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Segura Recognized as a Leader of Alaska Native and American Indian Health

Southcentral Foundation’s Board of Directors Chairman James Segura received the National Indian Health Board Public Health Innovation Award this spring. The award honors individuals, Tribes, organizations, and programs that have enriched and improved Alaska Native and American Indian public health.

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The Rising Costs of Medications

News reports are full of stories about rising costs of prescription drugs these days. Last month Southcentral Foundation reported that prices overall increased by about 10-11% annually. Medications that were once affordable are procured by drug companies and have skyrocketed in cost. In some cases, producers are bought by investors who then drive up cost dramatically, taking advantage of the critical need for that medication and the fact that no one else produces it.

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Healthy Feet Means Happy Feet

We make many friends throughout our lifetime. While some stick with us through thick and thin, others are in our life just for a season. Whatever the reason, friends come and go over the years. Sometimes friends are found in unexpected places; do yourself a favor and remember some of your best pals: your feet! They carry you when you are tired, they have taken you on adventures, and if cared for properly — can take you on many more.

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I’m a Customer-Owner, What Does That Mean?

Establishment of SCF’s Nuka System of Care involved a wide variety of changes; however, there are two primary elements that emerged: customer-ownership and relationships. Customer-ownership represents a paradigm shift in the way SCF approaches health care.

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Celebrating Sobriety

April is Alcohol Awareness Month; created by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. The observance helps to increase outreach and education regarding the dangers of alcoholism and issues related to alcohol.

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Fit, Fun, and Fabulous Elders

Supporting the health and wellness of Elders is important to Southcentral Foundation. To ensure there are many opportunities available to Elders, each clinic does their part in providing services that focus on Elder fitness and wellness. One example is the Elder activities offered in Wasilla and Sutton that focus on fitness and overall health.

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Meeting the Needs of a Vulnerable Population

For years the Brother Francis Shelter operated a small health clinic near the shelter’s front entrance. It was supported by volunteers and usually opened just once a week.

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New Services Introduced at Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center

Wasilla is one of the fastest growing communities in Alaska. Along with that growth comes an increasing need for medical services. To help address this fact Southcentral Foundation built the Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center which has been providing services to the area’s Alaska Native community since 2012.

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Pharmaceutical Costs Skyrocket as SCF Strives for Budget Stability

Prescription drug costs continue to rise at an alarming rate. Prices for common medications, such as those treating asthma and diabetes, increase by about 10% annually.

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Discard Those Pesky Pills Safely

Have you ever wondered what to do with medicine you no longer need or is expired? Pharmacies in the Alaska Native Medical Center Hospital, Anchorage Native Primary Care Center, and Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center have recently installed Medsafe medication collection bins. The bins are for all legally held medications including over-the-counter, prescription drugs, and controlled substances (schedules II-V). Unused and expired medication can be harmful to those we care about as well as the environment and wildlife.