President’s Update for Jan. 29, 2011

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In this edition … Angoon elders can ask a pharmacist: Angoon elders will be able to ask a pharmacist about their medications when SEARHC pharmacist Jenalyn Greenwood is in town for a presentation at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Angoon Senior Center. Snacks will be provided at this information session and discussion about medication safety, drug side effects, contraindications and your health. For more information, contact Kake/Angoon Elder Care Services Nurse Auriella Hughes at 966-8934 or 738-7333. Back to top Skagway Borough Assembly adopts clean indoor air ordinance: At its Jan. 20 meeting, the Skagway Borough Assembly unanimously passed a comprehensive clean indoor air ordinance that goes into effect in 90 days (on April 20th). The ordinance includes all places of employment including restaurants, bars and clubs, but it does exempt single-employee workplaces that are not open to the public without an appointment. During the meeting, the assembly also rejected (5-1) a motion to take the ordinance to a public vote in May. Assembly member Collette Hinsman led the effort. SEARHC, NCADD in Juneau and the Alaska Cancer Society Action Network all provided technical assistance by phone to the assembly member. Back to top Juneau Dental to host dental fair for young children: In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, the SEARHC Juneau Dental Clinic is hosting a children’s dental health fair from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the SEARHC Juneau Dental Clinic. The fair is free and is geared for children ages 5 or younger. Refreshments will be provided, and all participating children will receive a toothbrush and other goodies. Dudley the Dinosaur also plans to make an appearance. During the children’s dental health fair, kids will be given dental chair rides, will learn how to take care of their teeth, see a skit, play games, color their snack bags and do other fun activities to learn about good oral health. For more information, call Lexi Olsen at the SEARHC Juneau Dental Clinic at 463-4049. Back to top Alaska Board of Nursing approves more clinics for limited radiology by nurses: Last week in Anchorage, the Alaska Board of Nursing decided to allow nurses in Angoon, Kake and Hoonah to perform limited radiology services as part of an expanded scope of practice. This action adds three new sites to two previously approved in June 2010 (Haines and Klawock). By allowing this expanded scope of practice in our rural communities we can provide basic x-rays in the community so our patients don’t have to fly into Sitka or Juneau. In addition to allowing nurses to take x-rays in Angoon, Kake and Hoonah, the Board of Nursing also approved annual updates (number of nurses, number of x-rays taken, number of retakes, etc.) from the Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock and Haines Health Center. It also approved using the University of Alaska Anchorage Limited Radiology Program as an accepted course of study and alternative to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium course. Back to top WISE At Every Size program receives approval from CDC as group intervention: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved the addition of WISE At Every Size to the list of WISEWOMAN program-funded activities. SEARHC received funding to launch WISE At Every Size in 2006 under the U.S. Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health “Innovative Approaches to a Healthy Weight in Women” RFA (request for applications). We developed and delivered a culturally and geographically competent curriculum based on the principles of Health At Every Size, motivational interviewing and traditional Southeast Alaska Native values. Since then, the WISE At Every Size (WAES) curriculum has been delivered to 200 women across Southeast Alaska. Evaluation of the curriculum has shown improvements in chronic disease risks at least on par with other WISEWOMAN approved lifestyle interventions and, additionally, qualitative and quantitative evaluations have shown a great deal of value to participants. As a strategy to help sustain the program’s activities when the HRSA Maternal and Child Health award ended, WISEWOMAN proposed officially adding this unique curriculum to our CDC-approved menu of lifestyle interventions, and to specifically request support for our CDC grant-funded staff to deliver the curriculum, in partnership with other SEARHC Health Promotion Department staff. After a rigorous internal review at CDC, we have received approval to officially deliver WISE At Every Size through WISEWOMAN program-funded activities. To have CDC decision makers support this is a great acknowledgement of the program’s successes. Back to top SEARHC to host Native health and wellness expert Darryl Tonemah in Juneau: Noted health and wellness expert Darryl Tonemah, Ph.D., M.Ed., will speak at the Ethel Lund Medical Center’s full staff meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 9. Later he will give a free presentation to Lifestyle Balance program participants and members of the Juneau Native community from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Feb. 9, at the Tlingít and Haida Regional Housing Authority conference room. Tonemah, who is Kiowa/Comanche and Tuscarora, has been a champion for better health among Native people around the country and he has dedicated his professional career to the health and wellness of all Native peoples. He currently works with the National Institutes of Health on diabetes prevention and lifestyle change research among Indian populations. He is a partner in Native Health Group, promoting health education and wellness worldwide, and was the behavioral scientist for the southwest sites of the National Institutes of Health Diabetes Prevention Program. He has worked in the field of health and wellness for over 20 years. In addition, he is a highly motivating speaker and an accomplished musician and entertainer. Back to top Three SEARHC programs host National Wear Red Day: 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. Many women do not realize that one in two women will die of heart disease or stroke, while just one in 25 women will die of breast cancer. Heart disease kills more women than the next five leading causes of death, including all cancers combined. Heart disease also is the leading cause of death for people with diabetes. For more information about this event, contact Sarah Paddock of the SEARHC Lifestyle Balance diabetes prevention program at 364-4459. To learn more about women and heart disease, call the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program at 364-4451 in Juneau or 1-888-388-8782 (toll-free in Alaska), or go to http://www.goredforwomen.org/wearredday/. Back to top SEARHC hosts noted Tlingít performer/artist Gene Tagaban for workshops and performances: SEARHC will host noted Tlingít performer and artist, Gene Tagaban, for workshops and performances in the “Art of Storytelling” in February in Juneau, Hoonah, Kake, Sitka, Petersburg and Wrangell. Tagaban will offer free community performances in four communities — at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Kake High School Commons; at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 7, at the Sheet’ká Kwáan Naa Kahídi community house in Sitka; at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the Petersburg High School Auditorium; and at a time and location TBA on Thursday, Feb. 10, in Wrangell. During his tour of Southeast Alaska, Tagaban also will visit schools in Juneau (Mendenhall River Elementary and Thunder Mountain High School), Hoonah, Kake, Angoon, Sitka (Mt. Edgecumbe High School), Petersburg and Wrangell to provide a series of workshops for local students about how to use stories to prevent suicide, prevent drug/alcohol abuse, add healthy foods to your diet, reduce screen time (TV, computer, video games, etc.), promote physical activity, prevent bullying and other topics. Earlier this winter, Tagaban gave performances and workshops in Haines, Klukwan, Craig, Hydaburg and Klawock. For more information about the shows, please call SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s and Colorectal Health Programs Health Systems Specialist Becky Koslovich at 966-8936. For more information about Gene Tagaban and his workshops, go to http://www.genetagaban.com/. Back to top Kake Health Center offers WELL-Balanced class to elders: Six elders from Kake participated in their first WELL-Balanced (Wise Elders Living Longer) class on Monday, Jan. 24. WELL-Balanced is a program from the National Resource Center on Native American Aging that helps elders improve their movement, encourages exercise and helps them reduce their risk of falling. Teaching the class are Georgie Davis-Gastelum and Margo Wilson. Lori Moore and AmeriCorps volunteer Bess Skeek will help out with the eight-week class later. WELL-Balanced classes are available in several communities in Southeast Alaska, and Renae Mathson (966-8797) or Jennifer Young (966-8866) can help elders connect with their local trainers. Back to top Regards, Roald