• WASHINGTON DC- March 31, 2014 - Today Congress passed a one year renewal of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI). The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), which continues to lead national efforts to secure the SDPI program, is very pleased with this development...

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  • Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) Yakama Indian Health Service Healthy Heart Program participated in a site visit from Senator Patty Murray’s Central Washington office staff

    The event was hosted by Yakama Nation Tribal Liaison Mathew Tomaskin and Director of Human Services Jerry Meninick. Rebecca Thornton, Central Washington Legislative Assistant to Senator Patty Murray...

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  • NIHB Highlights Success of Special Diabetes Program for Indians at Capitol Hill Briefing

    WASHINGTON, DC--December 5, 2013--The National Indian Health Board hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill today to bring awareness and showcase the success of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) in Tribal communities...

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  • Fighting Diabetes and Childhood Obesity in Indian Country with Awareness and Partnership

    WASHINGTON, DC--November 14, 2013--Today is World Diabetes Day and November is National Diabetes Awareness Month as well as Native American Heritage Month.

    In relation to the diabetes epidemic in Indian Country, the Indian Health Service (IHS) and the Notah Begay III Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Washington, D.C. on November 12...

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  • 336 House Members and 76 Senators Sign On in Support of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians

    336 U.S. House of Representatives Members and 76 Senators have signed the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) Congressional support letters this year. This increased, bipartisan support by Congress translates into over 75% of both chambers signing on in support of SDPI. This is an increase from last year’s total of 268 House Member and 72 Senate signatures.

    To view the House SDPI support letter (with signatures), CLICK HERE (PDF).

    To view the Senate SDPI support letter (with signatures), CLICK HERE (PDF).

    Please note that the House SDPI support letter contains 335 actual signatures. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX-32) provided his own support letter, bringing the total to 336.

  • Congressman Don Young and Senator Lisa Murkowski Visit the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Diabetes Program

    In August, the ANTHC Diabetes Program hosted Alaska Congressman Don Young and Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski. Congressman Young and Senator Murkowski each visited specifically to learn more about ANTHC’s efforts to combat diabetes in Alaska and to learn the difference ANTHC’s Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) is making in communities across Alaska...

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  • California SDPI Program Hosts a Site Visit with Staff from the Office of Congressman Ken Calvert (CA)

    On August 30th, the Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health Inc. Diabetes Program hosted an SDPI program site visit with Alexandra Berenter, Legislative Assistant, in the office of Representative Ken Calvert from California’s 42nd District...

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  • Toiyabe Indian Health Project Hosts an SDPI Program Site Visit

    On September 4, Senator Barbara Boxer’s (D-CA) Director for Central and Eastern California, Ameen Khan, visited Toiyabe Indian Health Project (TIHP). Mr. Khan’s visit was prompted by his interest in: 1) the primary prevention projects TIHP has been undertaking via its Community Transformation Grant (CTG) and 2) the impact that the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) has had in TIHP’s service area (Inyo and Mono counties)...

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  • The SDPI Network

    The Special Diabetes Program for Indians was created by Congress in 1997, and it has become our nation’s most effective effort in combatting diabetes in AI/AN communities. Congress must renew SDPI THIS YEAR to ensure that programs continue uninterrupted. 

    This will take ALL OF US working together. The National Indian Health Board has created this website to share information and provide new tools to help you participate in this campaign.  Here you will find, for the first time,  a new tool that documents, by each Member of Congress, history of support for SDPI, visits that have been conducted with their office, and other useful information. 

    Host an SDPI Site Visit With Your Member of Congress Today (PDF)

  • Support SDPI Renewal Today: Complete and Send SDPI Postcards to Your Members of Congress

    This is a quick and effective way to ask Congress to support SDPI renewal and help educate Congress on how SDPI is fighting diabetes and resulting in significant long-term health care savings. To receive SDPI postcards to share with your community, contact Jeremy Marshall (NIHB Senior Legislative Associate) at jmarshall@nihb.org or at 202-507-4078.

    NIHB looks forward to continuing our work with you over the coming months to ensure that Congress recognizes the urgency of renewing SDPI this year, understands the impact it is having in Tribal communities, and appreciates the return on the federal investment.


