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.
Mt. Edgcumbe Hospital
The president and CEO of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), Charles Clement develops infrastructure, manages overall operations, and works with the group’s board of directors. Possessing extensive experience in executive healthcare management, Charles Clement has helped SEARHC reach numerous milestones.
Recently the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium’s Mt. Edgcumbe Hospital was one of four 2016 Hospital Quality Achievement Award winners. Awards were accepted during the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA) Annual Conference in Soldotna and were given by Mountain-Pacific Quality Health. The other hospitals that received the award include Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, and Alaska Regional Hospital.
The Hospital Quality Awards are the top award given by Mountain-Pacific Quality Health. All winners must meet 11 different measures that focus on improving the quality of medical service and increasing patient safety. All hospitals in the state are eligible to win the award, regardless of size and location. Rather than focusing on patient numbers, Mountain-Pacific Quality Health prefers recognizing high levels of care in an attempt to improve the overall healthcare system in the state.
Lost Lake Trail
Holding a master’s in public administration from the University of Alaska, Charles Clement has spent the last couple of decades working in the healthcare sector. Experienced in executive leadership, he serves as president and CEO of SEARHC. In his free time, Charles Clement enjoys staying active through such activities as biking. Alaska is home to numerous different biking trails that feature outstanding scenery and varying degrees of difficulty. Below are just a few examples of the state’s top bike trails:
– Lost Lake Trail: Winding through seven miles of wilderness, Lost Lake Trail is an intermediate trail with about 1,800 feet of climbing. Dotted with rocks and roots, the stretch reaches its summit after about six miles and the remaining mile can often be enjoyable for bikers. However, the area is home to bears, so bikers should exercise caution.
– Glenn Highway Trail: A relatively uncrowded trail, the Glenn Highway Trail near Anchorage consists of smooth asphalt and only a slight uphill grade. It is perfect for bikers of all skill levels and ages and can easily stretch more than 40 miles, depending on the specific path riders take. The official trailhead is at David Park in Mountain View.
– Kepler-Bradley Lakes State Park: Combining singletrack, doubletrack cross-country, and beautiful lakes and fields, Kepler-Bradley Lakes State Park is a great place for beginning bikers. There are several different singletrack trails running through the 350-acre park. However, most of them have relaxed terrain and low elevations.
Charles Clement leads the nonprofit health organization SEARHC, which serves 18 Native communities in Alaska. As president and CEO, he is responsible for developing both long- and short-term goals for the betterment of the tribal communities. During his spare time, Charles Clement keeps active and healthy by running.
To get the greatest benefit from running, runners must develop good form. Running with good form also helps protect runners against injuries. One way to improve one’s form is by perfecting the foot strike. It is important to keep a straight line from the hips to the point where the foot lands. This reduces strain from aggressive over-striding.
To avoid shoulder and lower-neck strain, runners are advised to drop their shoulders and allow their arms to swing loosely at their sides. Keeping the arms too close to the body limits the arm-swing, which requires the runner to exert more energy with each stride.
Proper breathing is also key. Belly breathing – when the abdominal area expands during inhalation and contracts during exhalation – should be the goal when running. This technique enables the lungs to function at full capacity, giving runners the maximum-possible oxygen uptake.
Alaska Native Health Board
The CEO and president of Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), Charles Clement oversees employee management, infrastructure development, and execution of government contracts. In addition to his responsibilities with SEARHC, Charles Clement is also a member of the Alaska Native Health Board.
Established in 1968, the Alaska Native Health Board aims to promote holistic well-being within the Native peoples of Alaska, with the primary objectives including policy analysis and advocacy. This advocacy extends to increasing the number of health aides in the state through education. Recently, this goal was reached in part by the certification of 171 behavioral, dental, and community health aides.
These community health aides work in areas such as communicable disease control, maternal health, and environmental health in remote and underserved municipalities. Certification in these areas–received through the affiliated Community Health Aide Program Certification Board–allows many individuals to remain in or near their own communities, where jobs may otherwise be scarce.
This increase of community health aides raises the statewide total to almost 500 certified practitioners.
Alaska Children’s Trust
Formerly an account executive for Aetna US Healthcare in Anchorage, Charles Clement currently serves as the president and chief executive officer of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. One of Charles Clement’s favorite charities is the Alaska Children’s Trust, which works to prevent child abuse and encourages children to take steps toward their dreams.
One simple way parents can help their children achieve success is by eating with them. Scientific research shows that eating meals with your children benefits them in multiple ways. For younger children, the communal experience helps increase their vocabularies, which often leads to reading at a younger age. Family meals boost vocabulary even more than reading to a child.
For school-aged children, a consistent family mealtime is a predictor of high achievement in school and has an even greater impact than homework, sports, or art. One study found that teens who ate family dinner at least five days per week were two times as likely to get grades of A as students who had family dinner two times or fewer per week.
Something as simple as family dinner not only brings the family together but increases a child’s chance of success. For more ways to foster success, visit alaskachildrenstrust.org.
Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
Since 2012, Charles Clement has been the chief executive officer and president of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. With previous positions at the Southcentral Foundation and Aetna US Healthcare, Charles Clement has spent his professional life in Alaska’s health care industry. For Alaska and Colorado business professionals, drastic change may be on the horizon as the states consider a single-payer health care system.
Traditionally in the United States, our third-party payer system means that we pay premiums to insurance companies like Aetna. In a single-payer system, the government provides health care, with citizens paying higher taxes to make up for it.
While Colorado is putting the decision to a vote, Alaska is considering it out of desperation, as the state has only one commercial insurer for residents under age 65. Since 2015, the state has lost three insurers due to Alaska’s isolation and relatively small population.
In June 2016, the Alaska state government approved a bill to subsidize health care costs for high-risk patients, paid for by levied taxes on insurance. Switching to a single-payer health care system will give Alaskans something in common with their closest neighbor, Canada, which is also on a single-payer system.