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.
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.
Charles Clement serves as the president and chief executive officer of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), a nonprofit tribal health group based in Juneau, Alaska, that involves 18 native communities. Under Charles Clement’s leadership, SEARHC fosters health awareness through an assortment of health-promotion programs.
These programs support healthier communities through identification and fulfillment of unmet healthcare needs. Additionally, the programs provide assistance with public policy, education, and problem-solving for issues related to community health. Although the programs cover a range of health issues, they operate with a universal goal of preventing disease and injury, supporting sick individuals, and advocating for public health policies.
SEARHC currently administers six health-promotion initiatives that include the WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program. This serves low-income, under-insured, and uninsured Alaskan women by enabling them to access lifestyle programs and chronic disease risk-factor screenings. Additionally, it removes financial barriers that prevent them from affording cancer screenings, and provides referral services for preventing cardiovascular disease. Staff can also assist women in receiving any necessary follow-up care.