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Health Aides
By Cecelia Johnson


August 20, 2007

I read the article on "Health Aides" in today's Ketchikan Daily News. As a social service provider working in the Alaska Native Health Clinic here in Ketchikan, a doctor, two nurses, pharmacist, social services, would travel to Prince of Wales islands: Hydaburg, Klawock, and Craig, where Alicia Roberts, Klawock health aide, Alma Cook, Hydaburg health aide; and a Craig health aide would have appointments, rooms,home visits, charts, all set up when the medical traveling team would see patients. The health aides were organized and knew every patient and their families and they knew their job!

The Southeast Regional Health Corporations (SEARHC)in 1995 rightfully honored a health aide in Klawock, Alicia Roberts, by naming their new clinic facility after her. The health aides were available 24 hours a day and when they called for consultation from our clinic here in Ketchikan they had all the information needed so the doctor or nurse could direct on what needed to be done. Grass root workers in villages are worth their weight in gold and this article showed just that!

Cecelia Johnson
Ketchikan, AK

Received August 20, 2007 - Published August 20, 2007


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