The IHS Director established the Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee (TLDC) in 1998 after the successful Tribal consultation process helped determine the mechanism for distributing Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) funds.
The TLDC makes recommendations to the IHS Director on broad-based policy and advocacy priorities for diabetes and related chronic conditions. The TLDC also plays a key role in ensuring that the IHS consults with Tribes before making decisions on diabetes treatment and prevention efforts.
The Committee consists of the following people:
- One elected Tribal Leader from each of the 12 IHS Areas
- One federal representative
- One technical advisor from each of the following groups: Direct Service Tribes Advisory Committee, National Congress of American Indians, National Council of Urban Indian Health, National Indian Health Board, and Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee