Juneau Community Foundation grant supports JUMPP program

In the photo, left to right: Dr. Amy Dressel of JUMPP, Amy Skilbred of Juneau Community Foundation, Elsa Demeksa of Communities In Schools, Mary Ellen Arvold of JUMPP, Dr. George Brown of JUMPP

The Juneau Community Foundation (JCF) has given a $5,000 grant to Juneau United Medical Providers and Parents (JUMPP) on behalf of the Great Blue Heron Fund, a donor advised fund of the Foundation. The grant will be used to help fund the efforts of JUMPP to provide behavioral health needs of Juneau families. JUMPP is an initiative of Communities In Schools of Juneau. Communities In Schools is seeking matching funds from the medical community.


JUMPP allows medical practices in Juneau to provide mental health supports for families before their needs are severe. The JUMPP project has developed a community-wide screening and referral system for health providers. An evidence-based screening tool is used during well-child check ups to surface and identify social-emotional issues or family stresses that are affecting a child’s mental or physical health. If a family would benefit from counseling, medical staff have a prescription pad to “prescribe” a JUMPP multi-family counseling session. With JUMPP resources, family physicians can refer patients to a reimbursable, family-centered counseling session or to other supportive community programs.

JUMPP connects physical and mental health needs to help prevent child abuse, poor mental health, and substance abuse. The JUMPP project provides accurate referral information and monthly, high-quality, multi-family counseling sessions. This grant will help JUMPP continue to offer individual counseling sessions as needed throughout the week.

Community partners have been building this system since 2009. JUMPP was developed by a long-standing coalition of agencies and medical providers interested in more effective collaboration for preventing substance abuse and improving health outcomes for all of Juneau’s children. The coalition that created JUMPP was made up of Communities In Schools of Juneau, the Southeast Alaska Association for the Education of Young Children; Juneau private practice physicians from Glacier Pediatrics, Valley Medical, Juneau Family Practice, and SEARHC; the Alaska State Office of Children’s Services; Alaska Public Health Nursing; and Partnerships for Families & Children. The core working group includes three pediatricians, a nurse practitioner, a psychologist, a public health nurse, non-profit and state-agency social workers, medical office staff, and non-profit administrators.

Over the past five years pediatrician’s offices performed over 1500 Brief Risk Screenings (with the JUMPP Checklist) and offered Anticipatory Guidance (a physician coaches the family on prevention and early intervention) as part of a well child checkup or other medical office visit. Brief Risk Screening and Anticipatory Guidance has been shown to be a powerful intervention in itself.

The Juneau Community Foundation, a local charitable organization, was created to promote philanthropy and effectively respond to the needs of our community to create a healthy, safe, and culturally rich environment. If you have questions or would like more information about the Juneau Community Foundation, visit www.juneaucf.org or call 523-5450.

Mary Ellen Arvold, PNP

George Brown, MD.

Elsa Demeksa, Executive Director


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