President’s Update for September 6, 2013

In this edition...

SEARHC Medical Director of Primary Care Clinics Announcement

It is with great pleasure that I announce to you a new position at SEARHC, Medical Director of Primary Care Clinics that will have medical oversight over all the Primary Care Clinics at SEARHC. Janice Sheufelt, MD, has accepted this position effective September 1, 2013.

With the recent resignation of Russ Bowman, Medical Director of CHS, it provided leadership the opportunity to look at how we are structured and what changes would be helpful in coordinating and collaborating in providing the best care to our clinic patients.

The combining of the two Medical Director positions (CHS and ELMC) into the Medical Director of Primary Care Clinics allows us to start down this path.  Working side by side with the Director of Practice Management (similar in concept to the Hospital Administrator except for the clinics and in the process of being recruited) will create a dynamic team to lead the clinics in our goal of Population Health Management for the Alaska Native peoples.

Please extend your congratulations to Janice and assist her in any way to ease the transition into this critical leadership role at SEARHC.


Diabetes Prevention Class Enrollment is Open for Fall

Recruitment for the SEARHC Lifestyle Balance Fall session of diabetes prevention classes has begun. Classes start September 26th. During the 16-week program participants learn about nutrition, physical activity, and other topics that have been shown to delay or prevent the onset of diabetes. The program also provides individual coaching sessions which help tailor the program to fit individual goals, and social gatherings for participants to stay motivated and have fun!  If interested, please contact Tiffany Nelson 364-4459.


The Annual Recovery Walk will be held September 14th

September is National Recovery Month. SEARHC Behavioral Health staff in Juneau will hold the 3rd Annual Recovery Walk on Saturday, September 14th to honor the event. Participants will meet at Marine Park at noon then walk to Sandy Beach for food, drumming and singing. Volunteers plan to be on hand at 12 noon to start cooking for the potluck style picnic. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring a favorite dish or alcohol free beverage to share.

We would like to acknowledge chemical dependency and mental illnesses throughout the month. We honor those who struggle with these issues and recognize the fact that people can and do recover. Please call Toni Weber with any questions 463-6670.

Charles Clement

Just a reminder...


SEARHC Online Specialty Clinic Schedules

SEARHC frequently brings in traveling medical specialists to hold specialty clinics at a variety of facilities. This can save the expense and inconvenience of flying to Anchorage or Seattle for services not available in Southeast. Some SEARHC medical providers make regular trips to smaller, remote clinics to provide specialty services that aren’t normally available in those villages. All specialty clinics, except for medical field trips and specified dental clinics, must be referred through a SEARHC provider (no self-referrals).

If you would like to check the Specialty Clinic Schedules you can find them on searhc.org. They are listed under both the “Services” menu and the “Patient Information” menu and at the following links: Dental Clinic Field Trips, Medical Field Trips, Juneau Specialty Clinics and Sitka Specialty Clinics.


Traditional Food Guide Calendar and Tlingit Traditional foods poster available

SEARHC Traditional Foods Program recently published a Traditional Food Guide Calendar and a Tlingit Traditional foods poster. The guide and poster will be distributed to help promote harvesting and eating traditional, local foods. Go to SEARHC Traditional Foods program to view or download a copy of the guide and poster.