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Saturday, September 20, 2014

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


Indian Health Diabetes Best Practices

Photo collage of Best PracticesThe Indian Health Diabetes Best Practices are consensus-based approaches, developed by Indian health system professionals, that anyone in clinical and community settings can use to implement or improve diabetes treatment and prevention. These Indian Health Diabetes Best Practices:

  • Cover 20 topics in diabetes treatment and prevention, including adult weight management, breastfeeding, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, nutrition and physical activity, diabetes in youth and a new Best Practice for 2011, Diabetes Prevention.
  • Are based on findings from the latest scientific research, outcomes studies and successful experiences of diabetes programs.
  • Provide IHS, Tribal, and Urban Indian health care programs with relevant, evidence-based information on caring for American Indians and Alaska Natives with diabetes or at risk of developing diabetes.
  • Can help diabetes care teams assess what works and what does not work.

SDPI Community-Directed grantees: Use the FY 2014 Best Practice Addendum and the 2011 Indian Health Diabetes Best Practice documents below as reference towards your SDPI FY 2015 Application. The Standards of Care and Clinical Practice Recommendations will have the latest information on many of these Best Practice Topics.

Each Indian Health Diabetes Best Practice provides the:

  • Purpose of the Best Practice
  • Target population
  • Intended users
  • Definition
  • Goals of the Best Practice
  • Key Recommendations and Key Measures
  • Outline for planning for your program and evaluation
  • Details on how to implement the Key Recommendations
  • Appendices including supplemental information
  • Tools and Resources
  • References

Use the FY 2014 Best Practice Addendum below and the 2011 Indian Health Diabetes Best Practice documents as reference towards your SDPI Community-Directed FY 2015 Continuation Application. The FY 2014 Best Practice Addendum provides the most current information on the Required and Optional Key Measures, along with suggested ways to obtain the measures.

Information and additional references towards understanding the 2011 Indian Health Best Practices and FY 2014 Best Practice Addendum are available here.

Recorded Sessions
  • WebAudit Reports Update Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov – Provides an overview of the SDPI Required Key Measures and Trend reports from the WebAudit. (7:39 minutes)
  • Target Measures Update Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov – Overview and reasons why target measure changes were made to A1C and Blood Pressure. This session does not carry CME/CE credit. (27:30 minutes)
Web Resource Document Resources

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