Alaska Long Term Care Community Forum August 2008

Not exactly community-involvement but at least comments are possible on the draft.

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Long Term Care Community Forum for Stakeholders of State Long Term Health Care Services and Supports [sic]

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has hired HCBS Strategies Inc. to develop recommendations for improving the long term care services it provides to older adults and individuals with disabilities of all ages. As part of developing these recommendations we have obtained feedback from stakeholders such as consumers and their families, providers and direct care workers. We are holding Community Forums to gain reactions from stakeholders on our draft set of recommendations before they are finalized. All those interested may attend.

Individuals are welcome to participate in person or through a web-enabled conference call. Individuals must pre-register for webinars in advance! For those that have limited computer or internet access they may participate by phone only by using the conference call numbers listed below.

Dates/Locations:
Tuesday, August 26th from1:00 – 4:00pm: Downtown Anchorage Marriott- Anchorage/ Via Phone: (702) 824-9512 Access code: 224-977-617 Audio Pin: #

Wednesday, August 27th 5:00 – 8:00 pm: Centennial Hall Convention Center- Juneau /Via Phone: (702) 824-9512 Access code: 126-987-378 Audio Pin: #

Friday, August 29th 1:00 – 4:00pm: Westmark Fairbanks Hotel- Fairbanks Via Phone: (702) 824-9512 Access code: 177-724-278 Audio Pin: #

To for more information or to register for the Forum webinars please go to www.AKLTC.com
If you have questions please contact Kristy Michael with HCBS Strategies by e-mail Kristy AT hcbs DOT info or by phone: 410-858-0807


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5 Responses to “Alaska Long Term Care Community Forum August 2008”


  1. 1 dickiebo 2008 August 17 at 6:39 am

    I love the modern terms, like ‘stakeholders’. Seem to sort of, de-personalise things, don’t you think? I suppose, after all, we are just another item in the budget.

  2. 2 vuee 2008 August 17 at 10:44 am

    Good point. I think you are on to something. As a budget item, at least one person is hired (but not an expert so they come cheap) and usually a telephone number (also cheap).

    Tech support has worked in the public involvement field and tracked some of the usage, Getting Results from Your Experts. I like her definition that “stakeholder” means they hold the stake and the public gets stucked.

    The problem now is that most agencies which use the term do not understand public involvement and use the term because it is widespread and seemingly acceptable. So, even if an agency is interested in working with communities, they don’t know how else to do so and in using the standard “stake” end up doing more harm than good.

  3. 4 naomidagenbloom 2008 September 2 at 3:08 am

    Vuee, Vuee, We need to hear MORE from you now about the way Alaska has come into our consciousness via your governor–the believer in “stakeholders.”


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