Local Impact - Hawaii


Anela Lautalo

“If everyone with diabetes does their part to help researchers understand what causes diabetes and how to prevent it, then one day there may be a world without diabetes.”
- Anela Lautalo

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 9 years old. My life hasn’t been the same since that day. There’s never a vacation. It is like a bad dream that lasts all day, all year, for my entire life. You never get a break from diabetes, not even on your birthday.

I test my blood sugar six to eight times each day, every day, and have to give myself 6 to 8 shots each day to manage my blood sugar levels. And some days it is hard to keep your blood sugar in good control, even when you try really hard.

I am the only one in my family to be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and I want to do all I can to help researchers learn the cause of diabetes so that one day other kids won’t have to live with this disease.

I am trying to do my part by participating in SEARCH, an important research project made possible by the Special Diabetes Program. There is so much that people don’t know about diabetes and by participating in SEARCH, I am helping researchers learn more about what causes this disease and how to cure it. It gives me hope that we will have a cure soon!

Diabetes in Hawaii

According to 2008 CDC data, approximately 79,000 people in Hawaii – 7.4% of the state’s population – had diagnosed diabetes, and many of them suffer from serious diabetes related complications or conditions. In addition to the human toll diabetes places on people in Hawaii, the financial burden diabetes places on the health system in the state is staggering – in 2007, the direct and indirect costs of diabetes in Hawaii was approximately $1.04 billion.

Stories & Progams

Diabetes Program Participants
Tell us more about your journey with Diabetes by filling out this form

Diabetes Care Providers
Share how SDPI funding has changed your community by filling out this form

Alabama

NEW!
The Poarch Creek Indian Community
Community Diabetes Support Group

Alaska

Charlotte McConnell
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Lifestyle Balance and Diabetes Prevention Program

Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation
Annual Diabetes Walk

Southcentral Foundation Special Diabetes Program for Indians

Arizona

NEW!
Navajo Special Diabetes Project

Rudy Clark
Hualapai Healthy Heart Project

California

Amy Lemmer
Sonoma County Indian Health Project

NEW!
Alberta Manuel
Sonoma County Indian Health

Connecticut

NEW!
Mohegan Tribe
Uncasville, CT

Hawaii

Anela Lautalo

Idaho

Christie Lussoro
Nimiipuu Health Diabetes Program

Iowa

Becky Youngbear-Alvarado
Meskwaki Diabetes Prevention Program

Kansas

Stephanie Crawford
Haskell Health Center Diabetes Prevention Program

Louisiana

NEW!
Jena Band of Choctaw Indians

Maine

NEW!
Aroostook Band of MicMac

Michigan

Tracy L. Sagataw
Hannahville Indian Community Clinic Diabetes Program

NEW!
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
Sault Ste. Marie, MI

NEW!
Rebecca Price
Pokagon Health Services Special Diabetes Program for Indians

Minnesota

Arne Vainio, MD
Fond du Lac Human Services Diabetes Prevention Program

Mississippi

Pastor Thomas Ben
Fond du Lac Human Services Diabetes Prevention Program

NEW!
Samuel Amos
Fond du Lac Human Services Diabetes Prevention Program

Montana

Faye Filesteel
Fort Belknap Healthy Heart Project

Nebraska

Clarissa Hoffman
Ho-Chunk Hope Diabetes Prevention

New Mexico

Elsie R. Pino
Ramah Navajo Heart Saver Project
NEW!
Erlene Sandoval
Navajo Special Diabetes Project

New York

NEW!
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
Let’s Get Healthy Program

North Carolina

Ulela Harris
Cherokee Diabetes Program

NEW!
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Cherokee, NC

North Dakota

Cheryl Donoven
On Eagles Wings Diabetes Prevention Program

Oklahoma

Terry Williams
Black Hawk Health Center

Allen Dale
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC) Get SET & Fight Diabetes program

Read more about OKCIC (PDF)


Glendine Blanchard
Absentee Shawnee Tribe Healthy Heart Program

Oregon

Taylor David
Klamath Diabetes Prevention Program Cow Creek Consortium

Shirley Heath
Warm Springs Oregon Diabetes Prevention Program

Jennifer Smith
Warm Springs Oregon Diabetes Prevention Program

Larry Smith
Warm Springs Oregon Diabetes Prevention Program

Rhode Island

Mary Lou Stanton
Narangansett Indian Health Clinic-Diabetes Program

South Carolina

NEW!
Catawba Indian Nation
Special Diabetes Program for Indians

South Dakota

Pete Fills the Pipe
Pine Ridge IHS Diabetes Prevention Program

Utah

Reggie Martinez
Uintah & Ouray IHS Clinic - Healthy Heart Project

Washington

Buddy and Les Hoptowit (Brothers)
Yakama Indian Health Center Healthy Heart Project

Wisconsin

Marion Reynolds
St. Croix Healthy Heart Program

Wanda McFaggen
St. Croix Healthy Heart Program

Wendell Waukau
Menominee Diabetes Program

Wyoming

Regina Whiteplume
Eastern Shoshone Diabetes Program