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Grantee Spotlights : MLK's Unique Outreach and SCF's Award


On October 19th, Martin Luther King Health Center (MLKHC) hosted its 4th Annual Mammograms & Manicures event. This all-day event is free and open to the general public breakfast, lunch and snacks, and is open to the general public

Over the 4 years of the event both media and sponsor interest have increased. Local media did interviews during the event, and this year a local TV station did their morning show cut-ins from our location. They encouraged women to come get their mammogram and partake of all the services and fun.

MLKHC developed relationships with sponsors to provide in-kind donations (food, rental van, and some spa services), and worked with financial sponsors to support costs for services that are not donated. For example:

• A minivan from Enterprise Car Rental is provided for the day to transport participants to offsite providers and provide transportation to the event for participants from area shelters.
• Manicures were provided by an area beauty school and by private local salons. These sponsors also provided other spa services, such as massage and makeup.
• A local Avon rep is always on hand providing samples of Avon products.
• The Partners in Wellness Mobile Mammography program provides onsite mammography services during the event.

For any overflow, they also have slots available for mammography at stationary partner provider locations.
MLKHC begins promotions about one month in advance via flyers, posters, and a press release, which encourage women to call MLK to register in advance. Those who pre-register, are entered into the screening schedule for the mobile van, improving the pace of screening during the event and allowing the van to accept walk-ins on the day of the event.

While many participants return each year for this event; there are a large number of first-time and rarely-screened participants due to the increased media promotions.

During the October 19th, 2017, Mammograms & Manicures event, MLKHC was able to facilitate 30 mammograms. Based on the success of this event, MLKHC has also implemented a spring event, called Ladies Night Out. This event which is held in mid-May, is an evening event that offers similar services, intended to accommodate women who need screening services after hours.


In April of 2017, after submitting a 50 page very detailed application, Southcentral Foundation (SCF) was one of 14 organizations that received a site visit from a team of Baldrige examiners.

On November 16, 2017, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce announced Southcentral Foundation was selected to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

SCF has become a global leader among health care organizations and recognized for its Nuka System of Care. The Malcolm Baldrige Award is the nation’s only presidential award for performance excellence and innovation. Named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th Secretary of Commerce, the Baldrige Award was established by Congress in 1987 to enhance the competitiveness and performance of U.S. businesses. SCF is the only health care organization to receive the award twice.

“This award is a testament to the dedicated workforce at SCF and our Tribal leadership who have transformed how health care is delivered in partnership with the Alaska Native and American Indian people,” said SCF President/CEO Dr. Katherine Gottlieb. “Our commitment to excellence and innovation will benefit generations to come. I couldn’t be more proud to accept this honor on behalf of SCF.”

“When companies implement the ground-tested Baldrige approach, they create organizations that employees and customers love, that continually improve, and that produce innovative and outstanding results,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.

An independent board of examiners recommended this year’s Baldrige Award recipients from a field of 24 applicants after evaluating them in seven areas defined by the Baldrige Excellence Framework: leadership, strategy, customers, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, workforce, operations, and results. An organization may compete for the award in one of six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, health care, education and nonprofit (including government agencies). This is the first time Southcentral Foundation has been eligible to receive the award since the organization first won in 2011.

Southcentral Foundation will accept the award at the Baldrige national Quest for Excellence Conference in April.

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 Mat-Su Borough, and 55 rural villages in the Anchorage Service Unit.

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