Special Diabetes Program for Indians
Coronavirus/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.
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.
You’ve been asking for it!
"A River Runs Through Us"
Get your newly-revised edition of the "90-Day Journal for Wellness." This 256-page full-color journal features photos and quotes from Tribal community members. It includes daily messages, a section to identify feelings and thoughts, and a place to track your self-care activities on your wellness journey. Let the words inside you be your guide to good health of mind, body, and spirit.
Listen to Dr. Ann Bullock, director of the Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention, discuss positive developments in fighting diabetes and take questions from listeners. Originally broadcast on October 25, 2019.
Thank you for joining us at the 2019 Diabetes in Indian Country Conference!
The 2019 IHS Diabetes in Indian Country Conference was held in Oklahoma City August 6 - 9. See our conference highlights to find materials, enjoy photos, and more.
Information, instructions, and documents for the required FY 2019 Annual Progress Report submission are now available.
Check 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)
Find culturally relevant and easy-to-use materials for providers, patients, and clients. Materials are free to order, or to download and print.
SDPI Optional Webinar
March 26th @ 3pm EST
PIE and SDPI
Upcoming Live CME/CE Education
April 7th @ 3 pm EDT
The Science Supporting Exclusive Breastfeeding: Why Not Just One Bottle?
Jennifer Thomas, MD, MPH, IBCLC
Pediatrician and Breastfeeding Medicine Specialist Clinical Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Pediatrics
Medical College of Wisconsin
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