Alaska Eating Disorders Alliance

aka AKEDA   |   Anchorage, AK   |  https://www.akeatingdisordersalliance.org/

Mission

Providing support, education and advocacy to help Alaskans address and overcome eating disorders.

Ruling year info

2019

Co-Founder/Board President

Beth Rose

Main address

440 Oceanview Dr

Anchorage, AK 99515 USA

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EIN

84-3178623

NTEE code info

Eating Disorder, Addiction (F53)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Eating disorders are wildly misunderstood, complex psychological, biological and social illnesses that pose serious health and physical risks to individuals. Help for those who are struggling with this brain-based disorder in Alaska are extremely minimal, with a limited network of health care providers to identify and treat eating disorders or provide support and information to families and friends. As a result, individuals and members of their support network often struggle with isolation, despair, and serious health risks.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community and professional education on eating disorders

AKEDA provides community education presentations to build awareness of eating disorders and promote body positivity. We work with schools, community organizations, mental health providers, physicians, and other community partners to provide awareness activities as well as professional development.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

AKEDA currently holds a monthly facilitated Friends & Family support group for Alaskans supporting a loved one with an eating disorder.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Families

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Member of Foraker Group 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Hours of support group services offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Families

Related Program

Support groups

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Hours based on 1-hour monthly support groups for Friends & Family members

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Health

Related Program

Community and professional education on eating disorders

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes presentations with community groups, Body Project trainings, university classes, and professionals involved in eating disorder diagnosis and treatment.

Number of rallies/events/conferences/lectures held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with diseases and illnesses, Work status and occupations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Alaska Eating Disorders Alliance aims to provide access to resources and support to help Alaskans address and overcome eating disorders. We do this through providing education, advocacy, and support.

Education -- AKEDA offers educational awareness activities and presentations with community and school groups and provides free eating disorder presentations and webinars to partners in the therapist and medical communities. In addition, we provide free training to community members statewide who are interested in leading the Body Project, an evidence-based eating disorder prevention program. Professional development workshops and conferences offering CEU and CME to increase capacity of the Alaskan community to identify and treat eating disorders are also offered. We offer Family Education programs to increase knowledge and skills for Alaskan families to support a loved one working towards recovery.

Advocacy -- AKEDA participates in annual advocacy efforts spearheaded by the Eating Disorder Coalition to advance federal policy initiatives that improve the access and quality of eating disorder treatments.

Support -- AKEDA offers monthly support groups for family & friends of Alaskans experiencing eating disorders. We provide individualized responses to individuals looking for information about local resources or eating disorder information. We maintain a website with information to help Alaskans find help, including updated lists of local therapists, doctors, dietitians, and psychiatrists who serve eating disorder populations.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    AKEDA serves as a local resource for individual and families in Alaska who are struggling with an eating disorder or supporting a loved one with an eating disorder. Eating disorders are wildly misunderstood, complex psychological, biological and social illnesses that pose serious health and physical risks to individuals. Help for those who are struggling with this brain-based disorder in Alaska are extremely minimal, with a limited network of health care providers to identify and treat eating disorders or provide support and information to families and friends. As a result, individuals and members of their support network often struggle with isolation, despair, and serious health risks.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    AKEDA recently hosted a professional development conference for the therapeutic community to increase capacity in the state to treat those with eating disorders. After the conference, we posed a survey to participants. Survey results are being used to help improve registration and communication of our next scheduled professional development training.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Alaska Eating Disorders Alliance

Board of directors
as of 4/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Beth Rose

Alaska Eating Disorders Alliance

Term: 2020 - 2020

Jenny Loudon

Consultant

Katie Bell

Psychotherapist

Grace Schumacher

Registered Dietitian

Evelyn Abello

Consultant

Beth Rose

Consultant

Meg Carlson-Cosentino

Family Practice Physician

Rachel Lescher

Pediatric Endocrinologist

Jason Lessard

Non-profit Executive Director

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/16/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/16/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.