Shareholder receives AFN award

CIRI shareholder Loretta Throop earned an Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) President’s Award for her longtime commitment to bettering the physical and mental health of Alaska Native people. Throop, who is the recipient of the 2011 AFN Health Award, is a Southcentral Foundation board member.

Throop grew up in Ninilchik, Alaska. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Oregon and returned to Alaska in 1969. Throop later earned a master’s degree in teaching and has worked as a Public Health Service nurse, school nurse, community health aide instructor and youth and family counselor. She is a former member of the Alaska Native Health Board and has served as director of the American Indian Nurses Association.

The AFN Health Award recognizes an Alaska Native person who has demonstrated strong commitment, competence and sensitivity in the health fields and whose accomplishments have improved health care for Alaska Native people. Learn more about AFN by visiting