Experienced in executive management and business development, Charles Clement currently serves as the president and CEO of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). In this position, Charles Clement oversees the management of the $168 million health network that supports 26 different communities. Two SEARHC facilities were recently recognized for achieving immunization goals outlined in the Healthy Alaskans 2020 initiative.
Healthy Alaskans 2020 is a set of 25 health priorities established by the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Together, the two entities determined the most pressing health-related issues facing Alaskans and formulated goals for improvement. Some of the most notable priorities outlined in Healthy Alaskans 2020 include:
-Combating the increasing rates of cancer, suicide, violence, and sexual assault
-Decreasing the use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
-Increasing disease prevention through immunizations and water quality
-Lowering Alaska’s obesity rate
In order to help prevent disease, Healthy Alaskans 2020 set a goal for at least 75 percent of all Alaskans between 19 months and 35 months of age to receive the full recommended vaccination series. Standing upon the belief that immunizations are the most cost-effective method to prevent life-threatening diseases, the initiative is taking aggressive steps to ensure that Alaskan children are fully vaccinated.
In order to reduce economic stress, the state is providing vaccinations to health care providers. In addition, immunization records for children in Alaska are being consolidated to help with compliance and regulations. Officials are also providing additional education and training regarding the importance of immunizing children.