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.

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.

SEARHC Opens New Children’s Dental Clinic

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Children’s Dental Clinic
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A graduate of the University of Alaska, Charles Clement holds a master of public administration. Charles Clement leverages his training to serve as president and CEO of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), which recently opened its expanded Children’s Dental Clinic in Juneau.

Located in the SEARHC dental building, the new Children’s Dental Clinic opened on May 22, 2017. When the original clinic opened, it was designed to treat children from Alaska’s Native American families. In April of 2015, the clinic expanded its coverage to include all children.

Recognizing the growing need for pediatric dental care in Alaska, SEARHC moved the Children’s Dental Clinic to the larger space. The increased size and the addition of more dentists will allow the clinic to treat more children in the Juneau community and give patients greater flexibility when scheduling appointments. SEARHC funded the expansion through a number of grants and awards from the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, the Rasmuson Foundation, Chambers, Sachse, Sonosky, Endreson & Perry, LLP, and the State of Alaska Division of Community and Regional Affairs.

Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC)

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SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
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Charles Clement has worked for more than 20 years as a senior executive in the healthcare industry in and around Alaska. As the current president and chief executive officer of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) in Juneau, Alaska, Charles Clement oversees all operational aspects of the organization, which was created to serve the health needs of Southeast Alaska Natives.

The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium in Juneau incorporates many traditional Native American values and practices while providing health care to the community. Each of the local tribes have their own representative on the Board of Directors to provide a voice for the tribal input.

SEARHC operates according to a strategic plan that meets established excellence standards promoted by national healthcare organizations, while also respecting the traditions and values of the Alaska Natives. The consortium focuses on determining and studying the leading causes of death for the surrounding region by gathering data from local communities to understand how to best distribute healthcare resources.

ACT’s Prevent Child Abuse Alaska Program

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Alaska Children’s Trust
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Charles Clement is an experienced Alaska-based business executive who has been serving as the president and chief executive officer of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) since 2012. Outside of his responsibilities at SEARHC, Charles Clement actively supports charitable organizations such as Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT).

Since its inception in 1988, ACT has advocated for the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Alaska. Although the organization hosts numerous programs aligned to its mission, one of its defining programs is Prevent Child Abuse Alaska.

A state chapter of Chicago-based national organization Prevent Child Abuse America, Prevent Child Abuse Alaska is committed to ensuring the healthy development of children statewide. Working with its partner chapters from other states, the program fights for the existence of a national policy framework that could promote evidence-based strategies aimed at curbing the incidence of abuse and neglect. The Alaskan chapter leverages access to resources and relationships across the country to adopt best practices for its own use.

To learn more about other programs hosted or supported by ACT, visit AlaskaChildrensTrust.org.

Coverage Offered by Alaska’s Healing Hand Foundation

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Healing Hand Foundation
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Charles Clement is the CEO and president of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium in Juneau. A business management professional with 19 years of experience, Charles Clement has served on the board of numerous associations and currently serves as a director for the Healing Hand Foundation.

The Healing Hand Foundation, established in 2001, assists the Native and veteran populations of Alaska who require additional funding for medical expenses not covered by state health insurance or private insurance companies.

The foundation offers financial assistance to those seeking three categories of medical need:

1. Medical Goods. These items include supplies and equipment such as wheelchairs, eyeglasses, walkers, and dentures.

2. Pharmaceuticals. Some medications, such as specialized cancer or blood pressure drugs, are not covered by health insurance.

3. Patient Travel. If a referral for treatment requires a patient to travel to a different city, Healing Hand Foundation can cover escort travel expenses.

Individuals can support the Healing Hand Foundation through a basic donation, or they can choose to have a set contribution deducted from their payroll each period.

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to Open New Patient Housing

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Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation
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Since 2012, Charles Clement has served as the president and CEO of Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) in Juneau. An involved health care industry professional, Charles Clement maintains affiliations with many similar organizations, including the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, which works to promote the health and well-being of the state’s Alaska Native and American Indian community.

Through its charitable arm, the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is currently working to raise funds for the construction of a new housing facility for patients of the Alaska Native Medical Center. When it opens in early 2017, the six-floor facility will provide 202 rooms and a variety of amenities for those who travel to Anchorage for health services at the medical center.

In addition to featuring communal kitchens and gathering areas, the new patient housing facility will offer a business center, direct access to the Alaska Native Medical Center, and special accommodations for expectant mothers and their families. The Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation recently raised $108,000 for the project at the 2016 Raven’s Ball, but it still needs additional support. For more information, or to make a contribution to the project, visit www.inspiringgoodhealth.org.