On April 22, 2018, Harold Garoutte picked up one of the quit tobacco flyers while he was on the Alaska Native Health Campus. He called the phone number listed, and, with the help of Southcentral Foundation’s Quit Tobacco Program, he decided to give it a try.

Southcentral Foundation’s Shirley Tuzroyluke has received the 2019 National Indian Education Association’s Lifetime Achievement award. Tuzroyluke was born in Juneau, Alaska, and is a descendant of Tlingit and Nisga’a peoples.

It is that time of year when the kids are back in school and the holidays are just around the corner. Soon, there will be holiday candy and goodies being offered left and right. Remember — it is important to promote a healthy lifestyle, which includes daily oral care and proper nutrition. Now is a great time to schedule the whole family for dental exams.

What is HIV? HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. HIV weakens an individual’s immune system by breaking down cells that help fight disease and infection. It is a serious virus; the good news is, with proper medical treatment, HIV can be contained.

At the eager age of 14, Denise Bingham began her professional career at Southcentral Foundation as an intern, learning basic office etiquette within the Corporate Office while interacting with SCF leadership.

Ramona Godsby has been receiving services at Southcentral Foundation for several years. She had been declining the insurance coverage offered through her employer, before she enrolled in medical benefits and shared her insurance information with SCF.

Time may wash away footprints, but it is important to remember where we came from and how we got here. We cherish the knowledge we learned from Elders — those who have fought battles and endured hardships, those who took the time to sit down with us and share.

After achieving 20 months of sobriety, James Shelton, manager of Southcentral Foundation’s Soldier’s Heart Program, has regained his humor and has been able to rebuild a positive relationship with his wife and two daughters. This powerful transformation is a result of his experience with the Soldier’s Heart Program.

Southcentral Foundation receives visitors year-round and is proud to showcase its state-of-the-art facilities and the Nuka System of Care. This summer, SCF welcomed Jan Kennedy from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. Kennedy toured SCF with President/CEO Katherine Gottlieb. For nearly two decades, the Murdock Trust has partnered with SCF helping to achieve whole-person wellness.

Members of the Seva Foundation visited Southcentral Foundation and the C’eyiits’ Hwnax Life House Community Health Center, mid-September. While visiting Optometry and Anchorage Native Primary Care Center, they were able to see how the Nuka System of Care is applied in a variety of settings.