Meet Katherine Gottlieb, Former President and CEO of the Southcentral Foundation of Alaska. Katherine is also a healthcare professional and a faculty of Harvard Medical School and she is here to talk to us about the healthcare system of Native American Indians in Alaska. Southcentral Foundation is a healthcare organization in Alaska that serves the native American Indian population of Alaska. Katherine shares her contribution in building the organization from when it was really small to what it is today. She tells us how SCF was assumed by natives from the federal government and is now run by over 50% employees that are Native Americans. She shares why Alaska has a separate hospital for the native people. She shares a captivating story from her past where she talks about what inspired her to become a healthcare professional. Whenever there is a change, there is always discomfort. The same happened with the tribal people of Alaska when SCF emerged. Katherine tells us that the biggest challenge while growing Southcentral Foundation was changing the mindsets and attitudes of people regarding hospitals and healthcare in general. They have now replaced trust in the place of fear in the minds of native people. Katherine then explains in detail about the Nuka System of Care owned by the Alaskan Native people that helps them achieve physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Tune in to get inspired!
Katherine Gottlieb, Former President / CEO, Southcentral Foundation, Alaska, USA
Katherine Gottlieb served Southcentral Foundation as Pres/CEO for more than 30 years, departing in 2020. She is faculty of the Harvard Medical School since 2015, she has won several awards such as the 2015 Harry S, Hertz Leadership Award presented by the Foundation for Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, she is a 2004 MacArthur Genius fellow, she has two honorary doctorates one from Alaska Pacific University and one from the University of Alaska.