Southcentral Foundation is an Alaska Native health care organization established by Cook Inlet Region, Inc. in 1982 to improve the health and social conditions of Alaska Natives, enhance culture, and empower individuals and families to take charge of their lives.
A wide range of medical services and human services are provided to some 35,000 Alaska Natives and American Indians living in the Municipality of Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and surrounding villages of southcentral Alaska. Southcentral Foundation also provides health care services to an additional 10,000 residents of 60 rural villages in the Anchorage Service Unit, a geographical area stretching 107,413 square miles across southcentral Alaska, extending from the Canadian border on the east to the entire Aleutian Chain and Pribilof Islands on the west. Services include primary medical care, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, fetal alcohol syndrome prevention and intervention, substance abuse residential treatment for pregnant women and their dependent children, transitional living, prenatal support, domestic violence prevention, psychiatry, mental health counseling, traditional healing, complementary medicine, home health, community health education, Early Head Start, Head Start, 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 on the Alaska Native Medical 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 Americans 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 119,000 Natives from throughout Alaska.