President’s Update for May 28, 2011

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In this edition … Dr. Walter Soboleff remembered: Several members of the SEARHC Board of Directors and executive staff attended Dr. Walter Soboleff’s ANB Memorial Ceremony and Celebration of Life. Like many individuals and organizations, we were also touched by Dr. Soboleff’s achievements over his life. “Gumboot Determination: A History of SEARHC” remembers Dr. Soboleff as the ANB Grand President during the forming of the health committee. SEARHC is a grandchild of the ANB and ANS through the health committee. Dr. Soboleff offered his presence at the meetings, advice and support for his wife, Genevieve, who was a member of SEARHC and a health aide in Tenakee. We will always remember Dr. Soboleff for his focus on health promotion and his many notes of encouragement to staff. We were honored to attend the service and support the Soboleff family as well as our people across the region. Back to top SEARHC hosts diabetes conference in Juneau: The SEARHC Diabetes Program hosted two free diabetes prevention and control training events on Tuesday, May 24, and Thursday, May 26, in Juneau. The first day featured policy training led by Joanie Fogel, who manages the Center of Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Communities Program for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. The second event was a day-long conference called “Working Together to Prevent and Control Diabetes in Southeast Alaska.” Keynote presentations were made by Dr. Julien Naylor with the SEARHC Diabetes Program; Meera Narayanan of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC); Dr. Terry Raymer of ANTHC; and Gary Ferguson, N.D. of ANTHC. In addition to the two public events, the SEARHC Diabetes Team met on Wednesday, May 25, for training. Back to top SEARHC hosts annual meeting of ‘1 is 2 Many’ regional suicide task force: The SEARHC Behavioral Health/Suicide Prevention Program is hosting the annual meeting of the “1 is 2 Many” regional suicide prevention task force for Southeast Alaska this week in Juneau. The task force met on Thursday and Friday, May 26-27, at the Vocational Resource and Training Center. Four members of the task force — Bill Martin, Wilbur Brown, Rhonda Herington and Megan Gregory — also appeared on KTOO-FM radio’s “A Juneau Afternoon” interview show with Jeff Brown on Friday. Finally, the “Every Mile Is Worth It” five-kilometer (3.1-mile) fun run/walk (with a maze and optional one-mile run/walk) took place Saturday morning on the Treadwell Trails in Douglas. Back to top Chilkat River Walk/Run/Ride raises money for cancer travel fund: The fifth annual Chilkat River Walk/Run/Ride from Klukwan to Haines takes place on Saturday, June 4, to raise funds for the Haines Hospice Cancer Travel Fund and raise awareness about breast cancer and breast health. This year participants can walk, run or bicycle the course. The 23-mile walk/run/ride from Klukwan to Haines starts at 8 a.m. at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Klukwan Health Center and ends at the Southeast Alaska State Fairgrounds. New this year is a second start time at 10 a.m. at 10-Mile for people who want to support the cause, but want to start later and not complete the entire course. This walk/run/ride event is open to all ages and genders. There is a $10 suggested donation that goes to the Haines Hospice Cancer Travel Fund, which provides a one-time travel stipend for Haines residents diagnosed with cancer. Participants also can obtain pledge sheets for people who want to gather sponsors. Since the first year of the Chilkat River Walk (2007), approximately 420 walkers have raised about $5,700 for the travel fund and other cancer causes. To learn more about the Chilkat River Walk, call Kathryn Friedle at 766-6366 or Pam Sloper at 766-6367. Back to top Car seat technician training in Juneau: SEARHC has partnered with several groups to host a child passenger safety technician continuing education course on Friday and Saturday, June 3-4, at the SEARHC Ethel Lund Medical Center conference rooms in Juneau. The training is for nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPSTs) who need continuing education units and hands-on car seat installation check-off opportunities to maintain their certifications. Friday’s classes are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., while Saturday’s are 8-10 a.m. A free public car seat check-up event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Juneau Police Department, 6255 Alaway Ave. This check-up event allows parents to have their child car seats checked, while allowing the students to have check-off opportunities to maintain their credentials. To learn more, contact Lorena Gray at 364-4465 or lorena.gray@searhc.org, or e-mail Shawn O’Donnell at o’donnellsp@muni.org. SEARHC also provides free child car seat safety checks in Juneau, just call Lorena for details. Back to top Bike helmets distributed: The SEARHC Injury Prevention program and its partners have distributed more than 200 bike helmets this spring. The program has 80 more bike helmets to distribute within our region. If you have a community event and would like the SEARHC Injury Prevention program to help you increase the use of bike helmets, call Lesa Way at 966-8804. Back to top Home telehealth monitoring program wins national award: The National Rural Health Association has named the Alaska Federal Health Care Partnership Home Telehealth Monitoring Program the nation's most outstanding rural health program for 2011. The partnership's Home Telehealth Monitoring Program places small, easy-to-use monitors in patients' homes to remotely measure vital signs such as blood pressure, weight, pulse, blood oxygen, and glucose levels, and helps patients learn better self-care. These monitors, which are known as “turtles,” have been used by SEARHC elder patients in Kake, Angoon, Klawock, Craig, Hydaburg and Juneau. The monitors also can be used by patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes or hypertension. The award recognizes the partnership's efforts to improve the quality of health care for federal health care beneficiaries throughout Alaska. The partnership is a voluntary group of all the state's federal health care agencies. The partnership leverages the strengths of these members to improve health care for more than 130,000 Alaska Natives using tribal health care systems in Alaska, and more than 146,000 Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and U.S. Coast Guard active duty personnel, dependents and military retirees throughout the state. Back to top Regards, Roald