SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
Charles Clement, who is Tsimshian and Athabaskan, serves as president and CEO of the Native American-run Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) serving 26 Alaskan communities. As an aspect of his work, Charles Clement and the SEARHC board of directors recently awarded grants to 15 of the communities the organization serves, including $50,000 to the Skagway Traditional Council.
The Skagway Traditional Council is a federally recognized Native American tribe for the Skagway Tlingit and Haida Indians. The mission of the council is to uphold the tribe’s sovereignty and government and to protect and nurture their members economically and otherwise. The Council oversees several other projects, including the Sheldon Museum and the Sealaska Heritage Center.
The Council will be able to use the money from SEARHC within the year to support local Alaska Native and American Indian residents with recreation center memberships. They will also make improvements to area bathrooms, adding in grab bars and non-slip mats for safety. In addition, the Council will be able to make non-smoking patches available along with helmets for the region’s youth.
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.
Charles Clement has been president and CEO of Juneau-based Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) since 2012, and brings more than two decades of experience in healthcare to the organization. One often-overlooked aspect of patient care Charles Clement oversees as the leader of SEARHC is healthcare security.
As part of a healthcare security initiative, Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital (MEH) has deployed the Hugs Wi-Fi Infant Protection system, as well as its Kisses Mother component. The Hugs and Kisses system protects infants from abduction anywhere within a hospital’s wireless network, using an ankle monitor with a tamper-proof detection band. Hospital administrators can track a monitored child anywhere within the hospital’s wireless area, and the detection of infants outside the labor and delivery unit with no staff transportation record automatically triggers an alarm. The Kisses component includes a wrist monitor for the mother, which notifies staff that mother and infant are together when the child and mother monitors are sufficiently close.
The implementation of this program is part of SEARHC’s commitment to patient safety and security. Hugs and Kisses is one of many such upgrades recently implemented at MEH to improve the quality of patient care.
Patient Housing Facility
Charles Clement serves as the president and chief executive officer of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). An Alaska native, Charles Clement also supports the nonprofit Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, which operates various programs and the Anchorage-based Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) to provide health services to members of the state’s indigenous population.
In the first half of 2017, the ANMC opened a new Patient Housing facility. This large, standalone edifice was built to accommodate the more than six in 10 patients who seek treatment at the Medical Center from outside of the Anchorage area. Offering guests comfortable accommodations and convenient access to the medical facilities, it is part of the Center’s plan to improve the overall health care experience of its patients.
During the first six months of operations, guests who stayed at Patient Housing completed surveys about their experience. In August, the Medical Center reported the results. Most guests responded positively. Based on 1,202 surveys, Patient Housing earned a 91.1 percent customer satisfaction rate. The facility’s general manager, Phil Degnan, notes that those results surpassed his expectations.
Patient Housing welcomes suggestions on ways to enhance its services. Recent improvements that have been made, based on customer feedback, include new bed frames and improved assistance in helping guests get from the airport to Patient Housing.
Alaska Children’s Trust
An experienced executive in the health care field, Charles Clement has served as the president and chief executive officer of Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) since 2012. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Charles Clement supports various local charitable organizations, among them Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT).
Established in 1988, ACT works to prevent child abuse and neglect through the research-based Strengthening Families strategy, an approach that emphasizes the development of five key Protective Factors. Parents learn to cultivate resilience through stress management and problem solving, as well as learning when to seek professional help. Parenting and child development education provides concrete information to help parents develop realistic expectations for their children’s emotional and social development. In addition to focusing on the creation of strong support networks, the Strengthening Families program can direct participants to resources to help them meet basic needs such as clothing and shelter. Resources are also available for individuals dealing with issues related to substance abuse, mental illness, or domestic violence.
Alaska Afterschool Network
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.