President’s Update for February 21, 2014

In this edition...

Sitka Health Film Fest seeks entries from SE Alaskans

Through a Community Transformation Grant, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) has partnered with the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus to create the Sitka Health Film Fest. The festival will take place on March 27 and is currently looking for participation from communities all over Southeast Alaska.

Would you like to create a story that reflects wellness and health that you want to share? Enter your three to ten minute video or digital story that focuses on community level wellness, nutrition or physical activity for a public screening at the Sitka Health Film Fest on March 27th at 7:00pm at the UAS campus. The top vote getters at the screening will be featured as part of the Fall 2014 Sitka Health Summit and given an award.

For more information contact Martha at 966-8783. You may also find information and see examples of stories on our YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/SEARHCmedical as well as on the “Communities” page of SEARHC’s online lifestyle magazine, HealthyLivingSE.org.


Enter the “Race to Vaccinate!”

SEARHC along with the Vaccinate Alaska Coalition and the Alaska Vaccination Program invite you to enter your child in the Race to Vaccinate! Children through age 6 that are up to date on their vaccinations according to the State of Alaska immunization schedule are eligible to enter the race.

Parents of children up to age 6 who are up-to-date on their vaccinations can enter their child in a drawing to win a free toy husky dog that wears a collar signed by four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser. A drawing will be held at the end of the Iditarod to determine the winner. Children with up-to-date vaccinations may be entered during a health care visit to Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Outpatient Department. Please ask your nurse about entering at the time of the visit.

For more information, visit http://www.healthylivingse.org/sitka/2014/2/21/enter-the-race-to-vaccinate
If your child needs vaccinations, please schedule a well-child exam with your provider. Needed vaccinations can be provided at these visits. If you have questions regarding your child’s immunization status, please call Laurie Hood, RN, 966-8738.


Pharmacy at Ethel Lund Medical Center to open on weekends

Beginning Saturday, March 1, the pharmacy at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau will be expanding its hours to include weekends. The ELMC pharmacy hours will mirror the hours the clinic operates and will be open from 9:00am – 5:00pm on Saturdays and 12:00pm – 4:00pm on Sundays. This is the second time in the past several months that SEARHC has expanded pharmacy hours in Juneau.

Charles Clement

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Talking Circle for Elders

Tea-Time: A Talking Circle for Elders is also being facilitated by SEARHC’s Beverly Rivard, LCSW, MAC, and will begin on Wednesday Feb 19 from 3:30-5PM at the Senior Center in Klawock. This is a community support group for sharing stories, processing ideas and feelings related to loss and change, and celebrating life's joyful moments in an accepting non-judgmental format. Snacks and beverages will be provided. No pre-registration is necessary, just come and enjoy!


Upcoming Lifestyle Balance Classes

Lifestyle Balance Program is offering in Juneau beginning on February 26 and in Sitka beginning on March 11. These hands-on classes will run every Tuesday for 16 weeks. These classes will help anyone that has been diagnosed with pre-diabetes to delay or avoid the onset of diabetes. Participants will receive individual support from a Lifestyle Coach who will provide support in learning healthy lifestyle skills. For more information and to check eligibility, please contact the program facilitators: In Sitka call or email Maybelle Filler at 966-8739 or mayf@searhc.org and in Juneau either Tiffany Nelson at 364-4459 or tnelson@searhc.org or Kathy Dennis at 364-4453 or kathryn.dennis@searhc.org.


Podiatry Clinics

SEARHC has arranged for Dr. Kelly Moxley from the Juneau Foot and Ankle Center to travel to some of our clinics to provide foot care to high risk diabetes patients. The next clinic will be in Sitka on February 27th and 28th, with Klawock, Kake, and Haines following. Dr. Moxley will return to Sitka again in August. While high risk diabetes patients are a priority for these clinics, others wishing to see Dr. Moxley may be able to be seen as the schedule permits. For anyone wishing to make an appointment, please refer to the Podiatry Clinic schedule on the Specialty Clinic Schedule pages of our website and call the clinic for an appointment.


Shingles vaccine available until April 24th, 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. Shingles vaccine is very fragile and must be maintained within strict guidelines, which makes shipping difficult to outlying communities. If you live in one of the villages and would like shingles vaccine, please contact your local clinic.

There are several things you should know about the vaccine (including how to get it of you live outside Juneau or Sitka) which we have made available on 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 Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau at 463-6608.


Starting 2014 off on the right foot

You’re invited to participate in “Walk for the Health of it,” a planned walking event that lasts for six weeks and runs from January 11th through February 24th. All you have to do is set your own goal, join other walkers at Dimond Park Field House (2961 Riverside Drive) every Tuesday from 4:30-6:30 PM, and turn in your weekly log. Your log not only tracks your progress, but is combined with all of the others from that week for a weekly prize drawing. For more information visit the "Walk for the Health of it" website or contact Tiffany Nelson at 364-4459.