Alaska has a unique gardening season — a short temperate summer in a northern altitude with long summer days. The limited growing season gives gardeners a brief opportunity to start a garden and produce fully developed plants before the first frost. If you are up to the challenge, even if this is your first attempt, you can grow to your heart’s content with the right tools, timing, and intent.

The Alaska Public Health Association presented Southcentral Foundation directors Dr. Donna Galbreath and LaZell Hammons with public health awards as part of the virtual 2022 Alaska Health Summit held Jan. 18-20.

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.

Despite changing work settings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, youth interns with the RAISE Program thrived during the second year of the virtual internship.

Southcentral Foundation is pleased to improve communication of medical information through participation in the CommonWell network. This program will allow sharing of information such as, if you are in an emergency, your care team may locate pertinent health care information immediately, even when on vacation.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, many customer-owners have met with their integrated care teams in the comfort and privacy of their own home, office, car, or even miles away. With a reliable internet connection or cellular signal via a smartphone, computer, or tablet, customer-owners can talk with a member of their integrated care team for many reasons.

Southcentral Foundation is committed to providing the best health care possible. Due to COVID-19, short-staffing, and the high volume of calls, phone wait times have been longer than normal at primary care facilities. While this prolonged process may cause delays and frustration, SCF has another avenue of health care management for customer-owners called MyHealth.

After decades as “beneficiaries” of an inefficient, underfunded federal health care system, Alaska Native and American Indian people were ready for radical changes in their health care experience. Southcentral Foundation’s origin story begins with groups of determined Alaska Native and American Indian people coming together and advocating for a voice in program planning and operations.

Did you know that even though a surface is clean, it may not be sanitized? It is important to stay vigilant against COVID-19 by practicing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations and keeping your household clean and sanitized.

Many holiday traditions include a family dinner or sharing sweets. While cooking and baking, it is important to practice food safety to prevent food
poisoning. Here are some precautions to take as your family prepares feasts and treats.