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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention - Leading the effort to treat and prevent diabetes in American Indians and Alaska Natives


Creating Strong Diabetes Programs: Plan a Trip to Success!

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Essential Elements for Step 4: Plan Activities

There are 20 Indian Health Diabetes Best Practices. Each Best Practice identifies certain activities that have been shown to be effective. Implementing recommended activities may help the improvement efforts of clinical and community-based diabetes programs.

What are Indian Health Diabetes Best Practices?

  • Evidence-based approaches that address diabetes prevention, treatment and education practices in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
  • Developed by Indian Health systems professionals.
  • Based on findings from the latest scientific research and successful experiences of diabetes programs.
  • Provide relevant, evidence-based information.
  • Include topics that may address your program’s health issues and help your program improve.

What are the benefits of using a Best Practice?

  • Improve the health status of people in your community
  • Demonstrate program accountability
  • Manage its resources efficiently
  • Improve operations and outcomes
  • Assess what the program is doing
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses

What is included in the Indian Health Diabetes Best Practices?

  • A brief overview
  • A section on monitoring progress and outcomes
  • Clinical, community, and organizational recommendations
  • Ideas on evaluating and sustaining a Best Practice
  • Tools and Resources

There are 5 tips to help implement the Indian Health Best Practice:

  • Tip #1 Review the community needs assessment you completed earlier in this training.
  • Tip #2 If you have not already selected the Best Practices that fits your needs, do that now.
  • Tip #3 Be sure to get support from Tribal Leaders or reaffirm their commitment to your diabetes program.
  • Tip #4 Make sure you use the Best Practice Required Key Measures and your program goals and objectives are matched-up.
  • Tip #5 Identify how your program will collect and keep track of data on the Required Key Measures and other program activities.

 

Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention | Phone: (505) 248-4182 | Fax: (505) 248-4188 | diabetesprogram@ihs.gov