Stay Warm this Winter!

The snow is starting to fall as we transition a little early from fall to winter. The good news is, if you need help chasing the cold away, there may be financial assistance available. The State of Alaska will begin accepting applications for their Heating Assistance Program beginning October 1st, 2015. A single person making $2,758, or a couple making $3,735, that spent over $200 for heating last year may be eligible for help with their heating bills. If you need an application they are located in the lobby of our clinics or meet with one of our Patient Advocates if you would like help filling it out.  The application is also available online at

SCHC needs YOU!

Sunshine Community Health Center is asking for your feedback about your experience at our clinics. In the next few months you may receive a phone call or letter from ‘DataStat’ to ask about your experience.  They also helped us gather feedback last year. We hope that you will take this opportunity to give us feedback.  Your responses are confidential. If you have questions, please call the clinic to ask about the DataStat Survey at 733-2273. Thank you ahead of time!

Donation drop-off at SCHC

SCHC is continuing to take donations at both clinics for ‘those in need’ from the wildfire. Donations can be dropped off at either the Willow or Talkeetna clinic. Sunshine Transit will transport the goods to the main community drop-off center. For those of you that may need assistance with paperwork concerning the fire damage, our patient advocates are available.

There are no words to express our gratitude for the hard work that the visiting firefighters, our Alaska Fire Fighters, Troopers, DOF, DOT, and the many volunteers have done during this time. We thank you for your care and concern for the Willow Community.

Hospice Volunteers Needed and Training Opportunity

Volunteers are needed for Hospice in Talkeetna, Willow, and Trapper Creek.  Mat-Su Regional Hospice needs volunteers to visit patients, support families, relieve caregivers, and provide a presence.   Hospice volunteers provide much needed comfort and companionship to patients who are terminally ill or dying and provide respite care for their primary caregivers by spending 1-4 hours a week visiting a patient.

Please contact us to learn more about this free training.  Requirements include being min 18 years of age, attend all trainings, pass the drug/TB/immunization/fingerprint screening, at no cost to applicant.

Training is scheduled for Saturday, October 17th and 24th at the Sunshine Clinic in Talkeetna, and Monday October 26th in Wasilla, 9am-5pm.  As soon as possible, please contact Ginny Stocker, 352-4848, or by e-mail and leave her a message that you would like to be on the list for the training.  There must be a minimum of four committed people to provide this training.  You may also contact Anna Jolley, RN, at Sunshine Clinic, 733-9208, for more information or clarification. 

If you are not able to attend this training, but are interested in attending a future training, please contact us so we can get you on the list.

Suicide Prevention Awareness

Early in the 1960’s, an Anglican priest by the name of Bernard Mayes thought to set up an anonymous hotline for people who had considered “ending it all”, but who were also looking help. He saw the need and made the effort to fill that need.  In the same spirit with which Mr. Mayes sought to extend a “listening ear,” we here at the Sunshine Community Health Center want to assure our families, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and veterans  who may feel alone in their current situation and might have a need for  a “listening ear”, that there are those who are ready and waiting to extend that same nonjudgmental and unconditional listening ear that Mr. Mayes provided those many years ago.

Please call the Alaska Care line 1-877-266-HELP (4357) if you want to talk to a person about your thoughts of suicide; they are waiting to hear from you today.

If you are experiencing severe depression and would like some help, you can make an appointment to see either a medical provider or the behavioral health provider here at the Clinic.  If you are concerned about someone you know do not hesitate to ask whether they are considering suicide.  You will not “give them ideas”; they already have the ideas and will likely appreciate being given permission to talk about their thoughts.  You can then suggest making an appointment to speak to someone about these thoughts.  If you believe a person is in imminent danger of doing something to hurt him or herself do not hesitate to call the Troopers. 

Need a ride to Wasilla?

Sunshine Transit is now going to Wasilla, round-trip, Monday thru Friday! Sunshine Transit will pick-up folks at Trapper Creek, Talkeetna, Caswell, Willow, Big Lake and Houston locations. As there is limited space, you must call Sunshine Transit (733-9279) one day (24 hours) prior to the day you need to be in Wasilla. Calling the day you need a ride, will not insure you a seat on the bus.

