Local Impact - North Carolina


Cynthia Lambert, Program Manager
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Cherokee, North Carolina

“Before SDPI, a diabetic patient was seen in the outpatient setting… [t]here was no individualized care for the diabetic patient.”
–Cynthia Lambert

Before SDPI, a diabetic patient was seen in the outpatient setting in the Cherokee Indian Hospital. There were no group activities or education for diabetics and they were treated as any other patient with an appointment. There was no individualized care for our diabetic patients.

Now, we operate a successful diabetes prevention and treatment program with two SDPI grants; the first and largest is a Community Directed grant and the second is a Healthy Heart Initiative grant. We also work closely with Cherokee Choices (a diabetes prevention program that has banned fast food at our schools), revamped the school menus to include more fresh fruits and vegetables, and sponsored the “Remember the Removal” bicycle ride. This ride is a healing community event where riders bike the path that was taken during the removal period to Oklahoma. We partner in these efforts in addition to the work we are able to do with SDPI funding.

As the main component of the Community Directed program, we serve the diabetic population of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians by providing a clinic that meets the individual needs of each patient. We use an integrated team approach to healthcare with each provider having the support of an RN/case manager, an LPN in the clinic and a case management support staff.

The patients involved in the Healthy Heart Initiative are provided with a more intensive partnership with staff members and are encouraged to work with the exercise specialist for individual attention. We often provide cooking demonstrations, hikes in the park, campfire ghost stories and bowling. Some of these events are open to the public as recruitment activities and education concerning diabetes is provided to the community during the events.

In the past, we were able to provide money for diabetic supplies, equipment for the clinic and incentives to participate in community programs. We changed our oversight entity in October 2013 for the health and medical division to the Cherokee Indian Hospital. The Hospital is committed to keep the clinic functioning and serving the diabetic population of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee.



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Alabama

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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

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Navajo Special Diabetes Project

Rudy Clark
Hualapai Healthy Heart Project

California

Amy Lemmer
Sonoma County Indian Health Project

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Alberta Manuel
Sonoma County Indian Health

Connecticut

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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

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Jena Band of Choctaw Indians

Maine

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Aroostook Band of MicMac

Michigan

Tracy L. Sagataw
Hannahville Indian Community Clinic Diabetes Program

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

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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

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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
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Erlene Sandoval
Navajo Special Diabetes Project

New York

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St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
Let’s Get Healthy Program

North Carolina

Ulela Harris
Cherokee Diabetes Program

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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

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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

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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