The Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) Initiatives are modeled after the Demonstration Projects and received funding in FY2010 to continue or newly implement one of two programs, to document activities and outcomes and disseminate information and best practices from the original Demonstration Projects.
The IHS awarded grants to 68 IHS, Tribal, and Urban Indian health programs to participate in one of two projects:
- Diabetes Prevention: 38 programs
The Diabetes Prevention Initiatives targets American Indians and Alaska Natives at high risk for developing diabetes. This project focuses on preventing diabetes through lifestyle changes, such as exercise and weight loss.
- Healthy Heart: 30 programs
The Health Heart Initiatives targets American Indians and Alaska Natives who have been diagnosed with diabetes. This project uses an intensive clinical, team-based case management approach to treat risk factors for cardiovascular disease, which is the number one killer of American Indian and Alaska Native adults.
For FY2010 and FY2011 funding, the Division of Diabetes, in consultation with Tribal leadership and in accordance with the directive of the IHS Director, has continued the activities of the initial Demonstration Projects.
Dear Tribal Leader Letter [PDF - 25KB] – June 19, 2013: Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, Acting IHS Director, writes to Tribal Leaders regarding her decision about the SDPI extension for FY 2014.
2011 Report to Congress [PDF - 11MB] – View a copy of the 2011 Report to Congress: Making Progress Toward a Healthier Future.
SDPI DP/HH Initiatives Fact Sheets – downloadable fact sheets can be used to inform Tribal Leaders and community members.
Diabetes Prevention and Healthy Heart Initiatives Information – Grant program resources available here.
– Learn more about the Coordinating Center, which is located at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. The Coordinating Center works under the guidance and leadership of the IHS Division of Diabetes to manage the day-to-day operations of the Initiatives and provide technical assistance to the grant programs.