  • NEW SDPI RESOURCES: State-by-State Fact Sheets Show The Impact of SDPI

    The National Indian Health Board has developed new State-by-State fact sheets that tell the story of why SDPI is so important in saving lives and delivering a strong return on the Federal investment. The SDPI Healthy Heart, Diabetes Prevention, and Community-Directed Programs are changing the diabetes landscape in Indian Country. These new educational resources are critical in further educating the public about the State-specific impact of SDPI.

    To view the SDPI State-by-State fact sheets, CLICK HERE.

IHS releases SDPI Report to Congress documenting impressive outcomes from the federal investment.

The Department of Health and Human Services released “Making Progress Toward a Healthier Future,” the IHS 2011 Report to Congress on the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI)...

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Latest News

Posted: March 17, 2014

Council needs to overturn junk food tax veto

Navajo Times - March 13, 2014

As I sit here listening to my 6-year-old daughter read, I wonder what the future holds for her and the next generation of Navajo children.

Childhood obesity and diabetes continue to plague the Navajo Nation and American Indian communities across the United States. These negative trends among Navajo youth raise important questions for tribal communities. How will our Navajo Nation government and we, as Navajo people, work together to combat these negative trends?...

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Posted: March 14, 2014

Summary of Congressional Briefing on SDPI

On Tuesday, March 12, the office of Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY) and the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) held a briefing on the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI). As you may recall, SDPI is set to expire on September 30, 2014. We have a critical opportunity to have this program renewed by March 31, when Congress must renew the Medicare Extender legislation that is typically the legislative vehicle for SDPI...

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Posted: January 31, 2014

Navajos pass higher tax on junk food

The Navajo Nation Council, in its weeklong winter session, passed a tax on junk food and eliminated a tax on fresh, healthy foods Thursday.

Denisa Livingston, a healthy food advocate, worked with about 75 other members of the Diné Community Advocacy Alliance for the past two years to pass the 2 percent additional tax on sugary sodas and packaged snacks like doughnuts and chips, bringing the tax on those foods to 7 percent...

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Posted: January 31, 2014

Obese at 5? Chances are higher for obesity later, study says

Children who are overweight in kindergarten have four times the risk of becoming obese by eighth grade, researchers reported Wednesday – in just one of the ways they said that the risk of becoming overweight or obese could start even before birth...

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Posted: January 29, 2014

Te-Moak Tribe passes a resolution supporting SDPI

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Posted: January 13, 2014

A Triple Threat Against Obesity: NB3 Foundation, IHS and Let’s Move! in Indian Country Form Unprecedented Partnership

From Indian Country Today Media Network

The Notal Begay III Foundation (NB3F), Let's Move! in Indian Country and the Indian Health Service (IHS) take different approaches to achieve a similar agenda: to end childhood obesity and restore the health of Native communities...

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Posted: January 13, 2014

Traditional Food Makes a Comeback in the Pacific Northwest

From Indian Country Today Media Network

Long before the “100-mile diet” became the trendy new way to eat, Native American people of the Pacific Northwest were immersed in this way of eating. And little wonder, for they lived in an environment that was astonishingly bountiful. Forests overflowed with deer, elk, berries, flowers, seeds and greens. Seas and rivers teemed with salmon, prawn, crab and other nourishing plant and animal life. Shorelines were rich with clams, oysters and seaweed...

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Posted: January 13, 2014

Eating indigenously changes diets and lives of Native Americans

From Al Jazeera America

History and health came together one dark November evening for Marty Reinhardt at Northern Michigan University.

Reinhardt, a professor in the Native American Studies program, was helping to serve up fry bread, Indian tacos and other offerings at the annual First Nations Food Taster, a fund-raising event for the Native American Student Association...

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Posted: December 16, 2013

SDPI Renewal Clears First Legislative Hurdle

On Thursday, December 12, the Senate Finance Committee passed its “Doc Fix” reform bill which will reform the payments made to doctors under Medicare. Importantly, the legislation that was advanced also contained provisions known as “Medicare Extenders.” The renewal of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) was part of that package. The bill would renew the program for 5 years at $150 million per year. The legislation passed out of committee without any opposition. Thank you to everyone who called in to support this important...

