President’s Update for March 29, 2013

In this edition...

SEARHC’s Bright Ideas on-line suggestion box

SEARHC’s Bright Ideas on-line suggestion box got several requests to do an all staff meeting.  After months of planning and preparation SEARHC had all staff meetings in December and January.  The purpose of the meeting is to increase communication, promote understanding and provide up-to-date information for staff.  The next all staff meeting will be on Wednesday April 3rd from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Employees from all over the region can join via polycom by going to meeting room #1.  SEARHC President/CEO Charles Clement will be delivering the State of the Consortium address from the ELMC clinic conference rooms A + B. Other agenda items include an Electronic Health Records Update, the Employee Recognition Roll out and program announcements.   For more information contact all staff meeting facilitator Doug Osborne at ext 8734.

SEARHC Kake Health Promotion

SEARHC Kake Health Promotion is offering a self defense workshop for girls and women; 4/6-7; taught by Juneau Shotokan Karate.  Three sessions over the weekend:  one for girls 11 years through high school; one for women; one "Train the Trainer."  Since Shotokan Karate is not charging for teaching this workshop, there will be no charge to participants.  Our partners (so far):  Shotokan Karate; Organized Village of Kake Tribal Youth Program; Kake EMS; James Dean Construction; Kake City School District. Contact Georgie Davis-Gastelum at 785-6516.

SEARHC ARMC Child Passenger Safety

SEARHC ARMC Child Passenger Safety program will be partnering with The Alaska Injury Prevention Center and the Alaska Highway Safety Office to offer a Community Car Seat Check-up event on Friday, April 5th from 11am to 4pm at the Craig high school lower parking lot.  Certified car seat technicians will be available to help parents and caregivers with any car seat questions.  A limited number of car seats will be available for a minimum donation of $10. This event is in conjunction with the Alaska Health Fair.  For more information, call June May at 755-4959.

Angoon will begin its first WELL-Balanced classes

Angoon will begin its first WELL-Balanced classes on April 2nd at the Jessie Norma Jim Health Center. WELL-Balanced (Wise Elders Living Longer) is a health promotion program that provides community support for Native elders with diabetes, arthritis and hypertension, while helping elders reduce their risk of falling. The 8-week course (16 sessions) is used nationally and designed by the National Resource Center on Native American Aging. Angoon classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00-5:30 PM through April and May. Also in Angoon, Renae Mathson of the SEARHC Diabetes Program will be in Angoon April 5-9th to conduct WELL-Balanced Instructor training as well as providing Angoon community health screenings. The WELL-Balanced instructor training is scheduled for Friday April 5th (4-9 PM) and Saturday and Sunday (9-5 PM.) Angoon community health screenings will take place Monday & Tuesday, April 8-9th. For information, appointments or to sign up for any of these programs, please contact Martha “Kim” Getgood at the SEARHC Health Promotion office in Angoon at 788-4616.

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

Just a reminder...

Applications are available for the SEARHC Summer Internship Program

The SEARHC Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for six Native students who are studying at the high school, bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree/clinical level. The program allows participants to explore career options in health care, and the interns receive valuable on-the-job training in their health care career of interest and a minimal hourly stipend. At the end of the program, interns will receive a performance evaluation with valuable feedback from their mentor(s). Students must be enrolled tribal members or descendants as certified through a Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) and currently be enrolled full-time in high school, college or vocational school with a minimum GPA of 2.5. To apply, students must complete a SEARHC Summer Internship Application, a SEARHC job application, provide two letters of recommendation (from teachers, counselors, employers, tribal leaders, etc.), a copy of the student’s current resume and a copy of the student’s current college transcripts.

The application deadline is Friday, May 10 (the application must be received or postmarked by this date), and the final selection of interns takes place on May 17. The internship program runs from June through September 2013. Completed applications may be mailed to Jessika Beam (966-8903) at SEARHC, c/o Human Resources Department, 222 Tongass Drive, Sitka, AK 99835. Applications also can be faxed to 966-8527, or scanned and e-mailed to Because space is limited, interested students should apply early. Application packets are available at Southeast Alaska high school offices, through local tribal organizations or by going to

2013 Ethel Lund Village Health Occupations Program (VHOP) is gearing up

Each year, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) selects several Southeast-area Native students interested in health careers for VHOP, and the students spend a week at S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka learning about different health careers and educational opportunities. The health field is growing, which means plenty of job opportunities for people with the right training. Health careers usually offer good pay and employee benefits, as well as the satisfaction of helping others. The experience enables students to evaluate their own strengths and decide which jobs might best suit them. This year's VHOP session is scheduled for April 22-27. Students selected to participate in VHOP receive assistance to cover the travel costs to and from Sitka, housing, meals and some evening entertainment. The application deadline is Friday, March 29. Completed applications may be mailed to Jessika Beam, SEARHC Tribal Recruitment Coordinator, c/o Human Resources Department, 222 Tongass Drive, Sitka, AK 99835. Applications also can be faxed to 907-966-8527, or scanned and e-mailed to Because space is limited, interested students should apply early. Application packets are available at high school offices, at local village corporations or by going to For additional information, contact Jessika Beam at 907-966-8903 or by e-mail at

SEARHC hosts 24/7 crisis help line, toll-free at 1-877-294-0074:

A personal or family crisis doesn't always happen during clinic hours, so the SEARHC Behavioral Health Division has contracted with a crisis call center to provide help for Southeast Alaska residents when they need it most. The SEARHC Help Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it will be staffed with a team of master's-degree-level mental health therapists who will listen and provide effective, compassionate care. This line provides confidential telephone counseling for people during a time of mental health crisis, and it is not just an answering service. The counselors will assess the situation and provide appropriate intervention using protocols developed with SEARHC Behavioral Health. Follow-up calls from SEARHC Behavioral Health or our partner agencies will be made the next business day. For more information, contact SEARHC Behavioral Health/Suicide Prevention Program Manager Wilbur Brown at 966-8753.

SEARHC provides 24/7 on-call travel coordinators for patients traveling for care:

SEARHC has a 24/7 on-call travel coordinator to assist patients needing after-hours help while traveling for a medical appointment. The on-call staff person helps patients find new connections when a plane is diverted by weather, or assists with late-night housing. For assistance, call 1-800-916-8566 (toll-free in Alaska) or 1-907-966-8345 in Sitka, and then follow the prompts. To help us better help you, please call as soon as you know your travel schedule has been changed. For patients needing assistance from the Community Resources Program (contract health), such as emergency health care while traveling, call 1-866-966-8316 (toll-free).