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Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Community health representative: The first tribally contracted program, since 1968 - American indian paraprofessional healthcare providers


Accomplishments and awards

Oklahoma Area Association of CHRs (OAACHR) won the 2003 Volunteer Organization of the Year Award from the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) of Oklahoma.

This Award was based on OAACHR accomplishments in conducting statewide “mini” health screenings which led NKF to address diabetes as well as kidney disease in future Kidney Direct Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQUI) guidelines. The award also reflected OAACHR's success in providing education courses to tribal CHR Programs to the extent that some of the Oklahoma Tribal CHR Programs have taken the NKF's "Kidneys in the Classroom" program, modified it culturally and currently use it as a teaching tool for prevention of kidney disease in newly diagnosed AI/AN diabetics.

Charles North; Claudia Bannon; Cathy Stueckemann
Accepting the award on behalf of the OAACHR is Woody Hansen, Cherokee Nation of OK CHR and OAACHR President

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