Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Offers Food Distribution

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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.

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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.

ANTHC Builds a 202-Room Patient Housing Facility

President of Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium in Juneau, Alaska, Charles Clement manages a $125 million operation. Staying current on topics impacting the health care industry, Charles Clement and SEARHC maintain a strong relationship with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC).

ANTHC is in the progress of constructing a 202-room patient housing facility in Anchorage. Supporting the Alaska Native Medical Center, the infrastructure is slated to open fall 2016 and will provide lodging for patients and families traveling to Anchorage to receive care. ANTHC believes the project will ease the burden of travel and hotel expenditures for both the patients and the Alaska Tribal Health System.

With 30 rooms dedicated to pre-maternal patients and their families, the facility will connect directly to the medical center via a sky bridge. Patients with high-risk pregnancies or who require specialty medical care or infusion and radiation therapy will have improved access to treatment as well. Planned building features include communal living spaces, cooking areas, self-serve laundry rooms, and an exercise room.

Epidemiology Center of the ANTHC

Charles Clement currently leads as the president and CEO of the South East Alaska Regional Health Consortium in Juneau. Charles Clement also belongs to local groups like the Alaska NativeBrotherhood a nonprofit organization focused on advocacy for Native Alaska people and issues and a past board member of Alaska Naive Tribal Health Consortium

As a past board member for the Alaska Native Tribal Heal Consortium a part of its mission, ANTHC operates an Epidemiology Center, which serves Alaska Native people by providing health monitoring and reporting services. Since 1969, the Alaska Native Tumor Registry has studied the frequent occurrence of tumors among the people it serves. The Epidemiology Center continues this effort through programs that gather health data, support family health, and conduct CRC screening.

One of 12 Tribal Epidemiology Centers recognized in the nation, the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center operates as part of the ANTHC’s Division of Community Health Services. The center assists other health institutions, such as the National Epidemiology Program, and focuses on its core objectives of assistance, data sharing, surveillance, and disease prevention.