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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.

Ask your friends and family if they are okay. Connection is the solution. Relating to those who are suicidal and helping them through the challenges they are facing is crucial to supporting loved ones through crisis. If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, speak out and connect with those around you; don’t carry the weight alone. Mental health is part of overall wellness.

Southcentral Foundation’s Native Men’s Wellness Program is dedicated to improving the health of Alaska Native and American Indian men through events and training that address the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of their lives.

Part of Southcentral Foundation’s role as a two-time Baldrige Award winning organization is to share its best practices with other companies. SCF’s award winning Administrative Support Training Program was designed over 15 years ago to provide administrative support employees skills that go beyond standard practices and cultivate mental models that help them become successful future leaders.

Southcentral Foundation’s Board of Directors Chairman James Segura received the National Indian Health Board Public Health Innovation Award this spring. The award honors individuals, Tribes, organizations, and programs that have enriched and improved Alaska Native and American Indian public health.

News reports are full of stories about rising costs of prescription drugs these days. Last month Southcentral Foundation reported that prices overall increased by about 10-11% annually. Medications that were once affordable are procured by drug companies and have skyrocketed in cost. In some cases, producers are bought by investors who then drive up cost dramatically, taking advantage of the critical need for that medication and the fact that no one else produces it.

In March, a special ceremony was held in Eklutna celebrating the opening of Eklutna Village Clinic. The event included Tribal leaders from the Native Village of Eklutna, representatives from the offices of Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Congressman Don Young, and Southcentral Foundation leadership.

At Southcentral Foundation we take great joy in celebrating the successes of community partners who help fulfill our vision of a Native Community that enjoys physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness.

Southcentral Foundation congratulates Dr. Matt Hirschfeld on receiving The Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation’s Distinguished Provider Award!

Did you know about 1.5 million high school students nationwide are victims of relationship abuse? According to loveisrespect.org, one in 10 high school students have been abused by their dating partner within the last year.