Established in 1975, SEARHC is a nonprofit health consortium of 18 Native communities of Southeast Alaska. Its mission is to establish programs that will help provide the best health care services for the Native members of the local community.
Programs include drives to increase the number of potential bone marrow donors who are of American Indian and Alaska Native descent. A recent drive, held on March 16 and 23 at the Ethel Lund Medical Center, hopes to add prospective donors to the Be The Match Registry, the world's largest marrow registry. SEARHC's Dr. Janice Sheufelt said in a statement that as much as 23 percent of Alaska Natives have no registry match, and she hopes that this drive will reduce that figure.