Six years ago, Southcentral Foundation was awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the highest presidential honor for performance excellence. Now, SCF has wowed for the second time.

Southcentral Foundation President/CEO Dr. Katherine Gottlieb, employees, customer-owners, and community members gathered for the third annual Prayer Walk on Sept. 5.

Sept. 30 marks the end of the first phase of Southcentral Foundation’s Tribal Doctor Training Pilot Program, and the beginning of a lifelong journey for the seven participants.

Tyler Uppaaruluk Young; Tsimshian, Eagle Clan from Metlakatla and Sugpiaq (Alutiiq) from Port Graham; grew up in Anchorage and spent time in Juneau as a young adult.

Safe sleep practices are critical to aid in the prevention of sudden infant death syndrome. SIDS is defined as the sudden death of an infant under one year of age, which remains unexplained after a thorough investigation.

Whether helping rebuild after a natural disaster or getting recalled to active duty during a conflict, those serving in the National Guard and Reserves are true unsung heroes.

Southcentral Foundation Board Member Roy Huhndorf was honored by the Alaska Federation of Natives with the Dr. Walter Soboleff Warriors of Light award on Oct. 20 during the annual convention.

The Warriors of Light award is named for the late doctor who was a Tlingit scholar, respected Elder, and religious leader. The AFN award recognizes an Alaska Native who uplifts and unifies our people.

Huhndorf was born in the village of Nulato and is of Yup’ik descent. He served in the U.S. Army and
moved to Anchorage after his service, where he became involved in the land claims settlement.

In her nomination of Huhndorf, CIRI President and CEO Sophie Minich said, “Roy Huhndorf is that
rare individual who combines visionary thinking with sharp intellect and a big heart to improve the
lives of Alaska Native people. The leadership he provided and the decisions he guided have helped
to change thousands of lives and generation will benefi t from his contributions.”

Huhndorf was elected to serve on the initial board of incorporators for CIRI in 1972. He now serves
as chairman emeritus for the CIRI Board of Directors, serving a total of 40 years on the board and 20
years as the president/CEO. In addition to serving on the board for Southcentral Foundation, he has
served as co-chair for the Alaska Federation of Natives, and as director for the University of Alaska
Board of Regents, United Way, and other organizations.

From June 12 to 14, Southcentral Foundation President/CEO Dr. Katherine Gottlieb led a trip to visit the Cook Inlet villages with 22 SCF Executive Leadership Experience participants and senior directors.

When the Southcentral Foundation Dental Assistant Training program began in 1991, no one imagined what the future would hold. The training was originally offered as a two-week course for students around Alaska and was held in a portable learning space outside of the old Alaska Native Medical Center hospital, without textbooks or technology, and with a focus on discussion rather than clinical experience.

Congratulations to the Alaska Native dance group Acilquq on winning the inaugural Indigedance Challenge at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention. In all,  twelve teams competed for the top honor in the challenge sponsored by Southcentral Foundation. The preliminaries were held at the Nuka Learning and Wellness Center, with four teams advancing to the semi-finals at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center.  The finalists danced in front of hundreds gathered on the final day of AFN.  Acilquq took home the $10,000 grand prize, the Yurapik Drummers and Dancers came in second, and the Friendship Dancers took third place. Dr. Katherine Gottlieb, SCF’s President/CEO, presented the grand prize to Aciliquq, who performed for a delegation from Aotearoa, New Zealand at the AFN banquet.