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June is National Safety Month and as we enjoy the warmth and sun of the summer months, remember to be safe! The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Division of Public Health reports unintentional injuries are the third leading cause of death in Alaska.

Southcentral Foundation will be hosting the 9th Annual Nuka System of Care Conference at the Nuka Learning and Wellness Center from June 17 to 21. SCF looks forward to the annual conference, as it provides the opportunity to share the story of the Nuka System of Care, which was designed and built by Alaska Native people.

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.

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.

At Southcentral Foundation, learning circles are integrated into the Nuka System of Care to provide support and opportunities for people to connect and build relationships through wellness activities.

Thousands gathered at the Egan Civic & Convention Center for SCF’s 22nd Annual Gathering. The event featured Alaska Native artists, health and wellness booths, and community philanthropic programs.

Each spring, Southcentral Foundation highlights the work of the Family Wellness Warriors Initiative, a program established by President/CEO Katherine Gottlieb in 1999. One of FWWI’s aims is to end to child abuse and child sexual assault in this generation.

Congratulations to Dr. Mike Beiergrohslein, recipient of the Alaska Pharmacy Associations 2018 Distinguished Pharmacist Award.

Jan. 7 is Orthodox Christmas, and it is celebrated in many communities across Alaska. It is a practice connecting back to the fur trade era and Russia’s historical presence in Alaska.

On Jan. 1, the Alaska Cleft Lip and Palate Program became a designated cleft palate team by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association; the ANMC program is the only one in the state to receive this designation.