A graduate of the University of Alaska with a master’s degree in public administration, Charles Clement also participated in the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. Charles Clement leverages his experience to serve as president and CEO of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), which recently hosted high school students for a unique educational program.
From April 23 through April 26, SEARHC welcomed 17 Native American and Indian high school students to participate in the Ethel Lund Village Health Occupations Program (VHOP). The students were selected to visit SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital for nearly a week to learn about the diverse array of health care careers in the community.
In addition to participating in a tour of the campus and a luncheon with SEARHC’s chief operating officer, students visited nursing stations and learned about the behavioral health and dental professions. Further, they enjoyed an overnight stay on Biorka Island, where they undertook communication and leadership training and met with Ethel Lund, the founder of SEARHC and VHOP.
Through the VHOP, SEARHC aims to expose students to the diverse menu of rewarding health care careers to encourage them to consider pursuing a career in which they can contribute to the health of the local community following graduation.
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
An accomplished public administrator with nearly two decades of experience, Charles Clement serves as the president and CEO of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). Overseeing around 1,000 employees, Charles Clement works with 15 board members in managing the consortium’s health care operations. SEARHC prides itself as one of the United States’ largest and oldest Native-run health organizations.
Last year, the SEARHC website posted about the Kick Butts Day initiative, in which advocates from all around the US speak out against the risks of tobacco use among youth. In March 2018, Juneau again participated in the annual initiative through various activities such as maintaining an information booth at Juneau Douglas High School and holding a “Kids in Jeopardy” game that centers on tobacco-related trivia.
According to statistics, tobacco use in Alaska claims 600 lives and results in $438 million in health care costs each year. Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
During the Kick Butts Day initiative, health advocates clamor for strategies that can lead to a smoke-free generation. Tax increases and government prevention programs are seen as possible moves that could prove effective in the fight against youth tobacco use.