President’s Update for Aug. 7, 2010

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Skagway Traditional Council community meeting: The Skagway Traditional Council (STC) held a community services meeting for tribal members on Saturday, Aug. 7. SEARHC provided an update on health services in the community and region. We discussed the local contract provider options and plans for itinerant SEARHC providers in the community. Staff at the meeting included Libby Watanabe, Frank Sutton, Dr. David Vastola, Dr. Tom Bornstein, Melody Price-Yonts, and I. We shared a new community resources information brochure on services specific to Skagway, elder health services, our annual report, and recent newsletters. Our medical, behavioral health and dental staff were on hand to answer individual questions and to assist our patients. We appreciate the opportunity to join STC members during their annual services meeting. This week is National Health Center Week: SEARHC is honoring the 45th anniversary of the creation of the health centers during the week of Aug. 8–14. The celebration recognizes the service and contribution of community, migrant, homeless, and public housing health centers for providing access to affordable, high-quality, cost-effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people in the United States. This year’s theme is “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Turning the Vision into Reality.” SEARHC has community health centers located throughout Southeast Alaska in communities such as Angoon, Juneau (Front Street Clinic, which provides care to homeless patients), Haines, Hydaburg, Kake, Kasaan, Klawock, Klukwan, Pelican and Thorne Bay. For more information about National Health Center Week, contact Patricia Atkinson at (907) 966-8662 or Rachelle Whitson at (907) 966-8948. SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program helps host “Rally For The Cure” in Haines: The SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program is teaming up with Valley of the Eagles Golf Links and Driving Range in Haines to host the “Rally For The Cure” Summer Scramble Golf Outing at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14. This tournament at Valley of the Eagles Golf links helps raise money for the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to curing breast cancer. The event also promotes the mobile mammogram van’s visit Aug. 30–Sept. 13 to Haines and Sept. 14–17 to Skagway. For information, contact Pam Sloper of the WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program at (907) 766-6367. Special well-child and other pediatric exams available on POW in August: Nancy Cavanaugh, a pediatric nurse practitioner at the SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe High School Student Health Center in Sitka will be on Prince of Wales Island on Aug. 16–19 to provide special well-child exams, sports physicals, and immunizations in Klawock and Hydaburg. These special well-child exam clinics are covered by the Indian Health Services for all Native patients, by most private insurance plans, and by Denali KidCare or Medicaid for Native and non-Native families that meet income requirements. To schedule appointments, call the Alicia Roberts Medical Center (ARMC) at (907) 755-4800 or the Hydaburg Health Center at (907) 285-3462. SEARHC to help host suicide intervention training Aug. 19–20 in Klawock: SEARHC Behavioral Health Prevention Specialist Brenda Leask and Community Family Service Worker Anna Trudeau are helping to coordinate an ASIST (Applied Suicide intervention Skills Training) workshop Aug. 19–20 at the Prince of Peace Assembly of God Church hall in Klawock. The class will have 16–20 participants and three trainers with many participants from the Klawock Tribal Youth Program that Leask helps lead as part of her duties with SEARHC. ASIST is designed to help first responders work with people who may be contemplating suicide, so they can help defuse the situation and get the person help. ASIST is an international skills program that teaches first responders the best ways to help someone who is in crisis. For more information, go to http://akasist.com/ or http://www.livingworks.net/. To learn more about this training event, contact Anna Trudeau at (907) 755-4952. SEARHC to train WELL-Balanced volunteer coaches in Sitka: SEARHC Diabetes Health Educator Renae Mathson and Community Injury Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Young will lead a training Aug. 26–27 in Sitka for volunteer coaches who will teach the WELL-Balanced program in communities across the region. WELL (Wise Elders Living Longer) Balanced is a community intervention program from the National Resource Center on Native American Aging designed to help Native elders improve movement, encourage exercise and help reduce their risk for falls. The volunteer coaches will help elders learn safe movement techniques, remove tripping hazards from the environment, and lead exercise programs with balance training. The volunteer coaches will teach a 16-session, eight-week course in their home communities. Renae and Jennifer hope to train 4–6 coaches each for Sitka, Kake, Angoon, Prince of Wales Island and other Southeast communities. For more information or to sign up for the training, contact Jennifer at (907) 966-8866 or Renae at (907) 966-8797. Health Promotion to offer free health screenings in Haines: The SEARHC Health Promotion program will offer free health screenings for adults (age 18 or older) on Sept. 1–2 in Haines. Health screenings will take place at the Chilkat Center for the Arts. Participants are encouraged to call early to schedule 20-minutes appointments, though walk-in patients will be seen when there are gaps in the schedule. The screenings feature a simple blood test that gives people their non-fasting glucose, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and blood pressure results. To schedule an appointment, contact Mandy Ramsey at (907) 766-6317. Regards, Roald