Southcentral Foundation would like to thank some of the funders, whose contributions allow SCF to offer new, expanded, culturally-appropriate programs that support whole-person care, and services to customer-owners. Currently, SCF receives grants from more than 50 organizations. Over time, and with the support of these grants, SCF has developed Tribal doctors, clinics, conducted research, and established noteworthy initiatives. Family Wellness Warriors Initiative and the Native Men’s Wellness program are two of several renowned programs which, through their success, have drawn the interest of major health care systems around the world.
The Rasmuson Foundation and M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust have both contributed substantially to the health and wellness of the Alaska Native Community. As part of the private family foundation’s commitment to improving the lives of Alaskans, the foundations have contributed more than $4 million in funding. Most recently, the Rasmuson Foundation provided funds dedicated to the Nuka Learning and Wellness Center as well as furnishing and equipping the 21-chair dental clinic in the Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center.
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust was created in 1975 to enrich the quality of life in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. From day one, their mission has been to serve individuals, families, and communities across the Pacific Northwest by providing grants to organizations that strengthen the educational, social, spiritual, and cultural base. Their partnership with SCF to support the common good has been dedicated to ensuring new employee salaries and benefits for the Nuka Institute health training center.
Avon Breast Health Outreach Program helps SCF provide early detection for breast cancer in Alaska Native women, who on average, face higher risks than women of other ethnicities. The grant contributes to SCF’s initiatives to support breast and cervical health programs, offering free mammograms and exams in communities across Alaska.
Center for Disease Control’s largest investment to improve health among Alaska Native and American Indian people is the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country program. The program is a $78 million initiative that started in 2014 and supports 35 Tribes, Tribal organizations, and Tribal epidemiology centers, including Southcentral Foundation. This grant helps address many of the health priorities identified from customer-owner feedback collected during the recent needs assessment conducted by SCF, including: develop and support programs to reduce the rates of death and disability from tobacco, alcohol, and drug abuse; reduce the prevalence of obesity; and reduce the rates of death and disability from diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Family Wellness Warriors Initiative is one of the many programs funded by the State of Alaska and Indian Health Service. Beginning in 1999, the program focuses on Alaska Native families who as a group, experience the highest incident rating of any group in the state where reports of child abuse and neglect are substantiated. The initiative is a statewide education and training project developed to prevent domestic violence.
The above listed grants and funders are a few of more than 50 who on an annual basis, support Southcentral Foundation’s Vision and Mission.
For more information regarding funding, grants, and programs, visit our website at southcentralfoundation.com.
by Kally Greene-Gudmundson