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Posted: Friday, September 21, 2007

'Lift Up Your Eyes' worship retreat to take place Sept. 27-29

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JUNEAU - "Lift Up Your Eyes" worship retreat will take place from the evening on Thursday, Sept. 27, to Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Beachside Villa Luxury Inn in Douglas, during the day. The pre-registration fee is $40 per person. The day sessions are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with breakfast and lunch included.

Evening services begin at 7 p.m. at Church for All Nations, 9109 Mendenhall Mall Road, Suite 5-E, on Friday and Saturday. They are open to everyone who desires to attend. Thursday night is meet-and-greet night. Space is limited.

Participants will seek God's face and entering deeper places in worship. There will be spiritual impartation, classes and general sessions. The main focus is to retreat with God, hear his voice and grow in worship.

Worship leaders and pastors, such as Antonia Lawrence, of Atlanta; Paul Hollifield, of Miami; Daniel Matthews, of Shawnee, Okla.; and Jason Scott, of Juneau, will speak. For information on these speakers, visit their Web sites.

For more information, visit www.spark2flame.com or call Jason at 321-5646 or Sherry at 586-0348.

Poetry Omnibus calls poets for publication in public buses

JUNEAU - Poetry OmniBus is seeking fresh poems for the interior of Juneau's public buses. Classroom teachers, for grades 5 and up, and their students may want to start thinking now about writing short poems for submission.

Poems should be 10 lines maximum so they will fit on the placards. If you have not seen the poems that have appeared in the buses in the past two years, you can find them in three-ring binders at the reference desk of each Juneau library.

Kristan Hutchison coordinated Poetry OmniBus its first two years, but in her absence, poet Robyn Holloway will manage Poetry OmniBus 2008. Watch for a detailed "call for submissions" some time in late October, providing the rules and forms.

The submittal period will run Nov. 1 through Jan. 15. Poems selected by judges will go on Juneau buses, and the winning poets will be invited to perform at a poetry reading about mid-March. Robyn Holloway can be reached by e-mail at PoetryOmniBus@hotmail.com.

SEARHC clarifiesprocedures for medical services in Ketchikan

SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium would like to remind its beneficiaries of the proper procedures for accessing emergency medical services in Ketchikan.

SEARHC patients who reside outside of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough and who are seeking treatment at the Ketchikan General Hospital emergency room are required to notify the Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Health Clinic within 72 hours of their visit. Patients who are disabled or older than 65 years old have 30 days to notify KIC. Failure to notify the KIC Tribal Health Clinic of visits to the Ketchikan General Hospital's emergency room can mean the loss of benefits, and the patient being held responsible for paying the bill.

SEARHC patients using the Ketchikan General Hospital emergency room for legitimate emergencies should call the following numbers: During the day, patients need to call (907) 228-5222 and leave their notification with the KIC Contract Health Manager; at night, patients need to call (907) 228-4900 to leave notification with the KIC answering service.

After leaving notification with the KIC Tribal Health Clinic, SEARHC beneficiaries should call SEARHC Contract Health at (866) 966-8316 (toll-free in Alaska) to make sure the visit is in SEARHC's records.

Patients with non-emergencies should wait until they can be seen at the KIC Tribal Health Clinic and not go to the Ketchikan General Hospital emergency room. Only legitimate emergency room visits to Ketchikan General Hospital will be covered under SEARHC Contract Health's agreement with KIC, while routine care should take place at the KIC Tribal Health Clinic during normal business hours.

For more information on SEARHC Contract Health policies and procedures, patients should call (866) 966-8316.

SEARHC awards injury prevention mini-grants to five Southeast towns

SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Injury Prevention Department has awarded $8,309 in mini-grants to projects in five Southeast Alaska communities.

The mini-grants were available to community prevention groups, tribal organizations, schools, injury prevention teams, youth groups or wellness coalitions in 10 Southeast communities - Haines, Klukwan, Hoonah, Angoon, Sitka, Kake, Petersburg, Wrangell, Craig and Klawock - who submitted applications in August. The five selected projects cover a range of projects from boating safety and hunter safety to the installation of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and even violence prevention in the schools.

The five winning projects are: Petersburg Rotary Club, $1,200, for "Kids Don't Float" signs and life preservers for local kiosks - This project is for all four access ramps to the harbor and the two boat launches in Petersburg, which serves 587 commercial fishing and 789 registered boats. The Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Petersburg Rotary Club will monitor the kiosks and restock the life preservers as needed.

Wrangell Public Schools, $3,197, for a violence prevention mediation program -Wrangell schools will teach communications skills, problem solving and mediation skills to 240 students in the third through eighth grades. The mini-grant will reduce conflicts, bullying and court referrals among students.

Craig Community Association Environmental Protection Division, $200, for a hunter education project - The goal is to provide 20 students in Craig with the opportunity to attend a basic hunter education class, which will promote safety, spark an interest in hunting and the subsistence lifestyle.

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA), $1,900, for boating safety classes in Hoonah and Angoon - AMSEA plans to train 20 people in Hoonah and 20 people in Angoon in cold-water survival skills, safe-boating practices, risk assessment and boating safety with young children.