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Posted: December 6, 2013

NIHB Highlights Success of Special Diabetes Program for Indians at Capitol Hill Briefing

WASHINGTON, DC--December 5, 2013--The National Indian Health Board hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill today to bring awareness and showcase the success of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) in Tribal communities...

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Posted: November 29, 2013

Join NIHB for a Capitol Hill briefing on the Special Diabetes Program for Indians – Thursday, December 5, 2013

On December 5, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) will host a Special Diabetes Program Indians (SDPI) briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C from 10:00 – 11:15 AM in 2218 Rayburn House Office Building. The SDPI is making a tremendous difference in the health of American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs), who are burdened disproportionately with type 2 diabetes at a rate of 2.8 times the national average.

As SDPI is set to expire in September 2014, the program must be renewed this year to ensure that critical programs around the country can continue. This is your opportunity to hear directly from SDPI grant program directors and other SDPI stakeholders on specifically how SDPI funding is changing the diabetes landscape for AI/ANs and how SDPI is saving lives, lowering medical expenditures and demonstrating a real return on the federal investment. To view the SDPI briefing invitation, CLICK HERE (PDF).

To RSVP for the SDPI briefing, please contact Jeremy Marshall, NIHB Senior Legislative Associate, at jmarshall@nihb.org or at (202) 507-4078.



Posted: November 26, 2013

World Diabetes Day – Raising Awareness of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention

November 14 – World Diabetes Day – was a great opportunity for Indian Country to help raise awareness of diabetes treatment and prevention as well as encourage people in Tribal communities to take control of their health. On World Diabetes Day, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) urged supporters to join NIHB and Tribal Communities in an SDPI National Call-In Day Event and ask their Senators and Representatives to support renewal of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI). The SDPI provides critical funding to programs that are helping our Tribal communities address complications and burdens of Type 2 diabetes.

Also on World Diabetes Day, Native America Calling (NAC) hosted a national radio broadcast titled “Speaking Out Against Diabetes.” The focus of the broadcast was to raise awareness of the high rate of diabetes in Indian Country, discuss with program listeners key information about what NIHB is doing on a national level to get the SDPI renewed by Congress this year and insights on incorporating healthy daily eating habits. NIHB continues to collaborate with SDPI stakeholders and other supporters on educating Congressional Members about the tremendous impact SDPI is having in changing the diabetes landscape in Indian Country. Guests on the show included Jeremy Marshall, NIHB Senior Legislative Associate, and Dr. Kendall Shumway, Diabetes Program Manager, of the Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc. Diabetes Program.

To listen to the broadcast,
CLICK HERE.



Posted: November 25, 2013

Ute Navajos Struggle with Diabetes

TOWAOC — From Cortez to Shiprock, N.M., Durango to Monticello, Utah, native Americans sit in hospitals and health centers receiving kidney dialysis at a higher rate than non-Indians...

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Posted: November 15, 2013

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

November National Diabetes Awareness Month is a time to raise awareness of diabetes prevention and control. In the United States, more than 26 million people are living with diabetes and 79 million more are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which has a high prevalence rate among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs). Over time, if it’s not controlled, type 2 diabetes can cause serious health problems like heart disease, stroke, and blindness. With early diagnosis and treatment, people with diabetes may prevent the development of these health problems. In 2012, the total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes was $245 billion, including $176 billion in direct medical costs and $69 billion in reduced productivity.

National Diabetes Awareness Month is a great opportunity for you to eat healthy, stay active, and take control of your health. Improved nutrition, regular exercise, and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol can help prevent a person from developing diabetes and can drastically reduce the occurrence of diabetes-related complications for those living with diabetes. The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is proud to participate in National Diabetes Awareness Month to promote diabetes prevention and control. The NIHB encourages you to take action in your communities to protect the health of our future generations.



