Imagine being in a windy, remote Alaska community, and a fisherman was struck in the head by a 600-pound crab pot. You’re tasked with keeping him alive as he is transported by boat and air to the nearest community that can provide emergency care.

Southcentral Foundation’s Vice President of Organizational Development and Innovation Michelle Tierney was honored with a 2019 YWCA Alaska/BP Women of Achievement Award.

Donations help support many programs at Southcentral Foundation and in some cases they support the delivery of services that would otherwise not be possible.

For more than 20 years, Southcentral Foundation’s Elder Program has spread holiday cheer by hosting a food drive to help provide Elder customer-owners with food for the holidays.

Elder Program participants welcomed the 2019 fall season with a potluck. The Elder Fall Harvest Potluck, hosted by Southcentral Foundation’s Elder Program, served lunch to over 400 Elders at the end of September.

Alaska Native and American Indian people experience a higher risk for heart disease and related complications than any other racial group in the United States. Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a condition that puts you at risk for heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease.

In September, Southcentral Foundation promoted gynecological cancer awareness and encouraged women to Know the Big 5 and Thrive. The five most common gynecological cancers include cervical, uterine or endometrial, ovarian, vulvar, and vaginal cancers.

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.