I am a combat veteran and Tlingit from Southeast Alaska. In 2006, I deployed for 15 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I was a part of a group of soldiers who came to a hardened place, yet we became a unit, a family – comrades.

The Peak of the Week hiking challenge is an excellent way to discover new paths and meet new hikers while enjoying the physical, emotional, and social benefits of climbing. This challenge will feature a new weekly trail from July to August, inviting you to experience some of the best areas in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Southcentral Foundation’s New Generations Project focuses on the importance of infant and early childhood mental health and connecting new generations from pre-pregnancy through age 5. Setting the foundation for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness as early as infancy can set your child up for future success.

At the heart of Southcentral Foundation’s customer-owned, relationship-based Nuka System of Care is the voice of the customer-owner. As an organization that is owned and operated by Alaska Native people, listening and responding to customer-owner feedback is a priority.

In the early 1940s, an influx of settlers introduced new diseases to Alaska Native populations. Illnesses such as meningitis, chicken pox, whooping cough, and influenza were detrimental to communities with no preventative strategies. Over the past several decades, however, medical researchers have developed vaccines to help prevent these diseases.

Southcentral Foundation’s Nuka System of Care is customer driven by and centered on family. Having the same primary care team for all members of your family fosters meaningful relationships.

Mindfulness is the practice of focusing on the present, tapping into our five senses to ground ourselves in the moment. To clear up misconceptions of mindfulness; being mindful does not require you to have a quiet mind free of emotion or a pristine location to practice. In fact, most people already practice it without even knowing it.

The first bridging ceremony for Benteh Nuutah Four Directions Outpatient Treatment Center participants was held this summer. Individuals who completed the program are invited to gather to acknowledge their journeys. A bridging ceremony honors the transition from being in treatment to living in recovery.

It’s been over two years since the first cases of COVID-19 were detected in the United States. Since then, much has been learned about the virus and countless lives have been saved and communities protected due to vaccination.

As termination dust creeps down the mountains, the sun dips lower on the horizon, and the air is taking on a chill. With these signals that winter is approaching, it’s important to consider the safety precautions you take in your daily life and recreational activities.