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Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI)

Photos of SDPI Grant Programs and community members.

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, coordinated by IHS Division of Diabetes with guidance from the Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee, provides funds for diabetes treatment and prevention to IHS, Tribal, and Urban Indian health programs across the United States.

SDPI Updates

Diabetes Edcuation Lesson Plans Check out the new Diabetes Education Lesson Plans

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.


Decrease in diabetes prevalence in AI/AN adults Great news! Decrease in diabetes prevalence in AI/AN adults [PDF] Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov 

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. [PDF] Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov 


SDPI 2021 Continuation Application Now Available!

Information, instructions, and documents for the required 2021 Continuation Application are now available.


Changing the Course of Diabetes in Indian Country Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov 

Changing the Course of Diabetes in Indian Country VideoCheck out and share this new video, produced in collaboration with ADA TV. It highlights SDPI and the remarkable improvements that are changing the course of diabetes in Indian Country. Dedicated to all SDPI grantees and featuring the Chickasaw Nation Diabetes Program, the video premiered at the 78th American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions in Orlando, FL, June 22–26, 2018. (Running time: 5:40)


Check Out Our Diabetes Education MaterialsCheck Out Our Diabetes Education Materials

Find culturally relevant and easy-to-use materials for providers, patients, and clients. Materials are free to order, or to download and print.

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