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.
An Alaska native, Charles Clement has served as the president and CEO of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) for more than six years. In addition to his ongoing initiatives in the fields of general public and Alaska native health, Charles Clement supports nonprofit organizations, such as the Halibut Coalition, which fights for sustainable fishing practices.
As the global commercial fishing industry continues to exploit one-third of the world’s fish stock at unsustainable levels, researchers are particularly keen to determine which entities are doing the most fishing, where they are fishing, and how much they are catching. A study published in the August 2018 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances recently determined that 97 percent of all industrial fishing activity in international waters is conducted by ships of nations with upper-middle incomes or higher. In fact, five countries in particular — China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Spain — are responsible for the vast majority of this activity. Perhaps even more surprising, even in the territorial waters of poorer nations, wealthier nations conduct 78 percent of overall commercial fishing.
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
A participant of the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School, Charles Clement also holds a master of public administration degree from the University of Alaska. Since 2012, Charles Clement has served as president and CEO of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), which recently earned recognition from the Alaska Immunization Program.
The Alaska Immunization Program recognized SEARHC for achieving its Healthy Alaskans 2020 goal in 2017. The state of Alaska is striving to improve its vaccination rates across the state for children ages 19 to 35 months. The goal is for 75 percent of these children to receive the vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
Within SEARHC, Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka and Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau surpassed the 75 percent mark in an assessment of at least 30 patients. SEARHC is committed to continue its dedication to the health of local children by giving them the vaccines they need to avoid childhood disease and lead healthy lives in the future.
WISEWOMAN Women’s Health
A graduate of the University of Alaska, Charles Clement worked for more than a decade as a senior executive with Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage. In 2012, Charles Clement left the organization and joined Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), where he currently serves as president and CEO.
In addition to overseeing medical facilities in over 20 communities, SEARHC offers a number of programs to help prevent disease and injury among the populations it serves. The organization’s work in the area of health promotion includes the WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program, which provides cancer screenings and other services for Alaskan women.
Through the program, SEARHC partners with the Breast Cancer Detection Center to provide mammograms in remote communities using a mobile mammography van. The van makes various stops throughout southeast Alaska each spring and fall.
Other services offered as part of the WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program include free breast exams, pap tests, and cardiovascular screenings. The program also connects women to any follow-up care they may need. More information about WISEWOMAN and SEARHC’s other health promotion programs and activities can be found at www.searhc.org.
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.
Charles Clement serves as the president and chief executive officer of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), a nonprofit tribal health group based in Juneau, Alaska, that involves 18 native communities. Under Charles Clement’s leadership, SEARHC fosters health awareness through an assortment of health-promotion programs.
These programs support healthier communities through identification and fulfillment of unmet healthcare needs. Additionally, the programs provide assistance with public policy, education, and problem-solving for issues related to community health. Although the programs cover a range of health issues, they operate with a universal goal of preventing disease and injury, supporting sick individuals, and advocating for public health policies.
SEARHC currently administers six health-promotion initiatives that include the WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program. This serves low-income, under-insured, and uninsured Alaskan women by enabling them to access lifestyle programs and chronic disease risk-factor screenings. Additionally, it removes financial barriers that prevent them from affording cancer screenings, and provides referral services for preventing cardiovascular disease. Staff can also assist women in receiving any necessary follow-up care.
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.