President’s Update for August 16, 2013

In this edition...

Summer Internship Spotlight on Mary Ferguson of Sitka

Please join me in recognizing Mary Ferguson of Sitka. Mary was one of five students who participated in the third annual SEARHC Summer Internship Program for Native students interested in pursuing a healthcare career. She interned in the Radiology and Human Resources departments and plans to enter a Radiology certification program in fall or spring.

Mary is one of three college and two high school students in the 8-week, paid internship program. The other college students are Christine Hanson who works in physical therapy at the Haines clinic; and Karissa Jackson who works in nursing at Ethel Lund Medical Center, Juneau. Shaenel Gamble and Tiadola Silva interned as Patient Access Representatives at the Angoon Clinic. Both are seasoned, three time participants in the program.

photo of Sitka student intern, Mary Ferguson

“The internships provide hands on, real world experience in a work setting,” SEARHC Tribal Recruitment Coordinator Jessika Beam says. “Ideally, the experience should enable participants to use their current knowledge and skills, or to become better acquainted with their field of interest. SEARHC is investing in its future workforce by providing these kinds of opportunities for students and I am very honored to be a part ofthe process.” To learn more about the program, go to You may contact Jessika at 966-8903 or email

BCDC Pink Mobile Mammogram Unit Recently in Hoonah

The BCDC pink mobile unit set up in the parking lot of the SEARHC clinic in Hoonah on August 3rd, 4th and 5th. The community seemed pleased with the weekend opportunity. Fifty-one women received mammograms, more than each of the last three years! Thirty-two women of the total 51 who received mammograms are also completing the WISEWOMAN annual workup. Some of the women are enjoying free pool fitness passes given away at the event. Four lucky women won a $20 gift certificate and one $50 Hoonah trading card.

Please join me in thanking SEARHC Hoonah clinic personnel who helped before, during, and after the event and Rose Foss, SEARHC LPN who traveled to Hoonah to work the weekend event. Provider Jeff Chelmo and Cal Curt also helped with orders, while Sandy, Anasia and Lily assisted providers with labs afterwards.

Klukwan to Host 1st Annual Blueberry Festival

On August 30 & 31, 2013 the 1st Annual Blueberry Festival will be held in Klukwan. The idea came from a brainstorming idea for activities and events to hold in Klukwan, under the SEARHC Behavioral Health Prevention SPF/SIG grant. The Festival is open to all Chilkat Valley residents. Several businesses in Haines have donated prizes or offered discounts on Blueberry or Blue items in their stores for the festival days.

The Klukwan SEARHC Behavior Health Prevention (BHP) program, along with the SEARHC WISEWOMAN program in Haines and the SEARHC DV Prevention Program in Haines, Klukwan Organizations and several volunteers have been busy organizing events
for the two day festival. Events include a Blueberry pancake feed, Blueberry Jams/Jellies Contest, Blueberry Dessert Contest, Blueberry Arts & Crafts Contest, Blueberry Photo contest and MUCH more. For more information visit the Klukwan Blueberry Festival on Facebook at

Kake 2nd Annual Adult Culture Camp by SEARHC WISEFAMILIES

The 2nd Annual Adult Culture Camp by SEARHC WISEFAMILIES and the Organized Village of Kake will be held August 23rd-24th and 26th. Last year there were 9 demonstrations on processing fish including smoked strips, newspaper style and boiled fish. This year the camp is hoping to have a deer or a moose to process, as well as smoked fish demonstrations. On day 3, August 26th a safe food processing class will be held where meat and fish will be pressure canned. The safe food processing class is made possible by a SEARHC Community Transformation Grant covering pressure canners and instructor stipends. Signup sheets are available at the post office. Contact Georgie DavisGastelum at 785-6516 for additional information.

Traditional Food Guide Calendar and Tlingit Traditional Foods Poster are Available

SEARHC Traditional Foods Program recently published a Traditional Food Guide Calendar and a Tlingit Traditional foods poster. The guide and poster will be distributed to help promote harvesting and eating traditional, local foods. To view or download a copy of the guide and poster please visit

POW Elder Traditional Food Use Survey Results

The results of the Prince of Wales (POW) Elder Traditional Food Use Survey are in. The survey was funded by a SEARHC Community Transformation Grant (CTG). Thursday, August 22nd at 1pm interested community members are invited to join the SEARHC Health Promotion program for a presentation in the Craig/Klawock Senior Center Reading Room. There will be a time for questions and comments. Door prizes will be drawn and we hope to see you there.

Charles Clement
Charles Clement President/CEO
3100 Channel Drive, Ste. 300
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 463-4000

Just a reminder...

SEARHC Online Specialty Clinic Schedules

SEARHC frequently brings in traveling medical specialists to hold specialty clinics at a variety of facilities. This can save the expense and inconvenience of flying to Anchorage or Seattle for services not available in Southeast. Some SEARHC medical providers make regular trips to smaller, remote clinics to provide specialty services that aren’t normally available in those villages. All specialty clinics, except for medical field trips and specified dental clinics, must be referred through a SEARHC provider (no self-referrals).

If you would like to check the Specialty Clinic Schedules you can find them on They are listed under both the “Services” menu and the “Patient Information” menu and at the following links: Dental Clinic Field Trips, Medical Field Trips, Juneau Specialty Clinics and Sitka Specialty Clinics.