CIRI Shareholders receive National Indian Health Board Awards

CIRI shareholder Terry Simpson at NIHB award ceremony.
CIRI shareholder Terry Simpson at NIHB award ceremony.

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
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.
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