Congressman Don Young and Senator Lisa Murkowski Visit the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Diabetes Program

In August, the ANTHC Diabetes Program hosted Alaska Congressman Don Young and Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski. Congressman Young and Senator Murkowski each visited specifically to learn more about ANTHC’s efforts to combat diabetes in Alaska and to learn the difference ANTHC’s Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) is making in communities across Alaska.

As diabetes rates continue to increase among Alaska Native people, ANTHC offers a range of traditional and non-traditional care, services and support. The ANTHC Diabetes Program focuses on several key areas, which include: providing direct patient care at the Alaska Native Medical Center and in field clinics around the state; maintaining a registry of all Alaska Native people with diabetes and those at high-risk for developing diabetes; and providing diabetes prevention and evidence-based treatment through community outreach events, programs, trainings, writings and continuing education. The ANTHC Diabetes Program provides support and training to more than 20 community-based SDPI programs in Alaska.

During the visits with Congressman Young and Senator Murkowski, ANTHC’s Diabetes team presented highlights of their work, shared an overview of diabetes impact in Alaska, and held an SDPI discussion with Congressman Young, Senator Murkowski and Consortium and Alaska Native Health Board leadership. Another highlight of the visit by Senator Murkowski was her tour of the ANMC’s Podiatry department to see the diabetes team in action.