Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention (DDTP)
IHS COVID-19 Resource webpage COVID-19 Patient Education Resources:
- What Tribal Members need to know about COVID-19 [PDF - 213 KB]
- How to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Home [PDF - 2 MB]
- Elder Mental Health During COVID-19 [PDF - 3 MB]
- Tips for Elders and Their Caregivers [PDF - 376 KB]
COVID-19 and Diabetes
- People with diabetes who are infected with the coronavirus are more likely to develop severe coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and complications.
- They should be especially diligent to reduce risk of exposure, including hand washing, practicing social distancing, and staying home as much as possible.
- Managing diabetes can be more challenging during this time.
- Blood sugars: activity restriction, changes in eating patterns, and illness can all affect blood sugars. Patients should monitor more closely and call their health care team if they are having problems.
- Medications: patients should ensure they have sufficient medications and call their health care team if they need refills.
- To reduce the risk of coronavirus exposure, avoid going to the clinic unless necessary. Patients who develop mild symptoms should monitor their blood sugars, stay well hydrated, and call their health care team with concerns.
- For severe symptoms, seek medical care right away.
Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI)
Clinician CME/CE Training and Resources
In the Spotlight
Eleven new and revised Diabetes Education Lesson Plans which include educator resources and participant materials. The lesson plans are designed for individual or group sessions and facilitate the knowledge and skills development necessary for diabetes self-care.
Great news! Decrease in diabetes prevalence in AI/AN adults
The prevalence of diabetes in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) adults has decreased significantly. Free full text article: Prevalence of diagnosed diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native adults, 2006–2017.
Even More Free CME/CE Training Available!
Visit our Recorded CME/CE Webinars page for a variety of topics on diabetes-related care that provide CME/CE credit. Nine more were recently added!
Find culturally relevant and easy-to-use materials for providers, patients, and clients. Materials are free to order, or to download and print.
Upcoming Live CME/CE Education
September 15th @ 3 pm EDT
Update on Immunizations for People with Diabetes
Jillian Doss-Walker, MPH
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