President’s Update for May 16, 2014

In this edition...

Health Insurance Options for Tribal Members

Assistance continues to be available for Tribal members interested in signing up for the Tribal Sponsored Health Insurance Program (free insurance coverage through ANTHC), to enroll in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace, as well as for filling out tribal exemption forms before the end of the year. Please contact our Outreach and Enrollment Manager Andrea Thomas at 966-8883 for more information.

New Director of Health Promotion

I am pleased to announce that Martha Pearson has been selected to be the new Director of Health Promotion. Martha has been with SEARHC for twelve years serving in various capacities; WISEWOMAN Program Health Educator, WISEWOMAN Program Coordinator, and most recently Community Transformation Grant Manager. 

In addition to her previous work at SEARHC and Community Health, Martha brings an impressive academic portfolio of two master’s level degrees in Humanities and Public Administration. Martha’s strong desire to lead Health Promotion in the new direction of integration within the primary care clinics, along with continued community based programs, make her the perfect fit for the future of Health Promotion at SEARHC.

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Martha to her new position.

New Manager of ER/ICU/OB at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital

Please join me in congratulating Sherry Bell RN MSN, BSN, CEN for accepting the position of Manager of ER/ICU/OB. Ms. Bell holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing Leadership and has been with SEARHC as a Charge Nurse for ER/ICU for the past year. We look forward to her experience and leadership bringing a fresh view to our nursing teams.

Health Educators in Kake and POW

I would like to welcome two new Health Educators to our Diabetes Prevention Program and Lifestyle Balance Program; Paul Koo, Ph.D. and Vanessa Pereira.

Paul Koo, Ph.D., was hired to work with Kake’s residents. Paul’s heritage is Chinese. He was born in Hong Kong but spent most of his adult life in Toronto, Canada. He spent 3 years in the Netherlands Antilles as an Associate Professor in Pathology and Physiology as well as Medical Genetics, but has been living in Kake since 2011.

Vanessa Pereira has been hired to work with the residents on Prince of Wales Island. Vanessa comes from a Bolivian heritage; her grandmother comes from Spain. She acquired a degree in Public and Community Health with a minor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA and recently moved to Klawock from Naples, Florida.

We look forward to both Paul and Vanessa making a positive impact on the communities of Kake and POW.

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

Just a reminder...

Free Health Insurance for Alaska Natives/American Indians

Through a collaboration between SouthEast Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), 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), and is available to those the program’s criteria. Anyone interested in being screened for health insurance coverage should call Andrea Thomas at (907) 966-8883 or email her at

Spring Mobile Mammogram Schedule

The WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program in partnership with the Breast Cancer Detection Center has set the Spring 2014 mobile mammography schedule. The mobile mammography van will be in Haines May 17-21, and Kake May 23 & 24, 2014. For more information contact your local clinic, call the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program in Sitka at 966-8782 (or 1-888-388-8782, toll-free in Alaska), or e-mail the WISEWOMAN Health Program at


Applications are currently being accepted now through June 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm. Awards go towards the academic Fall 2014 – Summer 2015 school year. ANTHC grants these scholarships as an integral part of its long-term strategy to increase Alaska Natives and American Indians in the healthcare field. You may visit the ANTHC website for more information.