Patient Housing Facility
Charles Clement serves as the president and chief executive officer of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). An Alaska native, Charles Clement also supports the nonprofit Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, which operates various programs and the Anchorage-based Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) to provide health services to members of the state’s indigenous population.
In the first half of 2017, the ANMC opened a new Patient Housing facility. This large, standalone edifice was built to accommodate the more than six in 10 patients who seek treatment at the Medical Center from outside of the Anchorage area. Offering guests comfortable accommodations and convenient access to the medical facilities, it is part of the Center’s plan to improve the overall health care experience of its patients.
During the first six months of operations, guests who stayed at Patient Housing completed surveys about their experience. In August, the Medical Center reported the results. Most guests responded positively. Based on 1,202 surveys, Patient Housing earned a 91.1 percent customer satisfaction rate. The facility’s general manager, Phil Degnan, notes that those results surpassed his expectations.
Patient Housing welcomes suggestions on ways to enhance its services. Recent improvements that have been made, based on customer feedback, include new bed frames and improved assistance in helping guests get from the airport to Patient Housing.
Alaska Children’s Trust
An experienced executive in the health care field, Charles Clement has served as the president and chief executive officer of Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) since 2012. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Charles Clement supports various local charitable organizations, among them Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT).
Established in 1988, ACT works to prevent child abuse and neglect through the research-based Strengthening Families strategy, an approach that emphasizes the development of five key Protective Factors. Parents learn to cultivate resilience through stress management and problem solving, as well as learning when to seek professional help. Parenting and child development education provides concrete information to help parents develop realistic expectations for their children’s emotional and social development. In addition to focusing on the creation of strong support networks, the Strengthening Families program can direct participants to resources to help them meet basic needs such as clothing and shelter. Resources are also available for individuals dealing with issues related to substance abuse, mental illness, or domestic violence.
Alaska Afterschool Network
Since 2012, Charles Clement has served as president and chief executive officer of the South East Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). Also active in charitable giving, Charles Clement contributes to the Alaska Children’s Trust, which operates the Alaska Afterschool Network.
The Alaska Afterschool Network consists of nonprofit, private, public, and tribal organizations that advocate for strong afterschool programs for children and families in an effort to improve the overall well-being and academic achievement of students. Research demonstrates that these programs typically increase attendance and academic performance as well as graduation rates. Further, afterschool programs reduce the expulsion rate and build students’ self-esteem, leading to a lower suicide rate and the development of protective factors that help students overcome trauma.
The Alaska Afterschool Network gathers the afterschool community to develop a cohesive system that fosters collaboration. The organization also disseminates best practices and encourages afterschool program staff to participate in continuing education to improve program quality. Finally, the network strives to improve access to afterschool programs and advocates for public policy that supports these programs at all government levels.
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
Charles Clement serves as the president and chief executive officer of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), a nonprofit health consortium that serves the communities of Southeast Alaska. Under Charles Clement’s leadership, SEARHC continues to improve its services. Such improvements include remodel and expansion of its pediatric dental clinic.
Located at the corner building of Hospital Drive and Salmon Creek Lane, the Children’s Dental Clinic was specifically designed to appeal to children and features colorful artwork on the walls. Renovations include accessible sinks and state-of-the-art equipment, including advanced cameras and multiple monitors to give dentists easy access to X-rays and photos. The waiting room also offers a LEGO wall to entertain children while they’re waiting to be seen.
An unveiling ceremony for the new clinic occurred in June 2017. The new clinic provides a significant improvement over SEARHC’s previous one, which was outgrowing its space due to demand.
Alaska Resilience Initiative
Since 2012, Charles Clement has served as the president and chief executive officer of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). Active in his community, Charles Clement contributes to the Alaska Children’s Trust, which operates the Alaska Resilience Initiative.
A collaborative effort of the Alaska Children’s Trust and numerous nonprofit, government, and tribal stakeholders, the Alaska Resilience Initiative seeks to educate the public on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the ways they can affect brain development. The initiative aims to build resilience in children and reduce the incidence of ACEs, such as abuse and neglect.
To this end, the Alaska Children’s Trust aims to educate schools and families and prepare them to mitigate the impact of trauma in children. With focused interventions as a core strategy, the organization uses evidence-based programs with a record of building resilience and preventing trauma. The Alaska Children’s Trust also loans two movies on the effects of childhood trauma, Paper Tigers and Resilience, so that organizations can host viewings and increase awareness of these vital issues.
Children’s Dental Clinic
A graduate of the University of Alaska, Charles Clement holds a master of public administration. Charles Clement leverages his training to serve as president and CEO of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), which recently opened its expanded Children’s Dental Clinic in Juneau.
Located in the SEARHC dental building, the new Children’s Dental Clinic opened on May 22, 2017. When the original clinic opened, it was designed to treat children from Alaska’s Native American families. In April of 2015, the clinic expanded its coverage to include all children.
Recognizing the growing need for pediatric dental care in Alaska, SEARHC moved the Children’s Dental Clinic to the larger space. The increased size and the addition of more dentists will allow the clinic to treat more children in the Juneau community and give patients greater flexibility when scheduling appointments. SEARHC funded the expansion through a number of grants and awards from the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, the Rasmuson Foundation, Chambers, Sachse, Sonosky, Endreson & Perry, LLP, and the State of Alaska Division of Community and Regional Affairs.
Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation
A healthcare executive in Alaska, Charles Clement formerly held the position of COO of Southcentral Foundation, which works to improve the health and wellness of the native community in Alaska. In 2012, Mr. Clement transitioned to the role of president and CEO of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). Active in his community, Charles Clement actively supports the activities of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), which hosts symposiums on the topic of Alaskan Plants as Food and Medicine.
The ANTHC Health Promotion program will host two “Alaskan Plants as Food and Medicine” symposiums in 2017 to promote ethical harvesting, knowledge of traditional plants, and traditional ways of gathering and growing food. The symposiums are a response to the need to educate the next generation on the use of Alaskan plants.
The new generation is facing a gap in knowledge and skills in this area, which is largely a result of the overreliance on imported foods. In 2017, rather than hosting one central event in Anchorage, the ANTHC will offer two regional conferences: one in Kotzebue from September 6 through 8 and another in Kenai from September 15 through 17. To learn more about the ANTHC and its programming, visit ANTHC.org.