The Alaska Afterschool Network – Promoting Strong Afterschool Programs

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Alaska Afterschool Network
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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). 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.

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SEARHC Opens New Pediatric Clinic

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SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
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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 Children’s Trust – Alaska Resilience Initiative

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Alaska Resilience Initiative
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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.