Congratulations to Southcentral Foundation (SCF) Board Member Dr. Terry Simpson and SCF President and CEO Dr. Katherine Gottlieb for being awarded the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) Area/Regional Impact Awards at the 30th Annual Consumer Conference Aug. 28 in Denver, Colo. Both Simpson and Gottlieb are CIRI shareholders and Simpson formerly served on the CIRI Board.
The awards are presented to individuals or organizations whose work has contributed to improving American Indian and Alaska Native health care or affected change on an area or regional basis.
According to SCF, Simpson’s impact has been in the areas of health education and health systems governance. As a physician, he champions the importance of a healthy diet and the health benefits of traditional Alaska Native subsistence foods such as wild game, fish, berries and root vegetables. Simpson, who has been part of SCF’s visionary growth, also helps SCF share its story so that other organizations interested in improving their health systems can learn from what he considers “the greatest health care system in the world.” Simpson also maintains a blog that focuses on healthy lifestyles and has authored several books to help others on their journey to wellness. Learn more about Simpson online at www.yourdoctorsorders.com.
Gottlieb has served as SCF’s President and CEO for more than 20 years, playing a key role in transforming SCF’s health care system into SCF’s unique and innovative Nuka System of Care model, a customer-owned and driven system of health care. By listening to the voices of Alaska Native people – and providing new avenues for them to be heard – Gottlieb has helped develop an unparalleled range of services that serve as a model for innovations in health care nationwide. As a result, health care professionals and leaders from around the world have visited the Alaska Native Health Campus to learn more about SCF’s best practices and improvement strategies.
The mission of CIRI is to promote the economic and social well-being and Alaska Native heritage of our Shareholders, now and into the future, through prudent stewardship of the company’s resources, while furthering self-sufficiency among CIRI Shareholders and their families.
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Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) is one of 12 regional corporations established in Alaska by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. CIRI is owned by over 9,100 Shareholders, primarily of Athabascan, Southeast Indian, Inupiat, Yup’ik, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq and Aleut/Unangax descent.