11-1 “10th Anniversary Issue” Resource Guide

Sep 15th, 1999 | By | Category: 11-1: 10th Anniversary Issue, Resource Guides
By Jackie Two Feathers

Salish Kootenai College provides a fitness center for the community. File photo of Jay Hawk by Lee Marmon, American Indian College Fund.

There are growing concerns among Native American communities today regarding chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes and their causes. Research indicates that changing lifestyles have led to an increase in heart disease and type 2 diabetes in Indian people. Many advocate returning to a traditional diet and increasing exercise to live a healthier life. Although there are many resources about nutrition and chronic disease available, few are Native American specific. Some of the nutrition resources in this guide are specific to particular tribes or regions, but they can be applied to other indigenous people. Not all resources could be listed due to space limitations, but this guide will lead to many useful links and additional resources for information.


Indian Health Service Diabetes Program

The mission of the Indian Health Service (IHS) Diabetes Program is to develop, document, and sustain a public health effort to prevent and control diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The website has hyperlinks to U.S. IHS Diabetes Programs, a bibliography of publications from 1986-1999, and an excellent IHS catalog of diabetes education materials which includes videotapes, slide/audio tape modules, and books on diabetes and nutrition. For further information contact IHS-HQ, Diabetes Program, 5300 Homestead Road, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Phone (505) 248-4182; Fax (505) 248-4188. E-mail Lorraine Valdez at s.lorraine.valdez@mail.ihs.gov


Native American Diabetes Project

The Native American Diabetes Project at the University of New Mexico Center for Health Promotion was funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The NADP has designed, developed, implemented, and evaluated a diabetes lifestyle curriculum, “Strong in Body & Spirit!” It emphasizes healthful eating and exercising for everyone (not just people with diabetes) and emphasizes family and community support for healthful dietary changes. For more information, contact Jackie Two Feathers, University of New Mexico, Native American Diabetes Project, 2701 Frontier NE, Surge Bldg., Room 251, Albuquerque, NM 87131-5311. Phone (505) 272-4462; fax (505) 272-4857. Email j2fthrs@unm.edu


Project Grow

This holistic campaign utilizes gardening to combat the diabetes epidemic and promote total wellness. It includes nutrition, health, and diabetes curriculum. For more information contact Lee Antell, Ph.D., Interim Director, Project Grow, American Indian OIC, 1845 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Phone (612)341-3358; fax (612)341-3766.


Office of Minority Health Resource Center

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center is the largest resource and referral service on minority health in the nation. OMH-RC offers information, publications, mailing lists, database searches, and referrals on African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander populations. For more information, contact The Office of Minority Health, Department of Health and Human Services, P.O. Box 37337, Washington, D.C. 20013-7337. Phone (800) 444-6472; Email: info@omhrc.gov


Gila River Diabetes Prevention Assistant Certificate

The Gila River Indian Community has developed diabetes prevention materials, including a Diabetes Prevention Assistant Certificate program for paraprofessionals and Quest, a diabetes prevention program for children in grades K-3. The paraprofessional curriculum has been approved for 16 hours of credit by Central Arizona College. It includes trial customs and cultures, energy balance, and hyperglycemia. For more information, contact Joanne S. Hurley at (520) 562-1231 or fax (602) 528-1266.

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