A session with leaders from Southcentral Foundation, Alaska to learn about the Nuka System of Care

Boost are hosting April Kyle and Doug Eby, the CEO and Medical Director of Southcentral Foundation, Alaska. They are making a rare visit to the UK and this will be a great opportunity for us to learn from them regarding their challenges and transformation journey.

About Southcentral Foundation and the Nuka system of care

Southcentral Foundation delivers state-funded health and social care to a minority population of Alaska Native and American Indian people with high levels of need, with funding and responsibility for services resting with local people. Their system of care, called “Nuka” (meaning “strong, giant structures and living things”) is a powerful role model for integrated health systems globally. It offers a system of expanded and integrated primary and community services, with fully integrated mental health and social care services, supported by hospital services. People work in effective multidisciplinary teams that offer co-ordinated, whole-person care. 

The Nuka system has been the subject of multiple reports by the Kings Fund as it is one of the few systems globally that can show outstanding, sustained results through health and care transformation. To quote:

Southcentral delivers health outcomes in the top 25 per cent for health care providers across the United States (based on a wide range of measures), despite serving a population with significant health disparities, and despite funding per capita that is well below the United States average. In the first years of transformation, per capita accident and emergency use reduced by more than 45 per cent, hospital admissions by 53 per cent, referrals to hospital specialists by more than 60 per cent, and visits to primary care doctors by 36 per cent.

Southcentral Foundation has maintained and continuously improved these high performance levels, since its initial transformation strategy 25 years ago.

Session Objectives 

We will be able to:

  1. Learn from the innovative practices of relationship-based care and consider them in the context of our own system.
  2. Participate in a knowledge exchange, sharing our progress on our Integrated Care Communities and Boost our learning and improvement approach.
  3. Gain insights into effective strategies for improving overall health at a population level, through preventive care, community engagement and holistic well-being.
  4. Reflect on some of the most impactful person-centred care globally, that places people who use services (called “customer-owners”) at the heart of decision making.
  5. Explore how to shift organisational/system culture, engage the workforce and align resources for radically redesigned care.
  6. Engage in dialogue with April and Doug about their leadership of a unique system that continues to inspire positive change in health and care systems worldwide.

Event Details

Event date 8 April 2024 10:00 am
Event end date 8 April 2024 12:00 pm
Registration Start Date 18 March 2024
Available places 35
Cut off date 7 April 2024 5:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Workshop Room, The Catalyst, 3 Science Square, Newcastle Helix, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5TG
Workshop Room, The Catalyst, 3 Science Square, Newcastle Helix, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5TG
Workshop Room, The Catalyst, 3 Science Square, Newcastle Helix, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5TG
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