The Healthy Transitions Program provide services for teens and young adults, from the ages of 16 to 25. The youth will need to have a rural village as their home of record in order for us to provide services to them. The youth can be in Fairbanks temporarily and we are able to supplement Health Education to them in addition to the services they are receiving with other agencies. Our grant covers all expenses for the services we provide so there will be no conflict with Medicaid billing.
- Main Phone: 907-459-3800
- Behavioral Health Clinical Associate Lead:
William “Bruce” Gaddis ext: 3839 or
- Healthy Transitions Youth and Young Adult Coordinator:
Ollincia Martin-Beard Ext: 3751or
- Behavioral Health Clinical Associate:
Brandon Ried Ext: 3057 or Email
Christine Babcock Ext: 3762 or Email
Juliette Teregeyo Ext: 3919 or Email
Healthy Transitions is a program designed to assist teens and young adults’ transition into adulthood. Studies shown that individuals in this age range experience high levels of stress due to the pressure they face in deciding what to do with their future after high school, transitioning into their own home, paying bills, etc. This is the time in a young adult’s life where they are more likely to develop mental health illnesses and unhealthy behaviors, so it is a critical time in their development to learn healthy life skills. We provide 30-60 minute individual sessions with clients who agree to health education through our program.
The Clinical Associates use four workbooks to deliver information to the clients. Each client is unique and service plans will reflect the needs of each client, so some may complete only one workbook while others will complete multiples. Group sessions are possible if there are enough clients to participate in activities.
These are our workbooks and a brief description of what each covers:
- Healthy Relationships: explore qualities that make up healthy relationships; take a look at the many relationships in your life right now; understand the ripple effects certain behaviors can have on those around you; recognize the skills that can help you effectively communicate in your relationships; resolve conflicts in relationships, or remove yourself if the relationship has become harmful; look toward creating healthy relationships in the future.
- Daily Life: identify how you have dealt with stress in the past and focus on how to better manage your stress; learn tips for good nutrition and healthy eating; explore ways to improve the quality of your sleep; consider ways to add more physical activity to your day; get a clear picture of your financial situation.
- Feelings: explore how your feelings can influence you overall wellness; consider some facts about feelings; identify which of your feelings are most challenging for you right now; explore strategies for managing difficult feelings, which could include changing, preparing for or taking action against them; apply and practice these strategies you have learned to manage your difficult feelings.
- Core Skills: asking for and accepting feedback from others; practicing effective communication; learning how to cope with troubling feelings and behaviors; identifying your anger triggers and ways to effectively deal with anger; finding ways to reduce your stress; learning ways to handle risky situations; improving your decision-making skills; building personal relationships.