Diabetes Disparities In Native American Community

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The diabetes epidemic within this demographic is being combated via multiple channels by a host of characters. The federal government, for one, has been active in addressing this issue. The CDC currently works to reduce diabetes-related health disparities in Native American communities by funding and supporting national organizations to engage and collaborate with local partners in nearly twenty communities (CDC, 2014b). For instance, the CDC provides funding to the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP), which works closely with communities in Louisiana, Michigan, and Kansas to create culturally appropriate and long-term diabetes interventions. One intervention in Kansas, the Better Health Cooking Skills Class, teaches community…show more content…
The Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention within IHS has developed the Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit to monitor diabetes clinical care, and has created diabetes surveillance systems for tracking diabetes prevalence and related health complications (US Department of Health and Human Services [USDHHS], 2015). The IHS also established the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI). The SDPI is a federally funded program that focuses on diabetes treatment and prevention programs and activities in hundreds of tribal communities within the US. The SDPI encompasses several efforts including the community-directed diabetes program, which focuses on local treatments and prevention programs (USDHHS, 2015). The Program also includes Indian Health Diabetes Best Practices. Developed by Native American health system professionals, these consensus-based approaches are used to implement or improve diabetes treatment and prevention. These Best Practices emphasize adult weight management, nutrition and physical activity, scientific research, diabetes program evaluations, and treatment and prevention of cardiovascular and kidney disease (USDHHS, 2015). The IHS also supports and funds external research programs and interventions…show more content…
The Eliminating Disparities in the Diabetes Prevention, Access, and Care Act (EDDPAC) aims to improve diabetes research, treatment, education, and prevention in minority populations, including Native Americans. This proposed piece of legislation would require the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to examine the various factors that lead to diabetes in minority populations, and would also require the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide grants for diabetes education classes and training programs for health providers on cultural sensitivity (Chow et al., 2012). HRSA would also fund Federally Qualified Community Health Center programs that provide diabetes services and screenings, and strengthen career-building programs to provide career opportunities within minority populations that are focused on diabetes treatment and care (Chow et al.,
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