President’s Update for April 5, 2013

In this edition...

Very exciting news… the Haines clinic went fully live with the IHS EHR

Thursday the Haines clinic went fully live with the IHS EHR, adding lab, radiology and pharmacy orders to the "soft" go-live they started on March 18. EHR Application Coordinators, Radiology and Lab staff were onsite this past week assisting Haines. IT staff and Application Coordinators will be back in Haines this coming Monday to continue to assisting them in the go-live process.


The SEARHC WISEWOMAN and Community Transformation Programs

SEARHC WISEWOMAN and Community Transformation Programs invite you to help celebrate World Health Day and the 50th anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO) on April 7. The focus of World Health Day this year is high blood pressure (hypertension). Although preventable, high blood pressure remains a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. In Alaska, the prevalence of hypertension among adults is 26% and rising, and ischemic heart disease and stroke are the second and fourth leading causes of premature death.

SEARHC Prevention Services will focus on increasing awareness of high blood pressure prevention and control in the coming year to help individuals manage their own blood pressure in multiple ways, including working with the Outpatient Department at MEH to promote CDC’s Million Hearts Initiative. Million Hearts aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. In addition, CDC recently released a guide to strategies to improve blood pressure control for public health practitioners (available at http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/docs/mh_smbp.pdf )


UPDATE: The SEARHC website and Facebook pages

The SEARHC website and Facebook pages are constantly being updated in an effort to increase the types of information people can be engaged with. The website (http://searhc.org) in particular, has added several new features such as the Healthy Happenings (http://searhc.org/sitka-activities and http://searhc.org/juneau-activities) section that takes the viewer to calendars that show healthy activities in Juneau and Sitka.

Every week, there will be new content added to this area and eventually all of S.E. will be highlighted, so keep checking the website for these updates. The SEARHC Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SouthEastAlaskaRegionalHealthConsortium) echoes some of the offerings from the website, but also shares other valuable information such as health tips, community and educational events and of course, culturally relevant topics. Items of interest are added on a daily basis, so please visit the FB site and “friend” us.

Charles Clement

Just a reminder...


Applications are still available for the SEARHC Summer Internship Program

The SEARHC Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for six Native students who are studying at the high school, bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree/clinical level. The program allows participants to explore career options in health care, and the interns receive valuable on-the-job training in their health care career of interest and a minimal hourly stipend. At the end of the program, interns will receive a performance evaluation with valuable feedback from their mentor(s). Students must be enrolled tribal members or descendants as certified through a Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) and currently be enrolled full-time in high school, college or vocational school with a minimum GPA of 2.5. To apply, students must complete a SEARHC Summer Internship Application, a SEARHC job application, provide two letters of recommendation (from teachers, counselors, employers, tribal leaders, etc.), a copy of the student’s current resume and a copy of the student’s current college transcripts.

The application deadline is Friday, May 10 (the application must be received or postmarked by this date), and the final selection of interns takes place on May 17. The internship program runs from June through September 2013. Completed applications may be mailed to Jessika Beam (966-8903) at SEARHC, c/o Human Resources Department, 222 Tongass Drive, Sitka, AK 99835. Applications also can be faxed to 966-8527, or scanned and e-mailed to jessika.beam@searhc.org. Because space is limited, interested students should apply early. Application packets are available at Southeast Alaska high school offices, through local tribal organizations or by going to http://searhc.org/students/summer-internships.


SEARHC hosts 24/7 crisis help line, toll-free at 1-877-294-0074:

A personal or family crisis doesn't always happen during clinic hours, so the SEARHC Behavioral Health Division has contracted with a crisis call center to provide help for Southeast Alaska residents when they need it most. The SEARHC Help Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it will be staffed with a team of master's-degree-level mental health therapists who will listen and provide effective, compassionate care. This line provides confidential telephone counseling for people during a time of mental health crisis, and it is not just an answering service. The counselors will assess the situation and provide appropriate intervention using protocols developed with SEARHC Behavioral Health. Follow-up calls from SEARHC Behavioral Health or our partner agencies will be made the next business day. For more information, contact SEARHC Behavioral Health/Suicide Prevention Program Manager Wilbur Brown at 966-8753.


SEARHC provides 24/7 on-call travel coordinators for patients traveling for care:

SEARHC has a 24/7 on-call travel coordinator to assist patients needing after-hours help while traveling for a medical appointment. The on-call staff person helps patients find new connections when a plane is diverted by weather, or assists with late-night housing. For assistance, call 1-800-916-8566 (toll-free in Alaska) or 1-907-966-8345 in Sitka, and then follow the prompts. To help us better help you, please call as soon as you know your travel schedule has been changed. For patients needing assistance from the Community Resources Program (contract health), such as emergency health care while traveling, call 1-866-966-8316 (toll-free).