Do you need help with Rent or Utilities?

We may be able to help you.  If you qualify we can help with utility shut-offs, eviction prevention and first month’s rent.  Goals include Homeless Prevention Services:  Actions taken to prevent persons who are in imminent danger of becoming homeless from losing their permanent residence. This may include payment of past due rent or mortgage; payment of delinquent heating fuel or electric/gas utility bills. In most situations deposits are not funded. Housing Permanent Placement Services: Actions taken to assist homeless persons to obtain permanent housing by helping with first month's rent.  Please contact Valley Charities, Inc., 354-4660.

Health Quest Therapy opening at SCHC in Talkeetna

Health Quest Therapy, Inc., Alaska’s first choice for comprehensive Physical, Occupational and Pediatric Therapy, is excited to announce the opening of our Talkeetna clinic at SCHC on September 16th. Health Quest Therapy, Inc. will offer complete physical therapy treatment for injury rehabilitation as well as pre- and post- surgical recovery and conditioning. 

Health Quest Therapist, and longtime Alaskan resident, Patrick Minder PHD, PT will staff the Talkeetna clinic.  With over 16 years of experience treating both orthopedic and neurological conditions, Patrick uses the latest manual therapy techniques and exercise prescription in the care of his patients. In addition, Patrick is a Star Certified Oncology Rehabilitation Clinician as well as a Certified Mulligan Practitioner.  Other therapists will join our Talkeetna treatment team to meet demand.

“The opening of the Talkeetna clinic will be critical to the health and wellbeing of the people of Talkeetna and the surrounding community,” Nisa ZumBrunnen, President and Owner of Health Quest Therapy said, “we are honored to be able to provide Physical Therapy care that is second to none.”

Health Quest Therapy uses state of the art treatment techniques and equipment while serving patients of all ages.  Health Quest accepts most insurance plans including: Medicare, Medicaid, Tri-care, and regularly sees self-pay patients as well.

Health Quest offers a FREE 15-minute assessment for patients who may be unsure if their pain or injury qualifies for physical therapy treatment.  It’s easy, just contact Health Quest Therapy at (907) 376-6363 or go online at and submit your name, email and brief description of your condition and a Health Quest representative will contact you. Contact: John Knutson, , 650 North Shoreline Drive, Wasilla, AK 99654; telephone 907-376-6363.

National Medicine Take-Back Day

Sunshine Community Health Center will hold the Fall Medicine Take-Back event on September 27, 2014 from 10AM to 2PM at the Talkeetna Clinic site.  This is your opportunity to dispose of your unused and/or expired medication safely.  Both prescribed, including controlled substances, and over-the-counter medications will be accepted, however no needles or other medical equipment can be received.  There is no need to remove any packaging.  Proper disposal of your medication on a regular basis improves the safety of all your family members, helps the environment, and removes the temptation of improper use of the medications.  These take-back events occur regularly in the Spring and Fall.  Now is the time to get in the habit of proper disposal of your medication.  No other methods are recommended; the Clinic cannot accept returns of unused medications once they have left the building.

Free Hearing Testing in Wasilla

Beginning in September, the first Saturday of each month, there will be free hearing testing from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. by Wasilla Physical Therapy, at the building behind Geneva Woods Pharmacy off Seward Meridian in Wasilla. No appointment needed; for more information call907-376-7334 or e-mail 

Hospice Volunteer Training

If you are interested in ‘Hospice Volunteer Training’, please contact Anna Jolley RN, Care Coordinator, 733-9208. Please leave a message with your interest in ‘Hospice Volunteer Training’, name, number, community name.   Hospice Volunteers provide 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 with a patient.  If we can get 5-6 people interested, we will have a fall training class in the in either Talkeetna or Willow, hosted by Mat Su Home Health and Hospice.

Mobile Mammogram Unit coming in October

The Mobile Mammogram Unit will be at SCHC on Monday, October 6th, 2014.  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 5, 2014. 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 to see if we can accommodate your request. Please verify early mammogram eligibility with your insurance carrier before scheduling an appointment.

Upcoming class

The Dementias: Knowing the Difference Can Make the Difference

It is widely understood that Alzheimer’s disease is one type of progressive dementia, but what are the “related dementias?”  What makes them different, and in what ways are thy alike?  Join us for the detailed discussion of the six most commonly identified dementias.

