Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. The good news is that many heart problems are preventable with healthy lifestyle habits.

As a way to encourage Sitkans to take care of their hearts, and prevent heart disease, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is participating in American Heart Month by inviting community members to an event hosted by the SEARHC Health Promotion team Tuesday, February 28, 2017. 

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SITKA – SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is inviting Native high school students to apply for the 2017 Ethel Lund Village Health Occupations Program (VHOP) that takes place Monday, April 10 through Friday, April 14, 2017, in Sitka.

Each year, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) selects several Southeast-area Native students interested in health careers for VHOP, and the students spend a week at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital learning about different health careers and educational opportunities. Participation numbers over the past several years have been excellent and included students from high schools all over Southeast Alaska.

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SITKA – More women die from heart disease and stroke than any other cause in Alaska.  While most people associate the heart with feelings of love during February, SEARHC and re:fresh FITNESS studio want to remind women that your heart is an incredible machine that pumps for you 24 hours a day. Like any machine, hearts need proper fuel, tune-ups, and maintenance.

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HAINES – While most people associate the heart with feelings of love during the month of February, the SEARHC WISEWOMAN program and Body IQ Physical Therapy and Yoga want to remind women that each of their hearts is an incredible machine that works hard for them 24 hours a day. Of course, like any machine, hearts need proper fuel, tune-ups, and maintenance to run smoothly.

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SITKA – SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is honored to have recently been awarded a $1,039,603 grant by Indian Health Service (IHS) as part of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians. The annual grant supports diabetes care and prevention services at SEARHC facilities throughout Southeast Alaska for five years, potentially bringing more than 5 million dollars to the region to help patients.  

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SITKA – Those approaching age 65 with questions about Medicare and Social Security, and anyone over 65 and thinking about starting Medicare or Social Security, are encouraged to attend a joint presentation by SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Waddell and Reed that can help answer their questions. 

When: Friday, February 10, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: Harrigan Centennial Hall, 330 Harbor Dr, Sitka, AK 99835

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HAINES – Open enrollment through the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace began November 1, 2015, and continues through January 31, 2016. To help the Haines community members navigate the process, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Outreach and Enrollment Specialist, Susan Briles will be at the Haines Clinic January 9 – 12. She is available by appointment to help people apply for insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace, renew their Marketplace insurance, and apply for Medicaid. 

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JUNEAU — If you haven’t signed up for health insurance, it is not too late! January is the last month for open enrollment on the Health Insurance Marketplace. Medical coverage will begin February 1, 2017, for those that sign up before January 15. Signing up after January 15 means coverage begins March 1, 2017. 

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