President’s Update for Jan. 22, 2011

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In this edition … ASIST suicide intervention workshop Jan. 22-23 in Angoon: This weekend Angoon hosted an ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) workshop for local residents from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 22-23, at the Angoon Business Center. The ASIST workshop helps people learn suicide “first aid,” to keep an at-risk person safe while helping find the person further help. This training helps responders learn invitations for help from an at-risk person to reach out and offer the proper support. ASIST is a best practices program through the National Suicide Prevention Resource Center. SEARHC Community Family Service Workers (CFSWs) Lenora Walker of Angoon and Dinah Aceveda of Kake led the workshop. The normal cost of this workshop is $300 per participant, but it was provided for free through the sponsorship of the SEARHC Community Family Services program, SEARHC Behavioral Health Prevention/Suicide Prevention program, SEARHC Injury Prevention program, City of Angoon and Angoon Business Center. Back to top Board meets on POW: This week the SEARHC Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on Prince of Wales Island. In addition to the regular business meetings, the board also accepted the invitation of the several tribes on POW to hold joint board, tribe, and community meetings. Members were present for a ribbon-cutting event in Hydaburg to open the new health center. Due to inclement weather and road conditions, the Accreditation Governing Body was not able to meet in Kasaan. During the week, the board was able to meet with members of the Hydaburg Cooperative Association, Craig Community Association and the Klawock Cooperative Association. Back to top New surgery technology in use at S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital: This week, one of our surgeons used a new harmonic scalpel while doing the hospital’s first laparoscopic ventral hernia repair surgery. The harmonic scalpel is an electronic scalpel that cuts and seals the tissue at the same time, which prevents bleeding. Normally, this procedure results in a midline incision for the patient, but with our new laparoscopic tower and harmonic scalpel we can do this procedure less invasively, and that means the patient heals quicker. Back to top Three earn Dental Health Aide II certification: Congratulations to three of our SEARHC Dental employees who earned their DHA II (Dental Health Aide II) certifications on Jan. 12. Our new DHA IIs are Selma Stonebreaker and Tatiana Perkins of Sitka, and Kimberly Moler of Kake. Back to top SEARHC hosts Gene Tagaban on POW: SEARHC will host noted Tlingít performer and artist, Gene Tagaban, for workshops and performances in the “Art of Storytelling” Jan. 27-28 in Hydaburg, Craig and Klawock. While on Prince of Wales Island (POW), Tagaban will provide two free community performances — at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Hydaburg School gym (before that night’s Yakutat at Hydaburg basketball games) and at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, at the Klawock School gym. Tagaban also will visit schools in Hydaburg, Craig and Klawock to provide a series of workshops for local students about how to use stories to promote healthy messages, such as preventing suicide or promoting healthy physical activity. Tagaban also is planning similar workshop/performance visits to Petersburg, Wrangell, Kake, Angoon, Hoonah, Juneau and Sitka in early February. Details of those events will be released once schedules are finalized. For more information about the shows, please call SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s and Colorectal Health Program’s Becky Koslovich at 966-8936. For more information about Gene Tagaban and his workshops, go to http://www.genetagaban.com/. Back to top National Wear Red Day potluck lunch Feb. 4 in Juneau: The SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health, Diabetes and Lifestyle Balance programs are joining millions of Americans in the celebration of National Wear Red Day. The three SEARHC programs are teaming up to host “The Heart Truth” Red Food Potluck Luncheon at noon on Friday, Feb. 4, at the SEARHC Ethel Lund Medical Center Conference Room in Juneau. Women and men are encouraged to bring their favorite heart-healthy red dishes (red salmon, red beans, tomatoes, cherries, strawberries, cranberries, etc.) and wear red clothes to this event. In addition to door prizes and a contest for the best healthy red food dish, Doreen Lingley-Nathlaang will speak about her experiences as a survivor of heart disease. For more information about this event, contact Sarah Paddock of the SEARHC Lifestyle Balance diabetes prevention program at 364-4459. Back to top WISEFAMILIES program and Kake Schools team up: On Jan. 19, the SEARHC WISEFAMILIES Through Customary and Traditional Knowledge program and Kake Schools hosted local hunter Scott Jackson as he showed 49 students and their teachers how to skin and process a deer. The presentation was filmed for part of a “how-to” book being compiled by the WISEFAMILIES program. Teacher Emily Davis and SEARHC Community Wellness Advocate Georgie Davis-Gastelum arranged the presentation for students in grades 2-12. Scott is a former Village Public Safety Officer, so he talked about safety on the boat and during the hunt, respect for the animal and other issues besides the processing of the meat. Back to top Front Street Clinic to participate in Second Annual Project Homeless Connect: The SEARHC Front Street Clinic will host three tables at the Second Annual Project Homeless Connect, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24, at Centennial Hall in Juneau. Project Homeless Connect is an effort of the Juneau Homeless Coalition that serves two purposes — a census of the current homeless population and connecting individuals to services and resources. Front Street Clinic will host tables highlighting its medical, dental and behavioral health services. Each table will offer resources and screenings relevant to each professional discipline. The dental table will do oral screenings; the medical table will offer hemoglobin, glucose and blood pressure screenings; and the behavioral health will offer basic mental health screenings. In addition, Front Street Clinic will provide small hygienic give-aways and hand warmers for homeless people attending the event. For more information about Project Homeless Connect, go to http://www.jedc.org/housing-connect. Back to top NIHB selects Cathy Abramson as new chair: Cathy Abramson of the Bemidji, Minnesota, area was elected chair of the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) on Monday, Jan. 17, at the organization’s winter board meeting in Washington, D.C. Abramson, a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, has served on her tribe’s council since 1996, largely focusing on health, youth, education and elder issues. She has served on NIHB for two years. The organization advocates on behalf of tribes for improved Indian health policy from the nation’s capital. Sally Smith from the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation represents the Alaska Native Health Board on NIHB and is a previous chair for the organization. Back to top Regards, Roald