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.
Each fall, Southcentral Foundation receives an increase of requests for site visits and facility tours to be given for U.S. government representatives and prospective grantors.