Local Impact - Iowa

Becky Youngbear-Alvarado, Meskwaki

Meskwaki Diabetes Prevention Program

"Being diagnosed with pre-diabetes was the wake up call I needed to focus on making healthy changes to prevent diabetes."
- Becky Youngbear-Alvarado

It’s been almost 3 years since I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes by the Meskwaki Diabetes Prevention Program. I knew I was overweight but not aware that I was at high risk of getting diabetes if I didn’t change my lifestyle. The program not only provided me with a wake up call to change what I was eating to prevent diabetes, they gave me the knowledge and skills I needed to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. As a result of my participation in the Diabetes Prevention Program, I have lost 23 pounds and my blood sugars are back in the normal range. The healthy changes I have made to prevent diabetes are also having a tremendous impact on the health of my family. Even beyond my family, people in the community will stop me and ask me how I’ve been able to lose weight. I always tell them that I found out I had pre-diabetes, joined the Diabetes Prevention Program, and slowly and in a healthy way, I lost the weight and have been able to prevent diabetes.

Almost 3 years later, the staff is still monitoring my health monthly. I know I’m fortunate to have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes because it made me eligible to join the Diabetes Prevention Program. What’s difficult is that there are so many people in our community who do not have pre-diabetes and do not qualify for this special program. This a life saving program that should be open to anyone who wants to prevent diabetes, as well as for those who want to learn how to get better control of their diabetes.

Diabetes in Iowa

According to 2008 CDC data, approximately 160,000 people in Iowa – 6.3% of the state’s population – had diagnosed diabetes, and many of them suffer from serious diabetes complications or conditions. In addition to the human toll diabetes places on people in Iowa, the financial burden diabetes places on the health system in the state is staggering – in 2007, the direct and indirect costs of diabetes in Iowa was approximately $1.47 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


The Poarch Creek Indian Community
Community Diabetes Support Group


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


Celia Milner
CHR Department, Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians

Marlene Valentine -
Navajo Special Diabetes Project

Rudy Clark
Hualapai Healthy Heart Project


Case Manager
United American Indian Involvement

Jackie Patton
Chapa-De Indian Clinic

Amy Lemmer
Sonoma County Indian Health Project

Alberta Manuel
Sonoma County Indian Health


Mohegan Tribe
Uncasville, CT


Anela Lautalo


Christie Lussoro
Nimiipuu Health Diabetes Program


Becky Youngbear-Alvarado
Meskwaki Diabetes Prevention Program


Stephanie Crawford
Haskell Health Center Diabetes Prevention Program


Jena Band of Choctaw Indians


Aroostook Band of MicMac


Tracy L. Sagataw
Hannahville Indian Community Clinic Diabetes Program

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

Rebecca Price
Pokagon Health Services Special Diabetes Program for Indians


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


Pastor Thomas Ben
Fond du Lac Human Services Diabetes Prevention Program

Samuel Amos
Fond du Lac Human Services Diabetes Prevention Program


Faye Filesteel
Fort Belknap Healthy Heart Project


Clarissa Hoffman
Ho-Chunk Hope Diabetes Prevention

New Mexico

Judy Reuter
Santa Ana Pueblo
Elsie R. Pino
Ramah Navajo Heart Saver Project
Erlene Sandoval
Navajo Special Diabetes Project

New York

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
Let’s Get Healthy Program

North Carolina

Ulela Harris
Cherokee Diabetes Program

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Cherokee, NC

North Dakota

Cheryl Donoven
On Eagles Wings Diabetes Prevention Program


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


Dylan Jones
NARA Northwest

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

Catawba Indian Nation
Special Diabetes Program for Indians

South Dakota

Pete Fills the Pipe
Pine Ridge IHS Diabetes Prevention Program


Reggie Martinez
Uintah & Ouray IHS Clinic - Healthy Heart Project


Christina Hicks
SDPI-Community Direct Diabetes Grant
Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation

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


Marion Reynolds
St. Croix Healthy Heart Program

Wanda McFaggen
St. Croix Healthy Heart Program

Wendell Waukau
Menominee Diabetes Program


Regina Whiteplume
Eastern Shoshone Diabetes Program