Since 2012, Alaska native Charles Clement has been the president and CEO of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). An alumnus of Metlakatla High School and the University of Alaska, Charles Clement previously held roles with Aetna and Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage. Founded in 1975, SEARHC is one of the longest-operating and largest Native-run health organizations in the nation, with dental health clinics located in five Alaskan cities.
Recently, the nonprofit expanded its dental clinic in Juneau due to the high demand from the local population. The new clinic is well suited for patients of all ages and boasts a new pediatric clinic, with eight beds and upgraded technology. While the organization is Native-led, Alaska Natives are not the only patients SEARHC supports; the clinic accepts all patients regardless of their background.
Dental health care includes the entire mouth and goes well beyond brushing. SEARHC’s dentists focus on all areas of oral health care and are able to scan for signs of mouth cancer and other maladies such as thrush, cold sores, and salivary gland disorders.
For the past three years, Charles Clement has served as president and chief executive officer of Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium in Juneau, Alaska. Prior to this endeavor, he worked as vice president and chief operating officer for Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage. An outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hunting and fishing, Charles Clement belongs to the Halibut Coalition.
Based in Juneau, the Halibut Coalition aims to protect the sustainability of the Pacific halibut. It also promotes effective, informed management of the halibut fishery and allocates halibut among all areas in Alaska. To keep individuals informed of its goals, the organization hosts, sponsors, and works in conjunction with other organizations at events throughout the year.
One event in which the Halibut Coalition takes part is the International Pacific Halibut Commission’s annual meeting. The 2016 event, scheduled for January 25-29 at the Centennial Hall Convention Center in Juneau, marks the organization’s 92nd annual meeting. Presentations will cover the fishery, harvest decisions, and information pertaining to the 2015 stock assessment. The final day of the meeting will cover catch limits and regulations as approved by the commission. Those who cannot attend can view the open sessions via webcast.