Local Impact - Wisconsin


Wendell Waukau, Menominee

Menominee Diabetes Program

"I joined the DP to avoid taking insulin for as long as possible. That was 3 years ago and I’m still controlling my diabetes without medication."
- Wendell Waukau

I was somewhat disappointed when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in June 2007. Disappointed because I thought I knew enough about it, having watched family and others on the reservation deal with the challenges of living with diabetes. On the day I was diagnosed, there was one thing I new for certain. I knew I wanted to avoid taking insulin for as long as possible. It’s been three years since that day, and with the support of the Menominee Tribal Clinic’s Diabetes Program, I have been able to successfully manage my blood sugars without any diabetes medications. I’ve been successful so far, but I’m also very aware of the reality of this disease and know that I have to work to maintain the changes I’ve made with diet and exercise to remain free from diabetes medications. So, I have stayed in close contact with the diabetes educator, the dietitian and the fitness staff. Their positive messages, willingness to listen and nonjudgmental coaching have played a key role in my ability to successfully manage my diabetes.

I am a big believer that programs don’t change people--relationships do. The Menominee Tribal Clinic’s Diabetes staff have created an environment in our community and in our schools in which positive, healthy relationships are occurring. They have empowered me to take control of my diabetes and my overall health and they have also provided a strong foundation for many of the positive healthy changes being made in our people.

Diabetes in Wisconsin

According to 2008 CDC data, approximately 293,000 people in Wisconsin – 6.5% 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 Wisconsin, the financial burden diabetes places on the health system in the state is staggering – in 2007, the direct and indirect cost of diabetes in Wisconsin was approximately $2.99 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