President’s Update for August 01, 2014

In this edition...

Successful HRSA Site Visit

SEARHC recently completed its first ever Operational Site Visit conducted by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), the agency that provides grant funding dedicated to the operation of our primary care clinics outside of Juneau and Sitka. The goal was to assess SEARHC’s overall compliance with HRSA’s 19 Program Requirements, which encompass the areas of clinical services, finance, and administration/governance.

The clinical surveyor visited the clinics in Hoonah, Klawock, and Hydaburg. The financial and administrative/governance surveyors conducted extensive interviews in Sitka with staff, the leadership team, and Board Members.

The Operational Site Visit was successful in many ways with SEARHC meeting the expected standards on 18 of the 19 measured criteria! The one item noted for improvement is in the process of being fully resolved now. The surveyors were impressed, telling us that many healthcare organizations our size typically only score 13 or 14 out of 19 total measures.

Many thanks to all the staff across multiple departments who helped prepare for the site visit, and congratulations to all SEARHC staff for this success!


Sobriety Walk & Picnic

All are welcome to join the “Sobriety Walk & Picnic” at Sandy Beach in Juneau on Saturday, August 9th. The event will be hosted by the SEARHC Behavioral Health Suicide Prevention Program. The purpose of the event is to acknowledge those loved ones lost to suicide and addiction, and to encourage those who are actively on the road to recovery.

The group will be gathering at Noon, and the walk begins at 1:00 PM. Following the walk will be food and beverages, traditional drumming, and games for all ages. There will also be a balloon release during which participants can remember and publicly acknowledge loved ones lost to addiction and suicide.


Promoting Positive Communication

On July 24th, SEARHC hosted a table at the Hydaburg Culture Camp. The theme was “Positive Communication: Healthy Communities.” Those visiting the SEARHC table were encouraged to make "Talking Sticks" to take back to their homes in order to promote positive communication. Over 60 people visited the table and made sticks; each of them was also given a handout that explained how a talking stick is to be used. The participants really enjoyed the activity and appreciated the promotion of positive communication.

Thanks goes to CFSW Forest Anderson from Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock for making this project a success.

Charles Clement

Just a reminder...


Help with Health Insurance at the Fair

SEARHC is hosting a booth at the SE Alaska Fair from July 31st – August 2nd to assist people with questions about the Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance Marketplace. Some people now have insurance for the first time and are not clear about how to use it or find the paperwork confusing. Additionally there are those that have not signed up and are wondering if they are still able to do so. SEARHC staff members will be on hand to help explain it all. Information will also be available regarding filing exemptions, and tax fines for not having health insurance coverage. For more information you may call or email SEARHC Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator, Andrea Thomas at (907) 966-8883.


Healthcare App from SEARHC

SEARHC has a web-based Nurse Triage Smartphone application (or app) for your Smartphone called “Healthcare on the Hip.” It contains an extensive library which can help you assess health concerns whenever & wherever your mobile device can get service. It is a convenient tool to help you decide whether you should contact your provider or can treat something at home. To download the web-based Smartphone app, you can visit the Nurse Triage Line page to learn how.


Summer Mobile Mammogram Schedule

The mobile mammography van will visit Hydaburg on 8/1, Klawock from 8/2-8/8, Hoonah from 8/12-8/15, Skagway on 8/18, and Haines on 8/20-8/25. For more information contact your local clinic, the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program in Sitka at 966-8782 (1-888-388-8782, toll-free in Alaska), or e-mail the WISEWOMAN Health Program.


Sitka Senior Walking Group

The Injury Prevention Falls Prevention Program kicked off the “Sitka Senior Walking Group” at the Sitka Memorial National Park in June, and there will be weekly walks for the rest of the summer. Walkers of all ages and activity levels are welcome to meet outside the National Park Visitor’s center on Tuesdays at 10:15AM. For more information contact SEARHC’s Injury Prevention program at (907) 966-8866


Free Health Insurance for Alaska Natives/American Indians

Alaska Natives and American Indians may be eligible for free additional health insurance coverage through a trial program known as Tribally Sponsored Health Insurance Program (T-SHIP). Anyone interested in being screened for health insurance coverage should call Andrea Thomas at (907) 966-8883 or email email Andrea.