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Katherine Gottlieb Strategies, LLC

Who We Are

Katherine Gottlieb Strategies is a Alaskan-based Strategy firm that has over 30 years experience in health care systems world wide.The firm offers effective organizational transformation, strategic planning, mentorship, teamwork, and partnerships.




Katherine Gottlieb joined Southcentral Foundation in 1987 and has served at the helm of the organization for 30 plus years, since 1991 as President/Chief Executive Officer, recently departed the organization. She is a strategist, consulting and mentoring through her company.  Currently she is a Senior Fellow for M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, faculty of the Harvard Medical School since 2015 as a Visiting Scientist in Global Health and Social Medicine, she served four years on the National Library of Medicine Board of Regents. She is a recipient of the 2015 Harry S. Hertz Leadership Award presented by the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. In 2016, she was presented the Indian Health Service National Director Award. In 2005, she received an honorary doctoral degree, Doctor of Public Service from Alaska Pacific University in recognition of her extraordinary public service. In 2016, she received an honorary doctoral degree, Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Alaska Anchorage in recognition of her leadership in transforming health care services for Alaska Native people. Under her leadership, SCF has become a leader among the nation’s health care organizations, and a two-time winner of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2017 and 2011. She is active at the national level in Alaska Native and American Indian policy issues.  She is a 2004 MacArthur Genius.  


His Hand Upon Me

Psalms of the Heart and Soul

Available on Amazon


Transforming Biomedical Informatics and Health information Access: Don Lindberg and the U.S. National Library of Medicine

- Outreach, Section 3 

Case Study:

  • Harvard Case Study: Navigating Change at Alaska's Southcentral Foundation.  By Erin S. Sullivan, Jessica L. Alpert

Journal Articles: 

Gottlieb, K. (2013). The Nuka System of Care: improving health through ownership and relationships. International Journal Circumpolar Health. 72: 21118.

Gottlieb, K. & Outten, B. (2011). Family Wellness Warriors.  Family Community Health. 34(3), 235-241.  

Gottlieb, K., Sylvester, I. & Eby, K. (Jan. 2008). Transforming your practice: What matters most. Family Practice Management. 33-38. 

Presentation Highlights: 

  • TE NIWHA, Infectious Diseases Research Platform, November 2022

  • Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care and Cambridge Health Alliance.  Hosted three-day series of consultations and symposiums, May 2013

  • 14th Annual International Summit on Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice and the Community. Keynote Speaker and Co-Chair, April 2013

  • International Congress on Circumpolar Health. Keynote Speaker, June 2012

  • Quest Conference in Washington, DC. Keynote Speaker and session on leadership, April 2012

  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement Annual Conference. Keynote Speaker, December 2009

  • Alaska Native Justice Center’s Alaska Gathering of Tribal Justice Leaders. April 2005

  • International Association of Administrative Professionals Conference. Keynote Speaker, May, 2005

  • Tribal Leaders Summit, Protecting our Children, Chickaloon, AK. November 2004

  • Stand Together Against Rape STAR 25th Anniversary and Volunteer Recognition. Keynote Speaker, September 2003

  • TaPasefinka Health Trust, New Zealand. Hosted tour and presentations. June 2003

Media Highlights: 

    ï    Highlighted by Center for Health Professions Research, University of California, San Francisco for providing career growth for frontline staff.

Highlighted in Seattle Post Globe article, Nuka Model of healthcare for all? This is what US healthcare should look like.  Mark Trahant. (Feb 2, 2010)

Highlighted by Harvard Business Publishing Education “Navigating Change at Alaska’s Southcentral Foundation” Erin E Sullivan, Jessica L. Alpert (Sept 1, 2016) 

Katherine Gottlieb Strategies



By: Katherine Gottlieb

Katherine Gottlieb, the daughter of an Alaska Native mother and a Filipino father, grew up in a war zone of alcoholism, domestic violence, abuse and neglect. She became a mother and was married at sixteen, which began her own journey of breaking the silence for herself and countless others. 
With a resilience born of a strong faith, Katherine refused to be defined by her past or her own failures. Hired as a receptionist, she quickly advanced to become the President and CEO of Southcentral Foundation, a renowned Alaska Native Healthcare Organization which received two Malcolm Baldrige Quality Awards. In 2004, Katherine was granted the prestigious MacArthur Fellows Genius award. 
Katherine's vividly remembered story portrays her heart behind the Beauty for Ashes conferences, which she founded with others who share her passion for those who have been harmed. It is a story of continuing struggle, resilient faith, determination, and hope. 

For a physical copy of the book in 

Anchorage visit Vine and Branches Christian Bookshoppe (907)345-8778  or connect with the author's contacts on the website, or follow the Amazon Prime link to order yours today.

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