discretion for telehealth temporary recommendations https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/emergency-preparedness/notification-enforcement-discretion-telehealth/index.html
Guidance on Reimbursement with Medicare
- Telehealth During COVID-10 Pandemic with Telehealth Reimbursement with Medicare https://www.apaservices.org/practice/reimbursement/government/medicare-telehealth-temporary-changes and https://www.apaservices.org/practice/legal/technology/covid-19-telehealth-waiver
Direction for Health Care Professionals during COVID-19 Pandemic
- Direction from State of Alaska DHSS http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/healthcare.aspx
Resources for Those in Need
- ASD is providing free breakfasts and lunches for kids 18 and younger each weekday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find more information here: https://www.asdk12.org/COVID-19
- Alaska 2-1-1: Callers can find COVID-19-related information and can learn about resources in the community. This service can be reached by telephone at 2-1-1- and 1-800-478-222 or online at http://www.211.org/services/covid19
- Learn what is being done in Anchorage to help now by reading this AND article: https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/anchorage/2020/03/17/whats-being-done-to-help-anchorage-residents-feeling-a-financial-hit-from-coronavirus/
- Reserved grocery shopping hours: Carrs stores will be reserving hours for vulnerable individuals to shop. Read more here: https://www.safeway.com/content/minisite/albertsonscompanies/en/newsroom/shopping-hours-for-vulnerable-customers.html
Resources for Households during COVID-19 Pandemic
- Learn about how to keep prepare homes for COVID-19 including how to clean and disinfect, preparing homes, and what to do should you get sick. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/index.html
Resources for Families
- The Anchorage Library has opened its virtual doors for our community and has resources for kids and caregivers and more. See the Public Library website here: http://www.anchoragelibrary.org/about/about-apl/library-news/coronaviruscovid-19-library-information-center/
- Subscribe to the Anchorage Health Department’s Nixle alerts by texting ANCHEALTH to 888-777
- Subscribe to the State of Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services Health Alert Network here: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/AKDHSS/subscriber/new?topic_id=AKDHSS_17
As we know, the situation with the COVID-19 Pandemic is dynamic and resources will be evolving. Please continue to connect with reliable and up-to-date information from these sources:
- The State of Alaska’s COVID-19 page http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/default.aspx
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 page https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- American Psychological Association Pandemics page https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/pandemics
- SAMHSA resources related to COVID-19 https://www.samhsa.gov/coronavirus
Please reach out to us with questions or ways your Board can support our community during this time.
Stay healthy and safe,
Alaska Psychological Association Board of Directors
AK-PA members are invited to join the Board for AK-PA’s Annual Meeting from 6.00 – 7.00pm on Monday, December 09. We will be meeting at Marco T’s Pizzeria, 302 W Fireweed Lane, Anchorage, AK 99503.
Find us in the side room, hear what AK-PA has been doing for you this past year, and enjoy a complimentary beverage of your choice as a small token of thanks for your membership.
We hope to see you there!
Join AK-PA on Friday, February 22, 2019 for a 6-credit CE event, “Ethics and Risk Management in the Digital World 2.0,” presented by Daniel Taube, JD, PhD, with The Trust Insurance.
We will be livestreaming this event and current AK-PA members and students will enjoy reduced registration rates (haven’t renewed yet? there’s still time to save 10% on your 2019 membership)!
Hope to see you there!
Join us for AK-PA’s upcoming Quarterly Event (formerly 5th Fridays) on October 24th from 6pm to 7:30pm. We are honored to host Elsie Boudreau as our special presenter. Elsie’s story was portrayed in the PBS documentary The Silence and she will facilitate a discussion on historical and intergenerational trauma. Don’t miss this special opportunity to meet a true advocate for Alaskan communities!