Dena A Coy Counselor Honored by Alaska Alliance

Dona King, a behavioral health technician at Southcentral Foundation’s Dena A Coy Residential Treatment Program, recently received an Outstanding Direct Service Professional Award from Alaska Alliance for Direct Service Careers.


Southcentral Foundation Places First in National Institutes of Health Storytelling Challenge

Southcentral Foundation received top honors from the National Institutes of Health’s Tribal Health Research Office storytelling challenge.

SCF Celebrated National Dental Assistant Recognition Week

National Dental Assistant Week was established by the American Dental Association in 1976 to acknowledge the skills and contributions of dental assistants. SCF greatly appreciates what our dental assistants do for our customer-owners and dental employees


Sharing Story: It’s Never too Late to Quit Smoking

Long-time smoker George Traffin shares his success story of quitting tobacco after 55 years of smoking.

February is Children’s Dental Health Month

February is Children’s Dental Health month!

Children’s Dental Health Month has been celebrated and promoted since 1981, bringing together thousands of oral health professionals such as hygienists, dentists, and pediatric dentists to promote the benefits of good oral health to children (and adults).

The Southcentral Foundation Dental Clinic is dedicated to promoting and providing oral care to over 60,000 Alaska Native and American Indian customer-owners in the Anchorage service unit.  Our clinic and employees participate in providing education at preschools, health fairs and gathering events sponsored by communities and Native corporations throughout the year.

Attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical in maintaining good oral health throughout life. By participating in the annual celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, members of the dental team, parents, teachers and others can help keep children’s smiles beautiful now and for years to come.

~ The American Dental Association


What are you doing to promote good oral health?

Oral care is a shared responsibility and extends beyond annual visits to the dentist. 

It is important for anyone caring for a child, including caregivers, medical providers, and teachers to promote a healthy lifestyle, which includes daily oral care, nutrition, and education.

Parents can be positive role models by caring for their own teeth and showing children that brushing and flossing are an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Aunts, uncles, and grandparents can help by giving children healthy snacks. When a child is at a sleepover, encourage brushing before bedtime to reduce the risk of cavities.

Medical providers, including doctors, nurses, and certified medical assistants can remind parents to schedule a child’s first visit before or when the teeth start to erupt into the mouth or schedule annual visits for older children.  Providers can ask about habits such as brushing and snacking to incorporate a risk assessment into their well-baby exams. Pediatricians can apply fluoride varnish at visits.

Daycare facilities can provide healthy snacks that are “teeth friendly” such as fresh fruits, vegetable and cheese, as well as encouraging brushing after meals while at school. Teachers can incorporate activities in their classroom to have children learn about teeth and their importance or ask a dental professional to present to their class.

Alaska Native children have some of the highest rates of decay in the United States.

 SCF Dental is committed to providing quality dental care and education to our children (and adults), but encourage everyone to do their part to promote oral health 365 days a year!  When children learn, from an early age, the importance of good oral health, we can be successful in reducing decay in the Alaska Native and American Indian people.

To find out when the SCF Dental team will be out in the lobby near you, check out our Facebook Page.

The Gathering Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

On Feb. 4, Southcentral Foundation will host The Gathering, a family-friendly community health fair that is free and open to the general public. The Gathering is a congregation of people and cultures that is attended by nearly 3,000 people each year. Individuals and families of all backgrounds and ages are welcome to come enjoy a variety of age-appropriate activities, learning opportunities, giveaways, and entertainment. This year’s celebration marks the 20th anniversary of the event and will take place from 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the Egan Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.

The Gathering was conceived by SCF leadership back in the late 90s. The vision was to honor the Alaska Native tradition of bringing people together with family and friends to visit, eat, dance, and share. However, this event does more than honor tradition, it opens its doors to the entire community to share health information and to celebrate the benefits of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness.

Throughout the years, The Gathering has seen a variety of participants and attendees. Alaska’s political leaders have attended and are enthusiastic supporters. Last year, Governor Walker attended, and in years past, Congressman Don Young, Senator Lisa Murkowski, the late Senator Ted Stevens, and others have also joined in the festivities.

Perhaps most notably, Golden Globe nominated actress Irene Bedard, who starred in Smoke Signals and as the voice of Disney’s Pocahontas, celebrated with SCF in 2012 by attending The Gathering. She met with attendees and autographed memorabilia for fans.

New additions that SCF is excited to present at the 20th Annual Gathering include the Family Wellness Zone, a SCF Health Education-run area where adults and children can participate in activities as a family; an incredible magic show with magician, Magic by Robbie; and story time, a place for families to experience the exciting power of narrative. Returning family favorites include complimentary carriage rides, face painting, and free tax preparation!

Please join us at The Gathering to learn more about Alaska Native culture and healthy living, and enjoy connecting with the community.

Dr. Matt Hirschfeld Receives Ray Helfer Award

In early December, Alaska Children’s Trust awarded Dr. Matt Hirschfeld with the prestigious Ray Helfer Award. Established by the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds and the American Academy of Pediatrics, this award is given to a pediatrician who demonstrates a significant contribution to the well-being and health of children.