President’s Update for April 19, 2013

In this edition...

The Telling Our Stories -- As Leaders

The "Telling Our Stories – As Leaders, As Organizations, and As A Sector" training will be presented next week by the Foraker Group and a team of SEARHC staff and Community Transformation Grant Advisory Team members will attend. From the organizers: "The best way to engage clients, partners, donors, and volunteers in our organization is to tell a story. Through stories we clearly communicate how we’re making a difference. And yet, telling our stories in a way that connects people with our mission can be a challenge."

The success of the SEARHC Community Transformation Grant hinges on engaging community organizations to make population based changes to make healthy living easier. Equipping our SEARHC and CTG Advisory Team with strong communication tools is a key step towards this goal.


Haines Health Center is hosting an OB/GYN clinic

Haines Health Center is hosting an OB/GYN clinic this coming week with Dr. Smith. Dr. Ainsworth will also be around during the week for ENT clinic.  Last week Dr. Templin was there for a rheumatology clinic and Dr. Farr for optometry clinic. They’re also hosting a PA student from Emory University for the next 5 weeks. Staff are continuing to use the electronic health record with great success.


Kyla Westcott, Community Health Aide Practitioner from Pelican

Our own Kyla Westcott, Community Health Aide Practitioner from Pelican was nominated by Dr. Russ Bowman for the Statewide CHAP Shining Star Program. Among hers, there were several other nominations that were submitted to a panel of judges from various locations throughout the State, but Kyla was selected as the award recipient. The Rising Star award went to Nikkitta Holguin from TCC. Both young ladies did all of their training at the SEARHC CHA training center and are now CHPs. Kyla and Nikkitta were honored on April 17, at the Shining Star Award ceremony held in Anchorage during the CHAP Forum. Congratulations Kyla and Nikkitta.

Charles Clement

Just a reminder...


Applications are still available for the SEARHC Summer Internship Program

The SEARHC Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for six Native students who are studying at the high school, bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree/clinical level. The program allows participants to explore career options in health care, and the interns receive valuable on-the-job training in their health care career of interest and a minimal hourly stipend. At the end of the program, interns will receive a performance evaluation with valuable feedback from their mentor(s). Students must be enrolled tribal members or descendants as certified through a Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) and currently be enrolled full-time in high school, college or vocational school with a minimum GPA of 2.5. To apply, students must complete a SEARHC Summer Internship Application, a SEARHC job application, provide two letters of recommendation (from teachers, counselors, employers, tribal leaders, etc.), a copy of the student’s current resume and a copy of the student’s current college transcripts.

The application deadline is Friday, May 10 (the application must be received or postmarked by this date), and the final selection of interns takes place on May 17. The internship program runs from June through September 2013. Completed applications may be mailed to Jessika Beam (966-8903) at SEARHC, c/o Human Resources Department, 222 Tongass Drive, Sitka, AK 99835. Applications also can be faxed to 966-8527, or scanned and e-mailed to jessika.beam@searhc.org. Because space is limited, interested students should apply early. Application packets are available at Southeast Alaska high school offices, through local tribal organizations or by going to http://searhc.org/students/summer-internships.


SEARHC hosts 24/7 crisis help line, toll-free at 1-877-294-0074:

A personal or family crisis doesn't always happen during clinic hours, so the SEARHC Behavioral Health Division has contracted with a crisis call center to provide help for Southeast Alaska residents when they need it most. The SEARHC Help Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it will be staffed with a team of master's-degree-level mental health therapists who will listen and provide effective, compassionate care. This line provides confidential telephone counseling for people during a time of mental health crisis, and it is not just an answering service. The counselors will assess the situation and provide appropriate intervention using protocols developed with SEARHC Behavioral Health. Follow-up calls from SEARHC Behavioral Health or our partner agencies will be made the next business day. For more information, contact SEARHC Behavioral Health/Suicide Prevention Program Manager Wilbur Brown at 966-8753.


SEARHC provides 24/7 on-call travel coordinators for patients traveling for care:

SEARHC has a 24/7 on-call travel coordinator to assist patients needing after-hours help while traveling for a medical appointment. The on-call staff person helps patients find new connections when a plane is diverted by weather, or assists with late-night housing. For assistance, call 1-800-916-8566 (toll-free in Alaska) or 1-907-966-8345 in Sitka, and then follow the prompts. To help us better help you, please call as soon as you know your travel schedule has been changed. For patients needing assistance from the Community Resources Program (contract health), such as emergency health care while traveling, call 1-866-966-8316 (toll-free).