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Engaging Providers with Essential Eating Disorder Training

Members of the BBAHC Diabetes Wellness Program in attendance at the May training.

On-Site Training in Dillingham with Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation (BBAHC)

As part of our on-going eating disorders training program with the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation (BBAHC), on May 16th and 17th, AKEDA traveled with Dr. Margaret Carlson Cosentino to Dillingham to provide in-person training for BBAHC staff. Additionally, Dr. Carlson participated in morning rounds, engaging with the hospitalists and providers at BBAHC and addressing their questions about eating disorders and patient support.

Over the past few months, our training program with BBAHC has successfully engaged several providers from varying practices. The diabetes team, in particular, shared that the training opened their eyes to reconsidering previous thoughts about body image and screening more of their patients for eating disorders. As a result, they have begun collaborating more closely with their behavioral health team to provide cohesive support for patients with eating disorders. This increased communication and awareness has already led to the identification and intervention of patients previously overlooked, allowing the team to connect them with resources and support their recovery journey.

Dr. Margaret Carlson Cosentino presenting to BBAHC providers on-site in Dillingham.

This partnership program with BBAHC was made possible by a grant from the GCI Suicide Prevention Fund of The Alaska Community Foundation. Thank you to GCI and The Alaska Community Foundation for your continued support of AKEDA!


In-person attendees for the Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) training with psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth Wassenaar.

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) Training Success!

On June 5th, AKEDA hosted a hybrid training event on Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) with psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth Wassenaar from the Eating Recovery Center. It was an incredibly informative and engaging presentation focused on ARFID as well its co-occurrence in individuals who are neurodivergent and individuals with trauma. 

We were thrilled to have 37 providers attend in-person and virtually, representing our state from Juneau all the way to Nome!



To learn about our upcoming trainings click the button below!

Becca Kirian, MFN, RDN-AP

Executive Director at Alaska Eating Disorders Alliance

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