Local Impact - Nebraska

Clarissa Hoffman, Ho-Chunk Tribe of Nebraska

Ho-Chunk Hope Diabetes Prevention

"I’ve had 3 relatives lose limbs to diabetes. Diabetes needs to be taken seriously and wiped out - as we now know it can be."
- Clarissa Hoffman

I am a 34 year old Native American woman who comes from a long line of great people. We have had to endure and survive in spite of near extinction and yet there is still disease and sickness we must overcome. Diabetes is one of them that is passed down to us and we know it can be stopped.

I am very happy to be a part of the change that will help future generations put an end to diabetes. Ho-Chunk Hope is teaching that change and through this program I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. I love Ho-Chunk Hope. It is a great, life changing and people saving program. The program has helped me learn and re-learn how to take care of myself and fight diabetes. I am exercising more and cooking in a healthier way that is better for my family and me.

I know I’m responsible for how my children eat and the habits they form, so I need to make sure I do what’s best for them by first taking care of myself while at the same time making permanent healthier choices for the whole family. Ho-Chunk Hope has helped teach me those ways and has also shown me the way to a healthier lifestyle. I am “off the diabetes-charts” now - I’m no longer pre-diabetic!

Diabetes in Nebraska

According to 2008 CDC data, approximately 99,000 people in Nebraska – 7% 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 that diabetes places on the people in Nebraska, the financial burden diabetes places on the state’s health system is staggering – in 2007, the direct and indirect cost of diabetes in Nebraska was approximately $809 million.

Stories & Progams

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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


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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
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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

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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