Southcentral Foundation Wins Award
Native health care organization strives to lead by example of wellness and prevention
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA (September 23, 2010) – Southcentral Foundation (SCF) received a Silver designation as a Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) from the League of American Bicyclists in an impressive group of 63 new BFBs.
"The League is especially excited to recognize Southcentral Foundation as a 2010 Fall BFB winner at the Interbike Trade Show. Southcentral Foundation is making simple changes to their transportation policies to encourage biking to workThey are setting a community-wide example,” said Andy Clarke, League President.
Among other “bicycle friendly” initiatives SCF has undertaken is a new locking cage in the ANMC Anchorage Native Primary Care Center parking garage. Employees may access the cage with their employee badges to store their bikes during the work day.
SCF has integrated biking to work into the annual plan for employee wellness. SCF partners with the City of Anchorage and other organizations to increase biking in Anchorage. Bikers who pass by campus on Bike to Work Day are treated to breakfast, a bike blessing, complementary massages, a live band, pizza party and games for the family round out the evening events.
The growth and evolution of SCF Bike to Work Day demonstrates the organization's continuing commitment to biking as part of its overall vision of family and community wellness. The number of Southcentral Foundation participants in Bike to Work Day has increased by 75 percent each year since 2008. Encouraging biking on campus and in our community aligns with this key point and supports SCF's mission. In a recent survey, over 15 percent of SCF employees reported using their bikes as an alternative form of transportation in the summer months.
Established in 1982, SCF’s mission is to work together with the Native Community to achieve wellness through health and related services. The nonprofit health care affiliate of Cook Inlet Region, Inc., SCF has grown in its 27 years, from a single dental clinic to an internationally recognized, award-winning health care organization that employs more than 1,400 people and administers a budget of more than $200 million annually to manage more than 60 health care programs and services.