President’s Update for April 11, 2014

In this edition...

Canoe Paddle Workshops

In partnership with the One People Canoe Society, SEARHC Behavioral Health Prevention Program will be hosting several upcoming Canoe Paddle Workshops; in Kake (April 17-19), in Sitka (April 18-21), and in Klawock (April 24-26), to prepare for the 2014 Paddle to Celebration Canoe Journey.

The workshops are open to the public with their primary focus on the important job of making paddles to use during the paddle to Celebration 2014 in Juneau and future Canoe endeavors. The workshops will also include a twenty minute youth suicide prevention training each day. The Alaska Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention and Intervention training which features the QPR (Question Persuade Refer) approach, teaches participants the warning signs, risk factors and protective factors and then provides information on how to reduce the risk of suicide by use of questioning, persuading and referring.

For more information or if you wish to participate, please contact Rena Wallace at 966-8755 or 738-5593. You may also visit the Healthy Living Southeast Event Calendar for details.


Spring Mobile Mammogram Schedule

The WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program in partnership with the Breast Cancer Detection Center has set the Spring 2014 mobile mammography schedule. The mobile mammography van is what makes regular mammography screening services available to women who live in communities where they are not available year round and will visit Angoon from May 12-14, Haines from May 17-21, Kake on May 23 & 24, 2014.

For more information contact your local clinic, call the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program in Sitka at 966-8782 (or 1-888-388-8782, toll-free in Alaska), or e-mail the WISEWOMAN Health Program.


National Public Health Week

April 7-13, 2014 is National Public Health Week, a time to recognize all of those that work so hard behind the scenes, often invisibly, to keep us all healthy.

When public health does its job really well, a lot of negative outcomes are prevented from happening. Car crashes avoided, cancer clusters dissipated, community violence diminished, cases of type-2 diabetes absent, and asthma attacks averted.

When most people think about public health, or learn there’s a week to honor it, they probably think about flu shots, childhood vaccinations, and treatment of STDs. But the mission of public health is far broader. Healthy communities and homes, safe neighborhoods, good parks, quality jobs, good schools, efficient public transportation, clean air, water and soil—all the things we want for our families—are the embodiment of public health in action. When our communities become safer or the school food gets healthier, public health practitioners had a role in making it happen.

As a nation, we spend $2.8 trillion a year on health care – the vast majority for conditions that can be prevented. But what can be done to prevent needless suffering, avoidable injuries, preventable illnesses and runaway costs? That’s the ongoing agenda for prevention and public health advocates and our tireless staff that all have a hand in working in these areas. Please join me in recognizing and supporting them. Keep up the good work!


WIC Office reopened in Ketchikan

I am please to tell you that after a lengthy search for a new WIC Nutrition Educator, Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium’s WIC office in Ketchikan has reopened with Jessi Minshall at the helm.

SEARHC administers the program in Southeast Alaska, and helps many women apply as well as assists with any questions, concerns or issues that arise for individuals participating in the program.

Please call 225-3392 for an appointment in Ketchikan.

Charles Clement

Just a reminder...


ANTHC $5000 Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year

Applications are currently being accepted now through June 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm. Awards go towards the academic Fall 2014 – Summer 2015 school year. ANTHC grants these scholarships as an integral part of its long-term strategy to increase Alaska Natives and American Indians in the healthcare field. You may visit the ANTHC website for more information.


Shingles vaccine available until April 24, 2014

The State of Alaska has provided a one-time allocation of shingles vaccine (Zostavax) to Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka and Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau. There are several things you should know about the vaccine which we have made available at our online lifestyle magazine, Healthy Living Southeast, so please take a look at the information at your earliest convenience.

To get the vaccine you may request a nurse appointment in the MEH Outpatient Department in Sitka at 966-8318 or ELMC in Juneau at 463-6608. If you live in one of the villages and would like shingles vaccine, please contact your local clinic.