Entries by Matt Doogan

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Addressing the Impact of Social Determinants of Health

There are many factors that determine a person’s health, and not all of these are physical. Studies have indicated that as many as 60-70% of health outcomes are determined by social, environmental, and/or behavioral risk factors. At Southcentral Foundation, the overall wellness of customer-owners is our highest priority, so we want to pay attention to all the factors – social, environmental, and behavioral – that may impact a customer-owner’s health.

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Southcentral Foundation’s Path to Self-Governance

Research has shown that when the people receiving health services are involved in the decision-making process, or better yet, if they own their own health care, programs and services have a potential for enhancement and the people’s health statistics will improve. At Southcentral Foundation, Alaska Native people have been running their own health care system for over two decades.

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Soldier’s Heart: Veteran-Designed Support for First Responders

Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) is a serious problem faced by many combat veterans and first responders. To help deal with this problem, Southcentral Foundation has implemented the Soldier’s Heart program. Soldier’s Heart is a training and education program developed by veterans for first responders, combat veterans, and law enforcement to help them understand and address the effects of PTS and provide information, tools, and methods to help cope with symptoms.