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t’s a special time of year — where thousands of Alaskans gather to meet up with friends, learn about issues affecting their families, and hear from those making a positive impact in the Alaska Native Community.

As you and your family enjoy summer activities, keep in mind that now is a good time to make sure your children are up-to-date with their immunizations, physicals, dental, vision, and hearing checks.

Outgoing, bubbly, and energetic is a good way to describe Melissa Bunch; known to her friends and peers as Mel, she also is a cancer survivor. The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation defines a survivor as anyone living with a history of cancer — from the moment of diagnosis, through the remainder of life.

We make many friends throughout our lifetime. While some stick with us through thick and thin, others are in our life just for a season. Whatever the reason, friends come and go over the years. Sometimes friends are found in unexpected places; do yourself a favor and remember some of your best pals: your feet! They carry you when you are tired, they have taken you on adventures, and if cared for properly — can take you on many more.

Establishment of SCF’s Nuka System of Care involved a wide variety of changes; however, there are two primary elements that emerged: customer-ownership and relationships. Customer-ownership represents a paradigm shift in the way SCF approaches health care.

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.

This February SCF will help spread awareness on the high price of heart disease while celebrating American Heart Month. Heart disease is currently the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. For people of American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian, and Pacific Islander descent, heart disease is second only to cancer.

Former Southcentral Foundation RAISE intern Tawnya Luppino worked for SCF in 1995. Back then, SCF didn’t have a formal internship program — in place was a pilot project to help students learn about career opportunities. Luppino learned to file documents and prepare for employee and board meetings.

E-cigarettes do not help with quitting tobacco. The CDC reported that people who use e-cigarettes to try and quit end up using both e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Join Anchorage Health Education and celebrate Cervical Cancer Awareness Month with Teal Seal Fridays, every Friday in January, held in the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center lobby