Indigenous Project LAUNCH


Thank you for your interest in Southcentral Foundation’s Indigenous Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health). This project is funded by a five-year federal grant provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. We are currently in our first year of the project. During this first year, we are working toward completing a community assessment which will help us devise and implement a strategic plan for the following years of the grant.

The purpose of Indigenous Project LAUNCH is to promote the wellness of young Alaska Native and American Indian children, from birth to eight years old, by supporting the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of development. The long-term goal of Indigenous Project LAUNCH is to ensure that all children enter school ready to learn and able to succeed.

Indigenous Project LAUNCH also seeks to improve coordination across child-serving systems, building infrastructure and increasing access to high-quality prevention and wellness promotion services for children and their families. To this end, we have established working relationships with many programs and services available in the Anchorage area.

Are you interested in becoming involved?

Become a Young Child Wellness Advisory Group Member

SCF’s Indigenous Project LAUNCH is looking for parents with children ages birth to eight and are interested in supporting this project. The Young Child Wellness Advisory Group will meet quarterly to help guide and expand this project. Significant parent participation will help ensure the project has direction and considers the parent(s) perspective and culture. The YCWAG will include representatives from the project, community partners, and other parents. If you are interested in serving on our parent advisory group, please contact the project director using information on the right side of the page.

Project LAUNCH’s Objectives

  • Increase access to screening, assessment, and referral to appropriate services for young children and families.
  • Expand use of culturally-relevant, evidence-based prevention, and wellness promotion practices in a range of child-serving settings.
  • Increase integration of behavioral health into primary care settings.
  • Improve coordination and collaboration across disciplines at the local, state, territorial, Tribal, and federal levels.
  • Increase workforce knowledge of children’s social and emotional development and skills to respond to behavioral health challenges of young children and families.

Project LAUNCH’s Five Prevention and Promotion Strategies

  • Screening and assessment in a range of child-serving settings
  • Integrate behavioral health into primary care
  • Promote mental health education and consultation in early care
  • Enhance home visiting with a focus on social and emotional well-being
  • Family strengthening and parent skills training

Project LAUNCH is guided by a unique, federal-level partnership among the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Administration for Children and Families, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.