SEARHC’s Diabetes Self Management Program

 

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SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
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After graduating from high school in his hometown of Metlakatla, Alaska, Charles Clement went on to acquire a bachelor of science from Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Alaska. Charles Clement serves as president and CEO of SEARHC, the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium.

SEARHC recently announced a new program to help people in the community living with Type 2 diabetes. The no-cost Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) aims to help Sitka community members manage the emotional and physical effects of the illness on their own to help improve their health, general wellness, and confidence.

The DSMP, developed at Stanford University, uses evidence-based techniques that have shown positive results for patients who participated in studies. These techniques can help improve sleep, dietary habits, and communication with healthcare providers in order to manage symptoms like fatigue, pain, and blood-sugar fluctuations.

The weekly, interactive DSMP classes are led by facilitators who typically have diabetes themselves. Usually held in a community space such as a church, the participatory learning sessions may help attendees feel more connected to others facing similar issues. The classes are also open to friends and family of those living with diabetes so they can better support their loved ones.

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SEARHC Revamps Dental Clinic in Juneau

 

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Dental Clinic
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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.

SEARHC Opens New Pediatric Clinic

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SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
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Charles Clement serves as the president and chief executive officer of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), a nonprofit health consortium that serves the communities of Southeast Alaska. Under Charles Clement’s leadership, SEARHC continues to improve its services. Such improvements include remodel and expansion of its pediatric dental clinic.

Located at the corner building of Hospital Drive and Salmon Creek Lane, the Children’s Dental Clinic was specifically designed to appeal to children and features colorful artwork on the walls. Renovations include accessible sinks and state-of-the-art equipment, including advanced cameras and multiple monitors to give dentists easy access to X-rays and photos. The waiting room also offers a LEGO wall to entertain children while they’re waiting to be seen.

An unveiling ceremony for the new clinic occurred in June 2017. The new clinic provides a significant improvement over SEARHC’s previous one, which was outgrowing its space due to demand.