Posted: November 7, 2013

NIHB Provides Letter in Support of House Bill on Diabetes Health Disparities in Minority Populations

On behalf of the 566 federally-recognized Tribes served by the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) today, NIHB Chairperson Cathy Abramson sent a letter to Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO-1) in support of H.R. 3322, the Eliminating Disparities in Diabetes Prevention, Access, and Care Act of 2013. The measure, introduced by Rep. DeGette on October 23, would amend the Public Health Service Act to prevent and treat diabetes, to promote and improve the care of individuals with diabetes, and to reduce health disparities relating to diabetes within racial and ethnic groups, including: American Indian and Alaska Native, African-American, Hispanic American, Asian American, and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander communities.

To view H.R. 3322, CLICK HERE (PDF)

To view the NIHB letter in support of H.R. 3322, CLICK HERE (PDF)

H.R. 3322 was co-sponsored by Reps. Ed Whitfield (R-KY-1), Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX-15), Judy Chu (D-CA-27), and Marcia Fudge (D-OH-11). The measure was referenced to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. For more information, please contact Jeremy Marshall, NIHB Senior Legislative Associate, at jmarshall@nihb.org or at (202) 507-4078.



Posted: November 1, 2013

76 Senators Sign Support Letter for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians

76 Senators have signed the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) Senate support letter this year, translating into over 75% of the U.S. Senate supporting this critical program. This is an increase from last year’s total of 72 Senate signatures. To view the SDPI Senate support letter (with signatures), CLICK HERE (PDF)



Posted: October 8, 2013

Legendary Actor Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes

Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. The legendary actor admitted that he has been dealing with high blood pressure since he was 36, and recently received the diagnosis during a doctor’s visit.

To read more, CLICK HERE.



Posted: October 3, 2013

TLDC Chair Provides Committee Update at the National Indian Health Board’s 30th Annual Consumer Conference

Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee (TLDC) Chairman Buford Rolin (Chairman, Poarch Band of Creek Indians) provided a Committee update during a morning plenary session at the National Indian Health Board’s 30th Annual Consumer Conference in Traverse City, Michigan. Chairman Rolin stated that the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) continues to improve the health of Indian Country and has led to significant advances in diabetes treatment, prevention, and education. SDPI programs across Indian Country are achieving dramatic reductions in diabetes risk factors, such as: blood pressure, weight, bad cholesterol and blood sugar levels...

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Posted: October 2, 2013

Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills Inspires Healthy, Traditional Living with His Own Experiences

Olympic Gold Medalist and humanitarian warrior Billy Mills brought people to their feet in a standing ovation as he shared his experiences with diabetes and traditional healing in the second day plenary session of the National Indian Health Board's 30th Annual Consumer Conference in Traverse City, Michigan...

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Posted: September 30, 2013

Congressional Support Strong for Special Diabetes Program for Indians Renewal

Last week, the House and Senate sign-on support letters for Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) renewal closed for Congressional Member signatures. Both SDPI support letters received an increased amount of bipartisan support this year, with 336 House Member Signatures (194 Democrats, 142 Republicans) and 76 Senate signatures, which translates into over 75% House and Senate Congressional Members signing on in support of SDPI. This is an increase from last year’s totals of 268 House and 72 Senate signatures. This increased support by Congress for SDPI will help to maintain critical momentum in diabetes research and care and do more to help bring diabetes-related costs under control...

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Posted: September 11, 2013

The American Diabetes Association Announces John Pipe Voices for Change Awards

Several leading Special Diabetes Program for Indians grantees were presented with the American Diabetes Association's John Pipe Voices for Change Award. The awards were presented at the National Indian Health Board's 30th Annual Consumer Conference in Traverse City, Michigan. These programs are recognized for their effective diabetes treatment and prevention services in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

For more information, CLICK HERE



Posted: August 16, 2013

IHS Conducts Successful Diabetes Lifestyle Intervention Program

The demonstration project, sponsored by the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI), implemented the lifestyle intervention, which translated the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) clinical trial conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) into the real world of Tribal communities. The landmark NIH DPP showed that lifestyle intervention could prevent or delay the onset of diabetes for those at risk.

