Local Impact - Arizona


Rudy Clark, Hualapai

Hualapai Healthy Heart Project

“Today, after 20 years of insulin injections, I am able to manage my diabetes without insulin.”
- Rudy Clark

Before I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1978, I really didn’t know much about diabetes. My father, who died when I was young, had his leg amputated and I thought he just went into a coma. As I learned more about the full impact of diabetes, I realized it was probably a diabetes-related coma that caused his death. What my father went through with his health problems is one thing that motivates me to stay healthy and be available to my children and grandchildren.

I had made many healthy changes over the years but I woke up one day and decided to commit to learning all I could about diabetes and joined the Hualapai Healthy Heart Program. I took classes on heart health and managing diabetes, and learned about reading labels to pick which foods to eat. The most challenging part for me has been trying to maintain a steady weight and keeping up with a vigorous schedule for exercise. I ride bikes, walk, jog, and use the Hualapai Fitness Center and always invite others in the community to join me.

I try to let everyone know that our tribe has programs like Healthy Heart that will show them how to commit to make small changes and start eating healthy and exercising, not just to help them control their diabetes but to hopefully one day prevent it. Diabetes is something that we should attack and pay attention to as a native nation. We need to fight diabetes, using our cultural and traditional methods because we now know that we can control our blood sugar.

Diabetes in Arizona

According to 2008 CDC data, approximately 376,000 people in Arizona – 7.9% 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 Arizona, the financial burden diabetes places on the state’s health system is staggering – in 2007, the direct and indirect cost of diabetes in Arizona was approximately $3.46 billion.

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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