There was a time when this land was pristine and inhabited by multiple cultures living in reciprocity and respect alongside each other, the animals, and the elements. Thousands of years have passed, and many of these cultures Indigenous to Alaska are still thriving today.

With days that look like nights and skies lit by aurora borealis, Alaska can be a wintry wonder, reminding us of why we choose to live in this beautiful state. Here are some tips on how to stay safe and warm while enjoying and appreciating the splendors of the Alaskan winter season.

Walking beside family members or friends as they face life’s challenges can make a big difference in their lives. However, helping a loved one get needed support can, at times, feel challenging.

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.

The imagery of Alaska Native and American Indian youth pulling nets abundant with fish from the mouth of the Kenai River seemed but a distant memory for Southcentral Foundation’s Raise Program during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As families prepare their households for back-to-school schedules and fun, applying for or renewing health insurance can save money and time.

There could be many reasons not to schedule recommended exams and screenings — “I don’t have any concerning symptoms” or “I feel healthy, there’s no need,” to name a few. However, even without signs or symptoms, these appointments could be lifesaving. September is Gynecological Cancer Awareness month and a great reminder of the importance of scheduling well-woman exams.

The season is ripe for one of Alaska’s sweetest traditions: berry picking.

Although breastfeeding is natural, it may not always come naturally. Research suggests parents experience more success and less frustration when offered extra lactation support while establishing a breastfeeding routine.

Southcentral Foundation values family as the heart of the Alaska Native Community. To support the goal of building healthy families, SCF now has a Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children office available to customer-owners and residents in the Anchorage area. WIC addresses the nutritional needs of pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, postpartum non-breastfeeding mothers, and children under age 5. The program provides breastfeeding support, free healthy foods, nutritional counseling, health screenings, referrals to additional programs, and more. While often associated primarily with nutrition, WIC strives to promote breastfeeding support to as many families as possible.