Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center
Wellness Center

COVID-19 Information

Southcentral Foundation’s leadership understands these are difficult times and continues to closely monitor this dynamic, rapidly evolving situation.

Part of SCF’s Emergency Management Plan and Pandemic Response includes different levels of operations and staffing based on many factors, including paying attention to guidance from health authorities and local officials.

  • Virtual and in-person services available

The health education department, based in Wasilla, consists of health educators, program coordinators, administrative support personnel and a management team. Together, the team partners with customer-owners, family members, primary health care providers and other community organizations to offer free services and programs to make healthy choices in their daily lives. These services include group learning circles, special health events, individualized health coaching, cooking classes, and educational events! The team also creates health-related social campaigns, and host regular public activities at the Valley Native Primary Care Center. The department operates a number of federal, state and private health related grants, and travels regularly to villages served by Southcentral Foundation to conduct local health events. Our department also works closely with community partners such as Knik Tribe, Chickaloon Tribe, migrant education, and Sutton Elders Group.

The VNPCC health education department focuses on:

Health education monthly wellness activities calendar featuring all activities, learning circles and special events.

To view the calendar, click here. To download the pdf, click here.

The Lose to Win weight loss program is an evidenced-based weight management program that focuses on healthy lifestyle changes. The primary goal of Lose to Win is to help improve overall health, and in the process, lose weight. It can also help you maintain a healthy weight. Lose to Win provides you with all the essential tools you need to help you reach your weight loss goal and keep it off. Healthy eating habits and physical activity are the keys to success. Participants who attend Lose to Win and meet their goals can also win an array of healthy incentives, such as healthy cookbooks, blenders, food steamers, serving ware, exercise balls, gym bags, food processors, and more! Health educators, primary care providers, dietitians, exercise physiologists, and behavioral health consultants facilitate this program. Lose to Win also features health coaching to support and guide you along the way.

Click here to learn more.

Choosing to quit tobacco is one of the best choices you can make for your health. While it is not an easy thing to do, many people have quit tobacco through our program. We offer tobacco counseling in an individual or group setting, with extensive health coaching.

We will help you learn the skills you need to quit tobacco for life. Our tobacco treatment specialists can provide you with the tools and resources to help you be successful, including access to nicotine replacement therapy and other quit aids. If you have any questions about quitting, please talk to your primary care provider or contact the Valley wellness center.

Click here to learn more.

Discover ways to manage your diabetes, prevent complications, and enjoy a healthy life. The Diabetes Education Program features classes that are facilitated by an integrated care team including a nurse practitioner, registered dietitian, exercise physiologist, pharmacist, medical doctor, behavioral health consultant, health educator, audiologist, optometrist, and a dental health aid therapist.

Diabetes Self-Management Education Class

This is a one-day comprehensive class where you will learn how to improve your blood sugar and A1C levels while focusing on self-care behaviors such as healthy eating, being active, taking medications, working with your care team, problem solving, healthy coping, finding support, and much more.

Class dates and times vary. Registration is required.

To register, talk to you provider or call the VNPCC Wellness Center at (907) 631-7630.

Diabetes Support Class

Share your story in a positive setting, receive ongoing support, discover additional ways to manage your diabetes, and learn how to prevent complications from peers and guest speakers from the integrated diabetes education team.

Class dates, times, and topics will vary. Registration is required.

To register, talk with your provider or call the VNPCC Wellness Center at (907) 631-7630.

Please click here to view upcoming classes.

This program features weekly nutrition and health education activities at the Elders Program location. 30 minutes of exercise focused on strength, balance, and range of motion.

Birthing Basics is a two-part class offered for parents in their third trimester of pregnancy (28-42 weeks). Classes focus on the following topics

  • Third trimester health
  • Stages of labor
  • Newborn care
  • Breastfeeding
  • Comfort techniques
  • Possible variations in labor and birth
  •  Pain medication
  • Lactation

Click here to learn more.

Breastfeeding basics focuses on breastfeeding and health, physiology of lactation, latch, positioning, breastfeeding lifestyle, pumping, and what to expect during the breastfeeding relationship. This class is open to all moms and partners during and after pregnancy.

Click here to learn more.

Weekly learning circle for toddlers and their parents or caregivers featuring marching and other fun and educational activities, such as singing, dancing, and crafts for little fingers. Refreshments areserved.

A nutrition and culinary skills learning event to encourage families to have a family meal together at least five times a week. Offered every first and third Wednesday of the month, healthy cooking on a budget features healthy cooking with tasty samples and education on how to shop healthy on a budget, cook quick and easy family meals, get the kids involved with mealtime prep, and increase family communication. Registration is required call 907-631-7630.

This program features food tastings and nutrition information in the VNPCC lobby twice a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Do you know the Big 5?

September is gynecological cancer awareness month and although this topic can be uncomfortable or even embarrassing to discuss, Southcentral Foundation is committed to raising awareness and removing the stigma associated with discussing female health issues. Let’s open up the lines of communication and help all women feel comfortable discussing ovarian, cervical, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancer with their medical providers and make informed decisions about their health. Click here to explore Big 5 and Thrive activities, events, and resources.

For more information on these health education department activities and programs, and specific schedules, please click on the above links or contact the health education department at (907) 631-7630. We look forward to walking with you on your wellness journey

Contact Us

Benteh Nuutah
Valley Native Primary Care Center
Wellness Center

1001 S. Knik-Goose Bay Road
Wasilla, AK 99654

(907) 631-7630

(907) 631-7653

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday – Friday

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