The CEO of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), Charles Clement is a longtime healthcare executive currently based in Juneau, Alaska. As part of his professional commitment to a healthy Alaska, Charles Clement closely follows the public health crises most commonly impacting his state.
The state of Alaska has traditionally had some of the nation’s highest rates of domestic violence, child abuse, and chemical dependency. Alcoholism is widespread, and prescription drug addiction is on the rise. Research now suggests that heroin abuse in the state is growing and approaching dangerous levels.
Heroin use has nearly quadrupled in Alaska since 2002. Overdoses are also on the rise, causing a crisis in public health as well as a large financial burden on the medical system. The current rate of heroin-related death in the state is approximately 2.7 deaths per 100,000 people, which is triple the 2008 rate and 42% higher than the national average.
Officials blame some of this crisis on over-reliance on opioid pain relievers. People become addicted to prescription drugs and then fall back on heroin later. The drug has also become relatively inexpensive lately, exacerbating the problem.
Healing Hand Foundation
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 Children’s Trust
Charles Clement serves as president and CEO of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, which is based in Juneau. The nonprofit tribal health consortium supports the wellbeing of Native Alaskan communities. Charles Clement is also a supporter of the work of the Alaska Children’s Trust, working to empower Alaska’s youth.
The Alaska Children’s Trust exists to protect children of Alaska against abuse and neglect. Founded in 1988, the charity has helped Alaskan children grow up safely for almost three decades.
The trust’s Start Small. Dream Big. campaign features interviews with Alaskans who have achieved their childhood dreams in one way or another. Whether they aspire to be firefighters, artists, or professional athletes, youth can watch videos for inspiration and learn how many opportunities are available to them in Alaska.
The campaign also offers tips for parents, teachers, coaches, and other mentors of young people. The advice helps today’s leaders encourage the young people they know to facilitate their growth into successful Alaskans.
For the last three years, healthcare executive Charles Clement has served as president and CEO of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium(SEARHC) in Juneau, Alaska. Associated to his responsibilities with the organization, Charles Clement maintains an active fundraising agenda.
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) was recently awarded a $200,000 grant from the law firm of Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry. The nearly 40 year old firm specializes in tribal law and recently launched a $3.5 million charitable program to support tribal health care. The grant awarded to SEARHC is part of that program.
SEARHC is extremely grateful to be a recipient of the law firm’s generous charitable giving endeavors. The grant will be used toward the Consortium’s pediatric dental expansion project in Juneau.
The project will aid children with an array of dental needs and will help reduce the costs of healthcare and travel for both the community of Juneau as well as outlying villages in the region. The expanded facility will open in 2016.