Admiralty Research and Development, $2,892, for a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm project in Angoon - Since many homes in Angoon rely on wood stoves for heating during the winter, this program sill allow installers to go to individual homes and make sure that alarms have been properly installed and tested for all homes that need them.

For more information about the mini-grants, contact Evon Nesheim at 966-8804 or evon.nesheim@searhc.org

Sitka to host employee partnership wellness training next Friday

SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Steps to a Healthier Southeast Alaska program, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska and Great-West HealthCare are teaming up to present "Insurance and Employers Partnering for Better Health" from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 28, at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

This employee wellness workshop is designed to bring insurance companies and employers together, with the common goal of improving the health status of their employees. Business owners, senior-level managers and employee wellness team leaders are invited to attend.

Among the highlights on Friday are a keynote presentation by Dr. Dave Johnson, of Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska; a presentation by Megan Spicer, of Great-West HealthCare; and a panel discussion moderated by Carol White of Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska. Members of the panel include insurance company representatives, local employers, wellness advocates and educators. The workshop will conclude with a synopsis and review of the ways to implement the lessons learned.

For more information, contact SEARHC Health Educator Doug Osborne at 966-8734, Bradelle Padon at 364-4404, or Paula Scott at 747-6077.

Eagles vs. Ravens Wellness Challenge to have finale Sept. 30

JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Eagles vs. Ravens Wellness Challenge will hold its grand finale from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Tlingít-Haida Community Center, 3235 Hospital Dr.

The grand finale features a potluck luncheon at noon, with some healthy food provided by the SEARHC Health Promotion Department. Eagles vs. Ravens Wellness Challenge participants, teams and friends are encouraged to bring their favorite traditional and healthy dish or a salad or fruit plate to share. The luncheon celebrates a community working together for wellness and it is open to the entire Juneau-Douglas community (Native and non-Native). You don't have to be an Eagles vs. Ravens Wellness Challenge participant to attend.

The luncheon includes honorary dances and the announcement of the winning teams and top individual point earners. The winner of the contest between the Eagle moiety vs. the Raven moiety also will be announced. There will be lots of door prizes and gift certificates given away throughout the afternoon, and all active participants of the wellness challenge are eligible. Juneau businesses and other community programs that helped with the wellness challenge will be honored for their support and generosity.

The Eagles vs. Ravens Wellness Challenge is an eight-week program that started on July 29 and ends on Sept. 30. Participants earned points for physical activity and other wellness activities, such as quitting tobacco, improving their nutrition, getting annual check-ups, reducing their stress, mentoring, or for taking part in or attending various community and cultural events.

All points for the 2007 wellness challenge must be submitted by noon on Friday, Sept. 28, to count in this year's standings. Scoresheets can be faxed to 364-4489, or sent by e-mail to evr@searhc.org. For questions, call the Eagles vs. Ravens message line at 364-4456.

For more information, contact Alan Travasso at 364-4458, Cachet Garrett at 463-4092, Anna Marie Bennett at 364-4460, or Christy Wallace at 364-4457. Additional information and scoresheets are online at http://www.searhc.org/evr/.

SEARHC EMS to offer Wilderness First Responder course

SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Emergency Medical Services department is offering a Wilderness First Responder course that takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and all day on Saturdays from Thursday, Nov. 8, through Saturday, Dec. 15, at the SEARHC Community Health Services building in Sitka.

The Wilderness First Responder course includes a national certification through Wilderness Medical Associates that lasts for three years. The courses are useful for anybody who spends a great deal of time in the Alaska outdoors. Some emergency medical services units, guide services and search and rescue squads require the Wilderness First Responder course for employees or volunteers, and some organizations have been known to pick up all or part of the tuition for their students.

The WFR course usually takes place over 72 hours in eight days, but this particular class is designed for local residents who might not be able to give up a full week of work in order to take the class. Class times are 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with an hour for lunch on Saturdays. Classes take place in the first-floor or third-floor conference rooms of the SEARHC Community Health Services building, depending on availability. No classes will take place on Thursday, Nov. 22, and Saturday, Nov. 24, because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

No prior experience is required for the class, which also provides three-year WMA certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator use. Also available is a State of Alaska Emergency Trauma Technician certification, which is required for many ambulance, fire department and similar emergency services jobs around the state.

The course costs $375, which includes all books and materials. Checks should be made out to SEARHC EMS. There is a limit of 18 students in the class, and students must be at least 18 years old to receive WMA certification.

Registration deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and classes are open to all Southeast Alaska adult residents. Students should bring clothing suitable for wearing while working outside, but medical equipment will be supplied.

"Bring what you'd normally wear in the wilderness," said SEARHC EMS Coordinator Mike Motti, who said that part of the course will be taught outdoors.

For more information on the class, please contact Mike Motti at (907) 966-8771 or mikem@searhc.org, or contact SEARHC EMS/WFR Instructor Eric Van Cise at (907) 966-966-8769 or ericv@searhc.org. For a more detailed course description and information about the WFR certification process, go to the WMA Web site at www.wildmed.com.



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