The 2017 Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Symposiums

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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.

WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Advances Public Health in Alaska

Charles Clement

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.