President’s Weekly Update for May 8

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SEARHC staff attends 2010 Annual Tribal Self-Governance Conference: We attended the 2010 Annual Tribal Self-Governance Conference. The conference provided training in self-governance, with a section dealing with relationships with the Indian Health Service. IHS Director Dr. Yvette Roubideaux could not be present due to a family emergency and her Deputy Director, Randy Grinnell, provided the keynote address. The caucus from the Alaska Tribal Health Compact also met with Mr. Grinnell and Alaska Area Native Health Service Director Chris Mandregan. There were sessions on contract health services, budget priorities, and legislative updates. There were discussions about what the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (health care reform) means for self-governance tribes, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act reauthorization, health information technology, sanitation facilities construction, multi-agency collaboration on behavioral health (suicide prevention, domestic violence, sexual assault, etc). We also attended a session with the Office of Tribal Self Governance, agency lead negotiators and several tribal lead negotiators. Kasaan Health Center to model a new design for ultra-small clinics: Representatives from the Denali Commission were on Prince of Wales Island in early May to look over various facilities. Of particular interest was a clinic project with the Kasaan Health Center that the Organized Village of Kasaan is developing and SEARHC will provide a matching contribution. The design project, which is funded by the Denali Commission, should be finished by August 2010. The design, when ready, has been approved as a model for ultra-small clinics to be built in other communities around the state. Chilkat River Walk from Klukwan to Haines raises awareness of breast cancer and breast health: The fourth annual Chilkat River Walk takes place starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, with a 23-mile walk from Klukwan to Haines. This event raises awareness of breast cancer and breast health issues, plus donations are split between the Haines Hospice Cancer Travel Fund and the national Susan G. Komen For The Cure breast cancer foundation. The SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program partners with Alaska Power and Telephone (AP&T), Alaska Meat and Grocery, and the Alaska Guard House to host this event. The Chilkat River Walk is scheduled during the annual spring mobile mammogram van visit to Haines, which is May 4-18 this year. To learn more, contact SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program Patient Care Coordinator Pam Sloper at 766-6367 or SEARHC Community Wellness Advocate Mandy Ramsey at 766-6317. Mt. Edgecumbe High School senior presents on 2009 Behavioral Health Academy: Kaitlyn “Kiki” Storms, a Mt. Edgecumbe High School senior, gave a presentation at the 2010 Alaska Rural Health Conference (April 28-30 in Anchorage) about her participation in the 2009 Behavioral Health Academy. The Behavioral Health Academy was sponsored by SEARHC in cooperation with Mt. Edgecumbe High School, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Sitka Counseling And Prevention Services (SCAPS), the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus and Sitka Tribe of Alaska. The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority provided funding for the Behavioral Health Academy. Klawock Senior Center recognizes work of ARMC Community Wellness Advocate: Beverlee Tyner, service coordinator for the Southeast Senior Services’ Klawock Senior Center, wrote a nice note thanking Alicia Roberts Medical Center Community Wellness Advocate June May for her work hosting a StrongWomen class at the center. Tyner wrote, “Your patience and genuine way of presenting and demonstrating the proper form for the exercises made everybody feel comfortable and a part of the larger group. As your report points out, there was a large diversity within the group with women from 40-something through 80-something, our wheelchair participants, and those of us who needed to get with the program. You made us all feel welcome and included, and motivated to do the work regardless of our levels of ability. Your educational handouts gave us all something to take away with us to refer to in our quests for healthier lives.” Thank you, June, for a job well done. Gunalchéesh. Klawock water treatment operator honored at state conference in Sitka: Bennett Charles, a Level II Water Treatment Operator from Klawock, was honored as the Alaska Small System Treatment Operator of the Year during the May 5 awards ceremony at the Alaska Water and Wastewater Management Association (AWWMA) state conference May 4-6 in Sitka. SEARHC Remote Maintenance Specialist Phil Downing, who mentored Bennett in preparation for his certification exams, nominated Bennett. Water and wastewater system operators, utility managers and technical representatives, equipment vendors, design and management engineers, and other professions in the Alaska chapter of the American Water Works Association attended the AWWMA state conference. SEARHC Environmental Health Director James Clare also attended the meeting. Spring 2010 mobile mammogram visits start this week: The spring mobile mammogram season in Southeast Alaska kicked off when the van arrived in Haines on Tuesday, May 4. Women in Haines, Kake, Skagway, Yakutat and Angoon can make appointments for this spring’s mobile mammogram van visits to their communities. The mobile mammogram van arrives in Haines on May 4-18, in Kake on May 24-27, in Skagway on June 1-4, in Yakutat on June 9-16 and in Angoon on June 21-23. The mobile mammography program is run through a partnership between Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau and the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program. Between the spring and summer seasons, the van provides about 800-900 women in nine communities with regular mammography screening services in locations where the services aren’t available year round. For more information, contact your local clinic or call the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program at 966-8782 in Sitka or 1-888-388-8782 (toll-free in Alaska), send an e-mail to askwh@searhc.org, or go online at http://www.searhc.org/womenshealth/. SEARHC to offer free health screenings in Craig, Hydaburg: The SEARHC Health Promotion department will provide free health screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, at the SEARHC Hydaburg Health Center and from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 28, at the Craig Community Association Office, 1330 Craig/Klawock Highway. Participants are encouraged to make 20-minute appointments for the screenings, but walk-ins will be seen when time is available. The biometric health screenings involve a simple blood test that gives people their non-fasting blood glucose, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and blood pressure results. Health professionals will be available to discuss the results with patients. While these screenings do not replace a person’s annual visit to their medical provider, they can let people know if they are at risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease or stroke. For more information, contact SEARHC Community Wellness Advocates Rueben Chinana at 285-3462 in Hydaburg or June May at 755-4959 in Klawock. Prince of Wales Island Marathon takes place on Saturday, May 29: The 11th annual Prince of Wales Island takes place starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, near the Hollis Ferry Terminal. The 26.2-mile course winds through forests, mountain passes, along Klawock Lake, over rivers and streams, and along the shore before reaching the finish line in Craig. The SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program has registered teams of employees and patients from Klawock and Hydaburg for the marathon. The Prince of Wales Youth First Responders, who are sponsored by the SEARHC Emergency Medical Services program and the 4-H program of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, will provide first aid services, and the Alicia Roberts Medical Center will help staff one of the 15 aid stations along the course. To learn more about signing up for teams, contact Mary Dinon with the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program in Klawock at 755-4946, contact marathon organizer Victoria Merrit at 826-2690 or craigrec@aptalaska.net, or go to http://www.powmarathon.org/. Regards, Roald