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American Diabetes Association Announces Fourth Annual John Pipe Voices for Change Award Winners

Innovative Approaches to Diabetes Prevention and Awareness Comes to Life in the Tribal Communities

Alexandria, VA – Sep 26, 2012 – Several leading Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) grantees will be presented with the American Diabetes Association’s John Pipe Voices for Change AwardThese programs are recognized for their effective diabetes treatment and prevention services in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The awards will be presented today at the National Indian Health Board’s 29th Annual Consumer Conference in Denver.

The awards are named in memory of long-time diabetes supporter John Pipe of Wolf Point, Mont., who was a dedicated diabetes advocate and served as a member of the Association’s Native American Initiatives Subcommittee. His longstanding advocacy efforts reached from his local community to Washington, D.C., and affected countless tribal communities.

The 2012 John Pipe Voices for Change Award recognizes SDPI programs that have excelled in the following categories: Advocacy, Outcomes and Innovation.

Advocacy Award:

Being Responsible American Indians with Diabetes (BRAID)
Oklahoma City
The BRAID Program educates American Indians about type 2 diabetes prevention and promotes healthier lives with positive lifestyle changes. Members of the BRAID team created a detailed brochure explaining their efforts in the diabetes community and how the funding for SDPI programs has helped them along the way. They took this brochure to the Oklahoma congressional staff where they asked for a verbal commitment that they would continue to be supported through SDPI funding. The brochure emphasizes the important work done on a daily basis by the dedicated staff as well as testimonies of patients about diabetes education and how vital the funding is for the tribal communities. Through these activities, BRAID was able to advocate for ongoing SDPI support and renewal.

Outcomes Award:

Cherokee Nation Diabetes Program
Tahlequah, Okla.
The Cherokee Nation Diabetes Program has provided services and diabetes supplies to over 10,000 diabetes patients served by their outpatient clinics and hospitals. The clinical staff are fully integrated into the delivery of direct patient care at their facilities, all have additional diabetes-related training, and many are Certified Diabetes Educators. The Cherokee Nation Diabetes Prevention Program offers 16-week diabetes prevention classes to participants with prediabetes, with classes covering nutrition, physical activity and psychosocial concepts. The 16-week program is followed by ongoing activities, meetings and assistance from a life coach to help participants achieve their weight-loss goals. Since February 2006, CNDPP has implemented 21 groups in six counties and has retained 187 of 247 participants. Overall, participants completing the classes have lost a total of 2,752.5 pounds during the 16-week session, with 92 participants reaching their 7 percent weight loss goal. Through these programs and resources, the Cherokee Nation Diabetes Program is able to see a measurable success in their efforts.

Innovation Award:

Healthy O’odham Promotion Program
Sells, Ariz.
The Healthy O’odham Promotion Program introduced the Diabetes Education in Tribal Schools (DETS) curriculum throughout four schools of the Tohono O’odham tribal reservation. They were also able to implement a tele-school pilot project in collaboration with four other middle schools off the reservation. The curriculum focused on prevention of diabetes and obesity. There was a health care specialist onsite to assist with hands-on activities as well as cooking demonstrations. In mid-July, bike ride was coordinated to keep the children active. The Healthy O’odham Promotion Program was successful in developing innovative prevention and treatment activities.

The SDPI continues to provide Indian health programs and tribal communities the resources and tools they need to both prevent and treat diabetes. It funds nearly 400 community directed programs, offering local tribes and health programs the opportunity to set priorities that meet the needs of the community, whether it be diabetes prevention activities or treatment. For over a decade Congress has provided funding for the SDPI and the American Diabetes Association has played an integral part in advocating for this important program. The Association, including the Awakening the Spirit Subcommittee, will continue to work for strong support of SDPI.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes® and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

Contact Information

Lisa Gibson
American Diabetes Association
(703) 549-1500 x4824