Alaska 2-1-1 Day
Effective Date: Friday, February 11th, 2011
WHEREAS, it is of vital importance that the basic health and human needs of every Alaskan be addressed; and
WHEREAS, the centralized information and referral line provided by United Way of Anchorage’s Alaska 2-1-1 connects Alaskans with the health and social services they need; and
WHEREAS, since its start in 2007, Alaska 2-1-1 has handled over 40,000 calls and helped Alaskans connect to essential social services; and
WHEREAS, when Alaskans call Alaska 2-1-1, they can receive referrals for basic needs, physical and mental health resources, financial stability services, support for elderly, disabled, youth, and families, as well as community crisis or disaster recovery support; and
WHEREAS, Alaska 2-1-1 serves as a comprehensive statewide portal for Alaska’s entire health and human services delivery system, provides Alaskans with relevant and appropriate options for managing needs, and reduces confusion, duplication, frustration, and inaccessibility of services; and
WHEREAS, Alaska 2-1-1 collects extensive data about health and social service needs and the ability to meet those needs across Alaska. It is a critical resource for Alaskans when planning for a health and social service delivery system that meets the needs of our community in an efficient and effective manner.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim February 11, 2011 as:
Alaska 2-1-1 Day
in Alaska, and encourage individuals to utilize and raise public awareness about the existence and importance of Alaska 2-1-1 information and referral services.
Dated: February 9, 2011