SCF President and CEO Reappointed as Harvard Visiting Scientist

SCF President and CEO Katherine Gottlieb. Photo courtesy of SCF.

Recognizing her ongoing contributions to the Global Health and Social Medicine (GHSM) department at Harvard Medical School, Southcentral Foundation (SCF) President/CEO Katherine Gottlieb has been reappointed as a visiting scientist. She was first appointed to the faculty of the Harvard Center for Primary Care in 2015.

“This appointment is made to recognize [Gottlieb’s] continuing contributions to the GHSM educational and research mission, and to anticipate with gratitude [her] ongoing service, engagement and collaboration in our research and teaching programs,” said Dr. Paul E. Farmer, department chair of GHSM, Harvard Medical School.

The GHSM department applies social science and humanities research to improve the practice of medicine, the delivery of treatment, and the development of health care policies locally and worldwide. Major efforts include developing the science of global health delivery implementation; advancing equity in health care delivery; and educating students and researchers on biosocial determinants of disease, health care delivery and responsible practice of medicine.

Under Gottlieb’s direction and guidance, SCF, a CIRI-affiliated nonprofit and two-time winner of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, has become a global leader among health care organizations, recognized for its Nuka System of Care. Gottlieb serves as a member of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Board of Directors and the Alaska Native Medical Center Joint Operating Board, on the leadership team of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 100 Million Healthier Lives Initiative, as chair of the Recover Alaska Steering Committee and on the advisory council for the Storyknife Writers Retreat. She is an original CIRI shareholder, a tribal member of the village of Old Harbor, a tribal member and elected tribal council member of Seldovia Village Tribe and an honorary member of the Native Village of Eklutna.

About Southcentral Foundation

Southcentral Foundation is an Alaska Native-owned, nonprofit health care organization. Managing more than 80 health care programs and services, SCF serves 65,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people in Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and 55 rural villages in the Anchorage Service Unit.