John Pipe Voices for Change Awards

2014 John Pipe Voices for Change Award Recipients

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The Awakening the Spirit Team of the American Diabetes Association is excited to announce the recipients of the 6th Annual "John Pipe Voices for Change Awards." The 2014 John Pipe Voices for Change Award recognizes SDPI programs that have excelled in the following categories: Advocacy, Outcomes and Innovation.

Several leading Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) grantees were presented with the American Diabetes Association's John Pipe Voices for Change Award. These programs are recognized for their effective diabetes treatment and prevention services in American Indian and Alaska Native communities in the categories of Advocacy, Outcomes, and Innovation. The awards will be presented throughout American Diabetes Month® and American Indian/Alaska Native month this November. These award recipients are working to change the future of diabetes by developing innovative and successful diabetes prevention and treatment programs, activities and resources. The awards are named in memory of long-time diabeetes supporter, John Pipe of Wolf Point, Montana, who was a dedicated diabetes advocate and served as a member of the Association's Native American Initiatives Subcommittee. His longstanding advocacy efforts reached from his local community to Washington, D.C., and affected countless tribal communities.

Advocacy Award

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Diabetes Program
Anchorage, Alaska

The ANTHC Diabetes Program, of Anchorage, Ala., offers a range of traditional and nontraditional diabetes care, services and support for the Alaska Natives and American Indians living in Alaska. The program cares for more than 1,000 patients each year at the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) but their work extends far beyond. They also provide cooking demonstrations, foot care and even exercise instructors to clinics, health fairs and community events. The team hosted Representative Don Young and Senator Lisa Murkowski at ANMC to learn more about diabetes in Alaska and the impact of the more than 20 SDPI community directed programs. During their visits, 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, Consortium and the Alaska Native Health Board leadership. The team believes these congressional visits provided additional momentum for SDPI reauthorization.

Innovation Award

Wagner Indian High School/Yankton Sioux Tribe Community Directed Diabetes Prevention Program
Wagner, South Dakota

The Yankton Sioux Tribe Community Directed Diabetes Prevention Program of Wagner, S.D, provides primary prevention activities to effect lifestyle change in at risk youth and their families. Each family is invited to participate in a multidisciplinary program to begin making healthy lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes. They receive assessment and counseling regarding nutrition, physical activity and psychosocial considerations, where every child completes a clinical evaluation and fitness test. Monthly sessions are held in third grade classrooms, covering nutrition and exercise, with a locally created curriculum. The program's highlight of this year is their annual day camp, where families are treated to fishing, kayaking, healthy meals and snack, archery, Frisbee golf and geocache.

Outcomes Award

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center
Pendleton, Oregon

The Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center of Pendleton, Ore., is a rural clinic serving 3000 tribal members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The center's Diabetes Education Program is part of a team of educators that help patients build skills to prevent diabetes complications and stay healthy. The program includes group classes, support group and individual education appointments with a team of educators, including a diabetes program coordinator, registered nurse, technical eye photographer, registered dietician, certified diabetes educator, fitness trainer and life coach. Patients are encouraged to bring a family member or friend when attending.

Past Award Recipients