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.