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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

Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center Wellness Center, 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 community organizations to offer services and programs to support healthy lifestyle choices. Services offered by VNPCC Wellness Center include group learning circles, special health events, individualized health coaching, cooking classes, and educational events. The team also creates health-related campaigns and hosts regular public activities at VNPCC. Federal, state, and private health related grants allow VNPCC employees to travel to rural villages served by Southcentral Foundation to conduct local health events. VNPCC Wellness Center works closely with community partners: Knik Tribal Council, Chickaloon Traditional Village Council, migrant education, and Sutton Elders Group.

VNPCC Wellness Center also includes complementary medicine (acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapy), physical therapy, and exercise services.

VNPCC Wellness Center focuses on:

*Due to COVID-19, VNPCC Wellness Center is unable to offer in-person wellness events. Please check back for an updated calendar for in-person activities.

VNPCC Wellness Center offers a monthly wellness activities calendar featuring all activities, learning circles, and special events.

Lose to Win is an evidenced-based weight management program that focuses on healthy lifestyle changes. The primary goal of Lose to Win is to 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 support you in reaching your weight loss goals and to keep the weight 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 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 through the VNPCC Quit Tobacco Program. The program is free of charge to customer-owners and offers one-on-one consultation and coaching with a tobacco treatment specialist.

Tobacco treatment specialists share the skills you need to quit tobacco for life and provide the tools and resources to help you be successful, including access to nicotine replacement therapy, other quit aids, and acupuncture services. If you have any questions about quitting, please talk to your primary care provider or contact the VNPCC 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 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 aide therapist.

Diabetes Self-Management Education Class (6 hours)

VNPCC Wellness Center offers a one-day comprehensive course for those with diabetes. Learn how to manage your diabetes and be as healthy as possible by focusing on self-care behaviors such as healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medication, healthy coping, finding support, and more! Lunch will be provided.

Class dates and times vary, and 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, learn additional ways to manage your diabetes, prevent complications, and receive ongoing support from peers and guest speakers. 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.

Click here for additional links to resources related to diabetes and healthy living.

*Due to COVID-19, VNPCC Wellness Center is unable to offer this service. Please check back for an update on in-person activities.

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

*Due to COVID-19, VNPCC Wellness Center is referring this service to Southcentral Foundation Health Education in Anchorage who provide online courses. Please check back for an update on in-person activities at VNPCC.

Birthing Basics is a class offered for parents in their third trimester of pregnancy (28-42 weeks). Class focuses 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.
For more information or to register for these SCF Health Education classes, email scfhedchildbirthonline@southcentralfoundation.com.

*Due to COVID-19, VNPCC Wellness Center is unable to offer this service. Please check back for an update on in-person activities.

Breastfeeding basics focuses on breastfeeding 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.

*Due to COVID-19, VNPCC Wellness Center is unable to offer this service. Please check back for an update on in-person activities.
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 will be served.

*Due to COVID-19, VNPCC Wellness Center is unable to offer this service. Please check back for an update on in-person activities.

Healthy Cooking on a Budget is 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 tips on healthy cooking with tasty samples, how to shop healthy on a budget, cooking quick and easy family meals, getting the kids involved with mealtime prep, and increasing family communication. To register, call (907) 631-7630.

*Due to COVID-19, VNPCC Wellness Center is unable to offer this service. Please check back for an update on in-person activities.
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.

Although gynecological cancers can be uncomfortable or even embarrassing to discuss, VNPCC Wellness Center is committed to raising awareness and removing the stigma associated with discussing female health issues. Let’s open 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.

Learn more about colorectal cancer by clicking here.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the United States. When breast cancer is detected early, there is a greater chance of successful treatment.

Alaska Native and American Indian women should begin routine breast cancer screenings at age 40. People under age 40 with a family history of breast cancer should talk to their primary care provider about what age to begin screening, screening frequency, and which screening method is best.

To learn more about breast cancer, click here or contact your primary care provider to schedule your breast cancer screening.

Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center Cafe

Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center Cafe is conveniently located in the main lobby of the VNPCC. The cafe currently serves espresso and caffeine-free beverages and a healthy variety of snacks, salads, and soup. Please click here to view the current menu.

For more information, please contact the VNPCC Wellness Center at VNPCCCafe@southcentralfoundation.com.

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

Phone
(907) 631-7630

Fax
(907) 631-7653

Hours
7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday – Friday

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