Departure from the Talkeetna Clinic is 9:00 a.m.; departure from Wasilla is 3:00 p.m. We stop at Walmart, Fred Meyer and Target. Costs are: $8 – One Way; $15 Round-Trip; $10 for Seniors. Deviations must be approved by the office before departure.  If you would like a schedule sent to you, call Sunshine Transit and they can send you a list.

If you would like more information, such as a pick-up time in certain locations, please call Sunshine Transit at 733-9279. Come ride with us!

SCHC October Board of Directors Meeting

Sunshine Community Health Center's next Board of Directors meeting is Tuesday, October 27th in Willow beginning at 6:30 p.m. This month is the annual meeting.

Good News from BCHC!

Good News, Ladies! Breast and Cervical Health Check (BCHC) would like to inform you that those of you over 64, that are income qualified and don’t have Medicare B, BCHC will cover a pap and mammogram. Women with insurance are eligible to be enrolled in BCHC, provided they meet age and income guidelines. 

The Breast and Cervical Health Check (BCHC) is a program that began in 1995 and has paid for 107,000 health screenings for over 48,000 eligible women statewide.  BCHC pays for approved clinical breast exams, pelvic exams, Pap tests and screenings. It also pays for diagnostic mammograms that are age appropriate and/or based on certain medical histories. If any exam results are abnormal, BCHC can also pay for approved diagnostic tests to rule out problems, including cancer. Even if someone is not having any symptoms, the earlier any cancer is found, the better the chances are of finding treatments that are effective.

To be enrolled in the BCHC program, participants fill out a simple screening form (which lists their basic information including income) and turn it into Sunshine Community Health Center, or other health clinics. Also, women that have insurance but are income eligible may qualify to enroll, except for patients that have Medicare B. Patients can call 1-800-410-6266 to be screened and enrolled, as well as being able to find out the closest participating health clinic locations.

Mobile Mammogram Unit coming in October

Putting the word out early! The Mobile Mammogram Unit will be at SCHC on Monday, October 5th. If you are a woman aged 40 or older and due for your annual screening mammogram, give Providence Imaging Center a call at 212-3151 or call toll free at 888-458-3151 to schedule this important 15-minute test. YOU MUST CALL TO PRE-REGISTER PRIOR TO OCTOBER 2nd, 2015. The cost will be billed to your insurance and a report sent to your healthcare provider. For those without insurance or underinsured, programs are available to assist. Call BCHC at (800) 410-6266 for more information.

For more information about mobile mammography, please browse PIC’s Web site at  Does your due date for your mammogram not coincide with this mobile date? Please call us at 888-458-3151 to see if we can accommodate your request. Please verify early mammogram eligibility with your insurance carrier before scheduling an appointment.

So if you missed it in August, your next scheduled date is October 5th.

From the Dispensary...

Just a reminder that when you call in for a refill that it will take three (3) working days to process your refill request. This does not include Saturday, Sundays or holidays. For example, if you call in your refill on Thursday it will be available after 4 pm the following Tuesday; call in on Friday, it will be available after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, etc. All refills are handled at the Talkeetna clinic. Please specify which clinic you want to pick up your refills or which pharmacy you would like us to send them to. Also when leaving a message on the refill line, please spell your last name and give us your date of birth. Many names sound similar and we want to be sure we are refilling the medication for the correct person.

Are you 'mindless snacking'?

Do you have periods of 'mindless snacking' or eating without paying attention to how much you are eating? This is common especially while bored, watching TV or at a party. It is important that patients are aware of when this occurs, especially those with diabetes. Here are some tips to prevent mindless snacking:

  • take out a small portion from the larger bag (check portion size)
  • turn the tv off while snacking and eat only when you are hungry
  • half a cup of mandarin oranges/berries with half a cup of low-fat yogurt
  • quarter cup of canned or fresh salmon with sliced cucumbers and six whole wheat crackers




Mission Statement

Sunshine Community Health Center is committed to accessible, proactive, quality health care, promoting community wellness through outreach and education.

Hours of operation

Monday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm

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