Written By: Elisabeth Ross
On Thursday, June 15, 2017, Senator Lisa Murkowski met with BHBC client Denis McCarville, Chief Executive Officer of AK Child and Family, and BHBC attorney Elisabeth Ross in Senator Murkowski’s Washington DC office. The Senator has been a long-time supporter of AK Child’s mission and programs, which are designed to aid children and their families who have suffered challenging trauma.
AK Child has partnered with Alaska Communications to use telehealth technology creatively to reach youth in rural Alaska villages – to provide counseling before issues reach a crisis level where the child has to leave his/her home and community for residential treatment in Anchorage. AK Child uses Alaska Communications’ telecommunications services as a means to train foster parents and provide counseling for families and youth remotely. In this way, AK Child can reach more families and enable better outcomes for these children. This is just one example of the many rural health care providers Alaska Communications supports, using, in part, the resources of the FCC’s universal service program.