Alaska Children’s Trust
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.
Alaska Children’s Trust
Since 2012, Charles Clement has served as president and chief executive officer of the South East Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). Outside of this role, Charles Clement remains active in charitable giving and donates to the Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT).
Founded in 1988, the Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT) works to stop child abuse and neglect. To this end, ACT has developed a number of programs, including the Alaska Resilience Initiative, which seeks to create awareness of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and how they affect brain development. The initiative also works to create trauma-informed systems that promote resilience in children.
Another ACT program is Prevent Child Abuse Alaska, an affiliate of Prevent Child Abuse America. Through this program, ACT benefits from national relationships and resources by learning about strategies used by other states to curb child abuse.
ACT also operates a program called Strengthening Families, which aims to prevent child abuse through five evidence-based protective factors: parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of child development and parenting, support in times of need, and healthy emotional and social development of children.
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
Since 2012, Charles Clement has served as president and chief executive officer of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). Charles Clement brings decades of experience to this role.
Recently, SEARHC promoted the Through with Chew Week, a national effort to raise awareness of the health impact of smokeless tobacco use. In Alaska, the use of smokeless tobacco remains a major issue.
Some people have the perception that smokeless tobacco is a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. The Through with Chew campaign helps people realize the dangers of smokeless tobacco. The campaign is especially important in Alaska, where adult use of smokeless tobacco has remained consistent from 1996 to 2015.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer reports the presence of 28 carcinogenic chemicals in smokeless tobacco. A common form of smokeless tobacco is chew, which can cause changes in the soft tissues of the mouth that are precursors to oral cancer. In addition, chewing tobacco irritates the gums and can lead to gum recession. Further, many products contain sugar, which can cause dental decay.
Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation
Charles Clement serves as the president and CEO of South East Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), located in Juneau, Alaska. In his roles, he efficiently juggles multiple priorities while ensuring that developing communities within Alaska are supported with appropriate infrastructure. Outside of work, Charles Clement encourages and supports the efforts of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.
The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium began in 1998, when the organization assumed responsibility for native health care. The organization’s accomplishments are varied and include research for drug treatments for hepatitis C to education on the proper installation of car seats and smoke detectors.
The consortium also implemented the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), an initiative that provides families with food packages consisting of meats, eggs, cornmeal, pastas, vegetables, beans, and other healthy foods for creating wholesome meals. The program serves those living on reservations or in approved areas who are part of a tribe recognized by the federal government. Those who participate in the program may not receive SNAP benefits (also known as food stamps) at the same time.
Charles Clement acts as the president and CEO for his company SEARHC, located in Alaska. In his free time, Charles Clement enjoys several hobbies, including running.
According to a recent study performed at the University of Arizona, individuals who run multitask more readily and have higher levels of concentration. The study went on to say that the area of the brain with unfocused thoughts is not as active in individuals who run regularly. It is believed that running engages the brain so much as the runner faces changing surfaces (such as grass to pavement), avoiding obstacles, and dealing with thinking on the fly. This prepares the brain to react more readily, putting to use skills that are essential in navigation and focus. Although researchers do not believe that running alone will improve one’s intellect, the consequences of how the brain needs to focus while participating in this sport carry on to other facets of life, including work and time management.
Running in Cold Weather
For nearly two decades, Charles Clement has been leading a successful career in the healthcare industry. He started his career as an account executive for Aetna US Healthcare in Anchorage, Alaska, and now leads the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) as CEO and president. In his free time, Charles Clement enjoys running.
When it’s cold out, many runners are discouraged from maintaining their normal routine, but this doesn’t have to be the case. As temperatures start dropping, setting regular running plans with others is a great way to maintain motivation. This turns running into a social activity and, rather than answering only to themselves, runners will have to answer to their running group or partner. Beyond this, runners can make their cold-weather runs easier by running into the wind at the beginning. Doing so means the wind is at their back during the second half of their routine and prevents chills and colds.
Cold-weather running also requires the proper clothing. It’s important that runners do not overdress for a cold run. Although layers and thick clothing may seem correct, the body warms up when running and these heavy clothes can easily become too warm and cumbersome. Typically, runners should dress as if the weather is 20 degrees warmer. Thin layers allow air to breath around the body more and protect against wind while pulling sweat away from the body. Runners will also need good gloves or mittens, socks that keep the feet warm while removing sweat, and a hat. Despite the cold, runners also need plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Alaska Native Health Board
Accomplished healthcare executive Charles Clement oversees operations and development at the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) as president and CEO. Active in the professional community, Charles Clement is involved with such professional organizations as the Alaska Native Health Board.
A 26-member board entity, the Alaska Native Health Board (ANHB) has been promoting the physical, mental, and cultural well-being of Alaska Native people since 1968. In October 2016, the organization reported on the Northwest Commission on College and Universities’ recent approval of the Dental Health Aide Therapist (DHAT) program. Offered at Iḷisaġvik College in Barrow, the newly accredited program gives DHAT students the chance to earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. It improves graduates’ career options and grants DHAT students full access to the Tribal college’s student services, such as tutoring and financial aid.
Iḷisaġvik College and ANTHC first announced its efforts to accredit the DHAT program in 2015. They formally announced their partnership at that year’s DHAT graduation ceremony and stated that students who started the DHAT program in July 2015 were the first students to be enrolled in the degree program. Over the years, the DHAT program has made huge contributions to the overall well-being and oral health of Alaska Native individuals in the rural areas of Alaska. Dental care and prevention services were expanded to over 40,000 Alaskan Native people in 81 rural communities.