The Alaska Children’s Trust – Working to Prevent Child Abuse

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Alaska Children’s Trust
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Since 2012, Charles Clement has served as president and chief executive officer of the South East Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). Outside of this role, Charles Clement remains active in charitable giving and donates to the Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT).

Founded in 1988, the Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT) works to stop child abuse and neglect. To this end, ACT has developed a number of programs, including the Alaska Resilience Initiative, which seeks to create awareness of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and how they affect brain development. The initiative also works to create trauma-informed systems that promote resilience in children.

Another ACT program is Prevent Child Abuse Alaska, an affiliate of Prevent Child Abuse America. Through this program, ACT benefits from national relationships and resources by learning about strategies used by other states to curb child abuse.

ACT also operates a program called Strengthening Families, which aims to prevent child abuse through five evidence-based protective factors: parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of child development and parenting, support in times of need, and healthy emotional and social development of children.

SEARHC Raises Awareness of Smokeless Tobacco Health Risks

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SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
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Since 2012, Charles Clement has served as president and chief executive officer of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). Charles Clement brings decades of experience to this role.

Recently, SEARHC promoted the Through with Chew Week, a national effort to raise awareness of the health impact of smokeless tobacco use. In Alaska, the use of smokeless tobacco remains a major issue.

Some people have the perception that smokeless tobacco is a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. The Through with Chew campaign helps people realize the dangers of smokeless tobacco. The campaign is especially important in Alaska, where adult use of smokeless tobacco has remained consistent from 1996 to 2015.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer reports the presence of 28 carcinogenic chemicals in smokeless tobacco. A common form of smokeless tobacco is chew, which can cause changes in the soft tissues of the mouth that are precursors to oral cancer. In addition, chewing tobacco irritates the gums and can lead to gum recession. Further, many products contain sugar, which can cause dental decay.