Southcentral Foundation

City: Anchorage State: AK

Southcentral Foundation is an Alaska Native health care organization established under the tribal authority of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. in 1982 to improve the health and social conditions of Alaska Native people, enhance culture, and empower individuals and families to take charge of their lives. The seven-member Alaska Native board of directors is the chief policy-making body and exercises overall control and management of the organization. Katherine Gottlieb has served as Southcentral Foundation’s president and chief executive officer since the board elected her in 1991. Under her leadership, Southcentral Foundation has grown from fewer than 100 employees to 1,600, and from an annual operating budget of $3 million to $210 million. Gottlieb reports directly to Southcentral Foundation’s board of directors and supervises seven divisions, each headed up by a vice president who administers the operations and staff for medical and behavioral health services through 65 programs.

A wide range of medical and human services are provided to some 45,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people living in the Municipality of Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Borough and nearby villages. Southcentral Foundation also provides health care services to an additional 13,000 residents of 55 rural villages in the Anchorage Service Unit (ASU), a geographical area stretching 107,400 square miles across Southcentral Alaska, extending from the Canadian border on the east to the Aleutian Chain and Pribilof Islands on the west. In 1998, Southcentral Foundation established the Village Services Management Team, which serves as liaison between the organization and Native representatives of the ASU regions. Team members advise Southcentral Foundation’s board of directors on the health care needs of their villages and help village residents understand what services are available to them.

Services provided by Southcentral Foundation include primary medical care, dentistry, optometry, complementary medicine, physical therapy, fetal alcohol syndrome prevention, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence prevention, diabetes prevention, suicide prevention, residential for pregnant women, residential for adolescents, psychiatry, mental health counseling, traditional healing, home health, health education, youth mentorship and Elder programs.

In 1998, Southcentral Foundation assumed ownership and management of programs located in the new Anchorage Native Primary Care Center. In January 1999, Southcentral Foundation’s responsibilities expanded as it became co-owner and co-manager of all Indian Health Service programs at the Alaska Native Health Campus, along with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (comprised of 15 Native organizations of Alaska). With this transition, Alaska became the first state in the nation to have all of its health facilities for Native American people managed by Native organizations. This responsibility includes the Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage Native Primary Care Center, administration buildings and other health-care- related facilities. The 150-bed hospital of the Alaska Native Medical Center provides health care for an estimated 130,000 Native people from throughout Alaska.

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