To read more, CLICK HERE



Posted: August 8, 2013

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic Conquering Diabetes with the Special Diabetes Program for Indians

The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic’s (OKCIC) Steps to Achieve Results (STAR) program is a diabetes prevention program funded through the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI). STAR is for patients of the OKCIC who are age 18 or older and who have been diagnosed with prediabetes. STAR has shown that it is possible to prevent diabetes through simple lifestyle changes such as: exercising more; eating healthy food; and losing weight. OKCIC patients with prediabetes who did not participate in STAR progressed to diabetes at a rate 3.6 times more than those in STAR during the same time period. Evaluating data from January 1, 2011 – May 31, 2013, the results have shown that diabetes prevention works.

To read STAR participant testimonials and for additional information on the STAR program, CLICK HERE.



Posted: August 8, 2013

Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee Meets with Indian Health Service Director

In June, the Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee met with Indian Health Service Director Yvette Roubideaux during the Committee’s June Quarterly Meeting in Hollywood, Florida. The discussion focused on the current status of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) grant program and the issue of provision of dialysis services in Tribal communities. The group also discussed options for consultation if the SDPI is reauthorized beyond Fiscal Year 2014.



Posted: August 7, 2013

SDPI Program Places Third in National Wellness Poster Competition

In August, the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC) Steps to Achieve Results (STAR) diabetes prevention program placed third in a national wellness poster competition at the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) national health conference in Santa Clara, California. The theme of this year’s conference was “Promoting Wellness in Native American Communities through Exercise, Disease Prevention and Traditional Healing”.

OKCIC’s STAR program is a diabetes prevention program funded through the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI). The STAR poster highlighted the success of the STAR diabetes prevention program. OKCIC patients with prediabetes who did not participate in STAR progressed to diabetes at a rate 3.6 times more than those in STAR during the same time period. Evaluating data from January 1, 2011 – May 31, 2013, the results have shown that diabetes prevention works.

Congratulations to OKCIC’s STAR diabetes prevention program for their achievement in the national poster competition.



Posted: August 6, 2013

IHS Director Yvette Roubideaux Writes to Tribal Leaders on the Special Diabetes Program for Indians

In June, Indian Health Service Director Yvette Roubideaux sent a “Dear Tribal Leader” letter with an update on the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI). In April of this year, the Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee (TLDC) recommended that the national funding distribution for the SDPI remain the same for FY 2014. IHS Director Roubideaux concurred with this recommendation provided by the TLDC.

The Letter also provides an update on efforts to address the $3 million sequestration cut to SDPI funding in FY 2013. IHS has worked hard to find ways within current SDPI funding levels to address the $3 million reduction and has announced that SDPI grant amounts will not be reduced due to sequestration in FY 2013. SDPI programs established in Indian Country will continue to receive the necessary resources and funding to fight diabetes in Tribal communities.

To view a copy of the “Dear Tribal Leader” letter, CLICK HERE



Posted: June 27, 2013

“S.H.O.W.” SDPI Grantee Site Visit Toolkit: Connect with Your Member of Congress Today!

DOWNLOAD S.H.O.W. SDPI Toolkit (PDF)

On June 19th, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) launched the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) renewal campaign. As SDPI will expire on September 30th, 2014, NIHB asks you to help Congress understand the impact of SDPI in your communities by inviting your Member of Congress to visit your SDPI program in August during the Congressional recess. NIHB has created the “Schedule, Host, Organize, and Witness” (S.H.O.W.) SDPI Grantee Site Visit Toolkit, a step-by-step guide on how to host a site visit with your Member of Congress...
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Local Impact

Ulela Harris,
Cherokee Diabetes Program

I lost my parents and a sister from complications of diabetes. I have 8 brothers and sisters living with diabetes and I was diagnosed in 1993 and immediately went on insulin. In those days, before the SDPI, we were diagnosed, sent to a nutritionist and sent home with medication. In spite of my family history of diabetes I really didn’t understand the disease. My motivation to join the Cherokee Diabetes Prevention Program in 2007 came when I was at the clinic because my blood sugars were out of control...

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Congressional Info

336 House Members and 76 Senators Sign On in Support of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians

List of Members that supported SDPI: Senate | House

View the House SDPI support letters (with signatures): Senate | House