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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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


Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI)

In response to the diabetes epidemic among American Indians and Alaska Natives, Congress established the SDPI grant programs in 1997. This $150 million annual grant program provides funds for diabetes treatment and prevention to 404 IHS, Tribal and Urban Indian health programs across the United States.

Community-Directed Diabetes Program

This component of the SDPI provides funds to IHS, Tribal and Urban Health Programs in all 12 IHS areas to begin or enhance local diabetes treatment and prevention programs.

Demonstration Projects

This component of the SDPI provided funds to develop and implement projects in two specific areas – diabetes prevention in high risk individuals and cardiovascular disease prevention in people who already have diabetes. Funding for these projects ended in FY2009.

Diabetes Prevention Program and Healthy Heart Project Initiatives (DP-HH Initiatives)

Modeled after the Demonstration Projects, these programs receive funds to continue or begin one of these two initiatives, to continue implementation of the interventions and begin dissemination of the best practices from their experiences.

The IHS Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit

The IHS Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit is a process to assess care and health outcomes for American Indians and Alaska Natives with diagnosed diabetes. View the all new Audit information for 2011 in an easy-to-navigate format.

Report to Congress

SDPI continues to demonstrate that Indian health programs are implementing evidence-based interventions to treat and prevent diabetes in ways that significantly reduce the burden of diabetes and its complications for American Indian and Alaska Native people. Read the most recent reports to Congress to find out more.

SDPI Fact Sheets

Learn more about the SDPI, including its legislative history and clinical outcomes, and find fact sheets on diabetes treatment and prevention.

Ideas and Inspirations

Energizing ideas and activities from SDPI grant programs across Indian Country that are improving the lives of community members. See how the Tulalip Tribe started a community garden. Shoshone-Paiute got people walking and influenced a nearby restaurant's healthy choices!

Indian Health Diabetes Best Practices

The Indian Health Diabetes Best Practices are consensus-based approaches for implementing or improving diabetes treatment and prevention services and activities.

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