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Joerene Savikko Hout

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School Nurse

Juneau-Douglas School District
 
Background

Employment History

  • Public Health Nurse
    Fairbanks Health Center

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Bethel Prematernal Home
  • Secretary and Chairman
    National Conference of Governors Committees on Employment of the Handicapped
  • Governor's Committee On Employment of Persons
    Disabilities
Web References
Alaska Women's Hall of Fame
alaskawomenshalloffame.org, 11 Nov 2010 [cached]
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Achieving her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Washington in 1957, Joerene had interned at Firland's Sanitarium in Seattle, a hospital for Native tuberculosis and special needs patients. Joerene discovered young patients who had no idea where their parents were and found they were often placed in foster homes rather than returned to their villages because of lost records and lack of communication in the health system.
Becoming a public health nurse, Joerene was determined to be a catalyst for change in how Native people were treated in the public health system. When she discovered that many children were taken from their village homes and transported to Anchorage or Seattle for medical care by the public health service without consent forms or informing the parents of the children's location and condition, she was determined to be the liaison to assure and secure travel rights for one parent to accompany the child. Joerene became an advocate to reconnect children with parents.
Returning to Juneau in 1957, Joerene became a school nurse for Juneau-Douglas School District. As a public health nurse at Fairbanks Health Center (1961-1963), she volunteered to teach evening pre-natal classes to couples expecting their first child, and taught home care for families with a disabled family member. As the first itinerant public health nurse in Bethel (1963-1976), she founded the Bethel Prematernal Home to dramatically reduce the death rate of mothers and children in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. In 1963, there were two maternal deaths each month. After the Prematernal Home was established, there were no deaths from childbirth in 10 years. In the Prematernal Home expectant mothers could stay prior to their children's births - whether or not they had money - and receive medical care and learn to care for their babies.
Joerene brought creative educational programs to Alaska to assist employers in understanding needs, qualifications and modifying techniques to help men and women with disabilities do their jobs well. She chaired the Governor's Committee on Employment of Persons with Disabilities under both Gov.
Class of 2011 | Alaska Women's Hall Of Fame
alaskawomenshalloffame.org, 13 Mar 2011 [cached]
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As a young girl, Joerene observed differences in health care and social acceptance. Some were allowed to attend the Ketchikan public schools and others had to attend the Indian school.
Becoming a Public Health nurse, Joerene was determined to be a catalyst for change in how Native people were treated in the public health system. When she discovered that many children were taken from their village homes for medical care by the public health service without consent forms or informing the parents of the children's location and condition, she was determined to be the liaison to assure and secure travel rights for one parent to accompany the child. Joerene became an advocate to reconnect children with their parents. She founded the Bethel Prematernal Home to dramatically reduce the death rate of mothers and children in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
Joerene brought creative educational programs to Alaska to assist employers in understanding needs, qualifications and modifying techniques to help men and women with disabilities do their jobs well. She chaired the Governor's Committee on Employment of Persons with Disabilities under both Gov. Hammond and Gov. Sheffield. Between 1982 and 1984, she was secretary and chairman of the National Conference of Governors Committees on Employment of the Handicapped as well as serving on the President's Committee in planning and the executive board.
Joerene was able to provide in-depth health care because she built very real bonds of trust with women in the community. Joerene brought laughter, news of the town, conversation and friendship with sincere respect, and reminded these women there was a world outside of their kitchens and encouraged them to join it.
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