Lifelong Dedication Results in Receiving AFN’s President’s Award

Dr. Galbreath connects with a customer-owner.

SCF congratulates Senior Medical Director of Quality Assurance Dr. Donna Galbreath on receiving the Alaska Federation of Natives’ President’s Award!

Dr. Galbreath, the first Ahtna Athabascan doctor, is from the village of Mentasta. Since completing her medical training 27 years ago, she has worked for Tribal organizations dedicating her career to providing health care in both urban and remote areas of Alaska — with the focus of partnering with Alaska Native people to improve the quality of, and access to, health care services. Recognizing the importance of partnership in health, Dr. Galbreath shared, “If you own something, you have certain expectations; you’re actually proud of it, are involved in it, and take care of it.”

Within her senior leadership role at SCF, Dr. Galbreath not only provides direction for the organization, she also delivers care to Elders, youth, and others as a primary care physician. To ensure optimal health care delivery, Galbreath helps direct strategic planning and development through SCF’s Quality Assurance program.

“We have taken the values and culture of Alaska Native people and created a system of health care that improved the health of our people,” she said.

For the past 12 years, Galbreath has led many projects at SCF that improved SCF’s award winning Nuka System of Care. Her work in this area helps ensure the entire health care system is practicing in the same way, making whole population health management possible.

Under Galbreath’s guidance, SCF achieved the highest level of Patient Centered Medical Home status from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. She has been instrumental in improving and expanding the cancer screening and cancer service programs at ANMC, creating a multidisciplinary peer review program, and guiding the whole-system redesign efforts for the OB-GYN department and the Chronic Pain Program. Her efforts have helped improve the quality of services and increase customer-owner satisfaction.

Galbreath’s work to improve the health of Alaska Native people does not stop with SCF. Stunned by the low numbers of Native students gaining entrance into medical school, she dedicated time toward creating positive change through the WWAMI School of Education and organizations such as the Association of American Indian Physicians. Within AAIP, she served as president and helped increase the number of Native people in medical school, while supporting, mentoring, and connecting them with others. Her work has been featured in publications such as Modern Healthcare magazine, Indian Country Today, and the National Library of Medicine’s Native Voices (Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness) exhibit.

SCF is proud of Dr. Galbreath for her lifetime dedication to the health and wellness of Alaska Native people and looks forward to her future contributions.

by SCF Public Relations

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