Alaska leads the nation in domestic violence. More than half of Alaska’s women have experienced either domestic or sexual violence. Every Alaskan regardless of age, race, culture, or status deserves to live free from harm and fear of domestic violence. Every year, Southcentral Foundation highlights the work of the Family Wellness Warriors Initiative, a program established by President/CEO Katherine Gottlieb in 1999.
Southcentral Foundation’s Native Men’s Wellness Program is dedicated to improving the health of Alaska Native and American Indian men through events and training that address the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of their lives.
CF RAISE interns held a car wash to raise money for the Employee and Community Assistance Fund. ECAF is an SCF program that provides immediate and temporary financial assistance for necessities of life to people who have encountered financial hardship for reasons beyond their control.
For the past 25 years, SCF has provided home visiting services for pregnant women and their families. Originally aiming to improve the post-neonatal infant mortality rate of Alaska Native infants, the program has evolved to focus on improving pregnancy outcomes, children’s health outcomes, family wellness, and children’s readiness for school.
One of Southcentral Foundation’s objectives is to increase the number of Alaska Native employees in all job categories. Through partnerships with accredited schools, SCF has increased the number of programs available and expanded existing employee education opportunities.
Southcentral Foundation employees enjoy helping others, as showcased during the Elder Program’s annual Day of Caring event. Each year, many SCF employees spend their workday assisting Elder customer-owners in taking care of household tasks.
As an eye doctor in primary care, I want you and your children to be healthy and see well. I prescribe glasses, contact lenses, and medicine to improve vision, but what happens when other aspects of health impact our eye sight?