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Diabetes

Our Health
Health information specific to American Indian and Alaska Native people

Consumer Health Resources for Native American/Alaska Native Health and Diabetes

Office of Minority Health, HHS

Results from the OMHRC Knowledge Center Catalog.

Diabetes

Indian Health Service

Diabetes Wellness Connection

Native American Diabetes Project

Taking Care of Your Diabetes Means Taking Care of Your Heart

National Diabetes Education Program is a joint program of NIH and CDC, DHHS

We Have the Power to Prevent Diabetes

National Diabetes Education Program is a joint program of NIH and CDC, DHHS

"I know everyone can do it once they make up their mind. A lot of people out there know it runs in their family and they think ‘Okay, I’m going to get it.’ No, it is not so. You can prevent it. If I can do it, so can you."

Our Stories
American Indians and Alaska Native people share their personal health experiences

Culture of Diabetes Native Americans and Futurelessness

National Minority Consortia of Public Television Outreach in association with Joint Center Health Policy Institute

In some Native American communities, diabetes is so common that people grow up feeling that it is in some ways, inevitable.  "I don't have diabetes yet," is what Dr. Warne often hears from his patients.  Yet hope for the future is an important factor in preventing and controlling diabetes - something health care practitioners need to take into account when treating patients. 

Delores's and Evelyn's Story

Wisdom of the Elders

A conversation between a tribal diabetes coordinator and a woman managing her diabetes about the importance of eating healthily.

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Ernest's Story

Wisdom of the Elders

Ernest has successfully met the challenge of diabetes and shares his experiences.

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Horse Song: a special presentation for diabetes education

Indian Health Services and Northern Navajo Medical Center

This innovative drama portrays the challenges faced by a Navajo family in dealing with diabetes.  The program incorporates the Navajo language and culture into this outreach tool.  This video is 60 minutes long.

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Jerry's Story

Wisdom of the Elders

A Cowlitz elder, Jerry, talks about how he learned the serious complications from diabetes can be reduced with proper diet and daily exercise.

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Managing Diabetes in the Houma Nation

Association of American Indian Physicians project with Louisiana's United Houma Nation.

Native Americans and Diabetes

National Library of Medicine

Lona Brown has a family history of diabetes and how she is learning to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Video plays for 4 minutes 44 seconds.

Our Cultures Are Our Source of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Renowned Hollywood actor and Cherokee tribal member, Wes Studi, explains how American Indians and Alaska Natives are twice as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as non-Hispanic whites.  Studi underscores the wisdom of cultural knowledge, including gathering and planting local traditional foods and playing traditional games, to promote health and prevent diseases like type 2 diabetes. [9:02 minutes]

Reducing Diabetes Disparities in American Indian Communities (Wind River, Wyoming)

Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes, University of Michigan

This video provides narratives of users and workers involved in a diabetes education program.

Valerie's and Karen's Talk

Wisdom of the Elders

A conversation between the Nimiipuu health clinic's exercise and health program instructor and a woman that has struggled with diabetes for more than twenty years.

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For Researchers, Health Professionals, and Educators
Tools for American Indian and Alaska Native people health

2011 Report to Congress: Making Progress Towards a Healither Future

Indian Health Service

Report of the 66 Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) Demonstration Projects in Indian health diabetes prevention and treatment.  (PDF, 7 MB)

Diabetes and American Indians/Alaska Natives

Office of Minority Health, HHS

This resource provides diabetes statistics and incidence rates.

Diabetes and Native Americans and Cardiovascular Diseases

National Library of Medicine

Journal citations from MEDLINE/PubMed

Diabetes and Native Americans and Children

National Library of Medicine

Journal citations from MEDLINE/PubMed

Diabetes Education in Tribal Schools

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH

The Diabetes Education in Tribal Schools program provided curriculum research and evaluation resources.  The "Health Is Life in Balance" curriculum was designed to increase American Indian and Alaska Native students' understanding of health, diabetes, and maintaining life in balance; to increase their understanding and application of scientific and community knowledge; and to increase interest in science and health professions among American Indian and Alaska Native youth.

Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention

Indian Health Service, HHS

This site provides model programs, Web-based training, clinical guidelines and best practices for health professionals.

Educational Materials and References - Native Diabetes Wellness Program

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Provides posters, health communication planning, stories and publications.

Indian Health Service Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention: Patient Education

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Native Americans and Diabetes

National Library of Medicine

Journal citations from MEDLINE/PubMed, limited to the last 5 years

Prevention and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Children, With Special Emphasis on American Indian and Alaska Native Children

American Academy of Pediatrics

This article presents guidelines for preventive efforts, early diagnosis, and collaborative care of the patient and family within the context of a medical home.

Reducing Diabetes Disparities in American Indian Communities (Wind River Reservation)

Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes, University of Michigan

Summary of goals, approaches and progress of a diabetes program on Wind River Indian Reservation.

Researcher Resources for Native American/Alaska Native Health and Diabetes

Office of Minority Health, HHS

Results from the OMHRC Knowledge Center Catalog.

Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) Toolkits

Toolkits to implement their own innovative strategies to reduce diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk, and create healthier futures for AI/AN people.

Organizations and Programs
Organizations and programs supporting health in American Indian and Alaska Native communities

American Indian/Alaska Native Programs

American Diabetes Association

Diabetic Eye Disease Program

National Eye Institute, NIH

Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention

Indian Health Service, HHS

This site provides model programs, Web-based training, clinical guidelines and best practices for health professionals.

Native Diabetes Wellness Program

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The mission of the Native Diabetes Wellness Program is to work with a growing circle of partners to address the health inequities so starkly revealed by diabetes in Indian Country. With social justice and respect for Native and Western science as grounding principles, we support community efforts to promote health and prevent type 2 diabetes.

Organizations for Native American/Alaska Native Health and Diabetes

Office of Minority Health, HHS

Results from the OMHRC Knowledge Center Catalog.

Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI)

Indian Health Service

The Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) is a $150 million per year grant program that is funded through Congressional legislation and administered by the Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention (DDTP).

The National Program to Eliminate Diabetes-Related Health Disparities in Vulnerable Populations

Association of American Indian Physicians

General Health Information about Diabetes

Diabetes in MedlinePlus

National Library of Medicine

Diabetic Eye Problems in MedlinePlus

National Library of Medicine

Diabetic Foot in MedlinePlus

National Library of Medicine

How is Diabetes Treated in Children

Food and Drug Administration