The chief executive officer of the SouthEast Alaska regional healthcare consortium SEARHC, Charles Clement has a long history of working with Alaska Native populations on a variety of healthcare issues. SEARHC was established under the provisions of the Indian Self-Determination Act and continues to provide services as one of the largest and oldest Native-operated health organizations in the United States. In addition to his responsibilities at SEARHC, Charles Clement holds active membership in multiple Native American organizations including the Alaska Native Health Board (ANHB).
Established in 1968, the ANHB operates as a leading advocate of Native health issues within the state of Alaska. Building upon the prominent role that it plays in helping to shape public policy, the ANHB offers a range of public resources to Native Americans directly.
A leading ANHB tribal resource is the Alaska Tribal Health System (ATHS), a multifaceted system of healthcare providers that represents the diversity of Alaska Native people. Over the past 30 years, the ATHS has grown in size and scope to support an annual budget of approximately $800 million.
Because they are spread across roughly 586,400 square miles of largely roadless land, members of Alaska’s 229 federally recognized Native American tribes often have difficulty obtaining quality medical care. In many cases, tribal health organizations such as those of the ATHS are the only healthcare providers in the area.
Charles Clement holds an undergraduate degree in economics and political science from Northern Arizona University and completed a masters of public administration at the University of Alaska. He also attended Harvard Business School’s executive leadership program.