This class will cover the basic understanding of types of dementia.  Melinda Gurney of Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska will come up to the Talkeetna Sunshine Clinic on September 30th from 1-2:30 p.m. to lead this no-cost class.  Please call to get your name on the attending list, space is limited.  Contact Anna Jolley RN, 733-9208, and leave a message with your name and contact number.  Melinda is also available for individual and family consults on dementia related issues 746-3416.

New SCHC Fee Schedule and Cash Discount

Effective July 1st, SCHC fee schedule will be adjusted and the nominal payment for Slide A visits will be:

New Nominal Fees

Office Visit    $25

Labs             $15

X-ray            $20

Meds            $5

New cash discount of $10 will be offered for payment of office visit at time of service. Please contact clinic for further details.

Summer Swim Safety

Swimming is a great way for the whole family to have fun and get active this summer. Follow the tips listed below to stay safe in and around the water and make sure to share this information your friends and family.

  • Make sure an adult is watching any time children are near or in the water.

  • For swim safety, use life jackets, not floating toys.

  • Watch out for rip currents that might pull you away from shore.

  • Swim near a lifeguard. Never swim alone.

  • Get out of the water if you hear thunder or see lightning.

Follow these tips and learn more at

September SCHC Board of Directors meeting

The September SCHC Board of Directors meeting will be at the Willow Clinic on Tuesday, September 30th beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line offers enhanced tools for smokers

New mobile and online apps offer extra help to those who want to quit 

Two-thirds of Alaska adults who currently smoke say they want to quit. The state Department of Health and Social Services is now offering additional support to help them. Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line has enhanced the free tools it offers to provide even greater support to help tobacco users successfully quit for good.

SCHC begin summer hours in Talkeetna only

Summer hours for SCHC in Talkeetna only, begin Saturday, May 17th. The hours are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Please note, this is only for the medical clinic.

Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blotches or spots on your skin. The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented, and it can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early.

SCHC is proud to participate in Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. During the month of May. Join us in taking action to prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of UV damage/

•   Free concerts all summer starting Memorial Day weekend, Live at Five, Friday evenings from 5-7 pm.

•   Long in Talkeetna Village Park.   

•   Summers in Alaska are beautiful. Remember to protect yourself.

Take simple steps today to protect your skin:

•   Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

•   Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.

•   Cover up with long sleeves and a hat.

•   Check your skin once a month for changes.

Springtime major depression

Springtime - A somewhat surprising fact that the highest rate of suicide occurs at this time of year as opposed to the middle of winter. For people who have major depression there is an expectation that they may experience an increase in the level of depression in the winter, as is common with many people, whether or not they have a diagnosis of depression. Most people begin to perk up as the daylight increases and spring arrives, but for some with major depression this is very difficult because their level of depression does not change. It can lead to feelings of hopelessness and despair and an increase in suicidal ideation. There are a number of additional factors that contribute to this and below are some links to a few articles to learn more on this topic.

Alcohol Awareness

If you are concerned about someone else's drinking, offer to help. In Talkeetna, Alcoholics Anonymous Group (AA) meetings are Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the Talkeetna Library and Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Montana Creek Baptist Church. For information concerning Talkeetna meetings, call 907-733-6660. In Willow, Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and the third Friday of each month from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Willow Methodist Church. For information concerning Willow meetings, call 841-2141 or call SCHC at 733-2273. We're here to help you and your loved ones.

Our After-Hours Policy Statement

The following statement represents current Sunshine Community Health Center practices:

There has been some confusion recently about the after-hours services provided by Sunshine Clinic which we would like to clarify. Due to limited staff resources and concerns about liability, at this time Sunshine is providing after-hours contact with providers for triage and treatment recommendations limited to telephone contact only. Options are being explored which may allow this practice to change at some future point.

Adult Protective Services

Report any concern about an adult who is vulnerable to abuse or exploitation. Call 907-269-3666 (main number) or 800-478-9996 (in state). 

Mat-Su Health Foundation

Is Mat-Su Healthy? How can we make it the healthiest place in the country? Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) worked in association with other organizations to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment to identify the major health needs of Mat-Su residents and work with the community to prioritize and address those needs. Learn more »

Sunshine Transit

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Mission Statement

Sunshine Community Health Center offers accessible, proactive, quality health care regardless of an ability to pay.

Hours of operation


Talkeetna Medical Clinic
Monday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm


Talkeetna Dental Clinic
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

Willow Medical Clinic
Monday: 11am - 7pm
Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 5pm