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!
Received August 20, 2007 -
Published August 20, 2007
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