President’s Update for July 18, 2014

In this edition...

Hoonah Healing Community Garden

Our Wise Family Traditional Food Project in Hoonah has been working with the Hoonah Indian Association (HIA) and others to develop a community garden. Nineteen plots are being utilized by the community with many participants being first-time and inexperienced growers.

Several local businesses have generously donated many necessary items to achieve our goals. HIA is graciously allowing us to use their property for the garden, Icy Straits Lumber donated wood to build additional boxes, Cascade Sand and Gravel donated sand to mix with peat moss donated by HIA. Southeast Soil and Water Conservation donated 7 berry bushes, and the Southeast Conference has been instrumental in helping the project along as well.

Photo of the thriving Hoonah Healing Community Garden.

SEARHC is working to make Hoonah a healthier, better place for our community and the environment, and since vegetables have been part of our traditional foods, we are working to continue that tradition and look forward to a bountiful harvest.

SEARHC Awarded “Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite” Designation

I am pleased to announce that SEARHC has been awarded the designation of being a “Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite” by the American Heart Association for recognizing the importance of a healthy workplace for its employees, and creating a culture of wellness.

In order to be selected, we were required to show that SEARHC has strong systems in place such as the healthy meals served at the Litehouse Café at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka, the employee fitness centers in Sitka and Juneau, an employee wellness team, and other incentives for fitness. These are all great reasons to work at SEARHC, and we are extremely proud to have received this recognition from such a prestigious and respected organization.

Benefits for U.S. Veterans

If you or someone close to you is a U.S. Veteran that has not signed up for VA benefits yet, this link will take you to a wonderful video, "Serving Alaska Vetrans" that helps explain why it is important to do so, as well as explain some of the benefits for which you are eligible, such as health care and burial benefits. The video was produced in Alaska and features veterans from all over the state, including Southeast – you may even recognize someone. SEARHC makes an appearance as well.

If you believe you may be eligible for benefits, we encourage you to contact the nearest VA. You may also visit or call the following numbers: Healthcare 1-888-353-7574, Benefits 1-800-827-1000, and Burial Benefits 1-907-384-7075.

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

Just a reminder...

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.

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 Andrea.