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Health Care Organization Featured in “Native Voices” Exhibition Wins Top Award


A health care organization featured in the Library's new exhibition, "Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness," has received a top Presidential honor.

The Southcentral Foundation (SCF)  in Anchorage, Alaska is one of four organizations to win the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which recognizes performance excellence through innovation, improvement, and visionary leadership. The award is made by the U.S. Commerce Department and named after Malcolm Baldrige, who was Commerce Secretary during the 1980s.

The Southcentral Foundation is an Alaska Native-owned non-profit health organization. It serves nearly 60,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people who live in the Anchorage area and in dozens of remote villages that can only be reached by plane. SCF provides a variety of programs for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness.

SCF president and chief executive officer Katherine Gottlieb is a member of the Library's Board of Regents. She and Dr. Ted Mala, Director of Tribal Relations for SCF, are among the scores of people interviewed as part of the "Native Voices" exhibition.