President’s Update for May 2, 2014

In this edition...

Klawock Paddle Making Workshop Success

The One People Canoe Society and SEARHC "1is2many" program hosted a paddle making workshop from April 28-30.  The workshop was a huge success with 23 paddles made and set of paddles donated to the Klawock Tribe.  Five participants received an Alaska Gatekeeper QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) certificate: Jim and Jeannie McFarland, Ken Yates, Timothy Booth and Everett Athorp. Special thanks go to One People Canoe Society paddle making instructors Doug Chilton and Jim Zeller.

Incredible Edibles 2014

On Saturday, May 10th, from 10am-1pm, SEARHC POW Health Promotion will be sponsoring the program’s annual Incredible Edibles gathering event. Some of the edible and/or medicinal plants that participants will be looking for will include: nettles, fireweed sprouts, deer heart, spruce tips, fiddlehead ferns and more.

To participate, please come to the Alicia Roberts Medical Center conference room (side door) where you will be able to car pool to a nearby gathering place. Please be sure to wear appropriate clothes and boots, and don’t forget to bring a container and gloves.

For more information, call 755-4959.

Basic Life Support Certification in Haines

Thirty two Haines SEARHC employees completed Basic Life Support certification training on April 30th. The group included medical providers, office staff, administrative staff, facilities, as well as dental and behavioral health staff.  BLS is more in-depth than CPR certification. It includes one and two-person CPR for adults, children and infants including the use of a bag mask, how to relieve foreign body airway obstruction for adults, children and infants and use of an AED. Staff was required to pass the practical skills assessments as well as complete a written test. Although there is ready access to medical personnel within the clinic, one never knows when they will be the first person responding to an unconscious or choking victim.  The skills they learned will help them recognize and respond to these situations and ultimately save a life.

The Haines Borough Ambulance and Fire Department staff, who conducted the training, held two classes in order to accommodate such a large group. We sincerely appreciate our collaboration with the Borough ambulance staff and the support they provide.

Front Street Clinic

As you may know, SEARHC has fully transitioned the ownership, management, and operations of the Front Street Clinic over to the Front Street Community Health Center Board, effective May 1, 2014.

On behalf of SEARHC, I'd like to extend our best wishes for success to the Coalition in this new endeavor.

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

Just a reminder...

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 visit Angoon from May 12-14, Haines from May 17-21, Kake on 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.

ANTHC $5000 Scholarship for the 2014-2015 Academic Year

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.