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.
Trees fly by in a whir as the mountains rise up from the encroaching horizon, the scene is electric; conversations are charged with the beauty of the landscape as old friends connect and new friends meet.
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. According to the State of Alaska Division of Public Health: one in every three Alaska kids is overweight or obese; obese children are more likely to grow up to be obese adults than children who are not obese; obese children and adults are more likely to suffer from chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and certain cancers during their lifetimes.
Southcentral Foundation’s Native Men’s Wellness Program supports men dedicated to changing their circumstances by embracing a new level of accountability, determined and set by individual participants.
Alaska Native people know that traditional ways of healing are effective. For years, Southcentral Foundation has explored the traditional wisdom of Elders and studied the healing approaches that Alaska Native people have practiced for generations.