2009 Voices for Change Award Winners
The inaugural awards were presented during a special ceremony at the Indian Health Services (IHS) Summit in Denver, CO on July 9, 2009.
Pine Ridge IHS SDPI Diabetes Prevention Program
“Oyate Wicozani Ocanku”, Pine Ridge, South Dakota
The Pine Ridge Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) have worked diligently to educate Tribal leadership at both local and national levels that diabetes prevention is possible, by sharing their stories of successful weight loss, increased physical activity, healthier food choices and overcoming obstacles in adopting healthy behaviors.
- Toiyabe Indian Health Project, Inc. (Bishop, CA)
Being Responsible American Indian Diabetics (BRAID)
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, Oklahoma City, OK
Through diabetes self-management education that is culturally appropriate, BRAID patients have learned to set goals and change behaviors which have resulted in lower A1Cs, thus dramatically reducing the risk of chronic complications associated with diabetes.
- Pit River Health Service, Inc. (Burney, CA)
- Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Sault Ste. Marie, MI)
Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley
San Jose, CA
Grounded in American Indian healing traditions, the Indian Health Center incorporates traditional aspects of mind, body, heart, and spirit such as native crafts, storytelling, drumming, dancing, and ceremony, as well as proven lifestyle change concepts to empower patients to actively participate in their own self-care.
- Nimiipuu Health Center (Lapwai, ID)
- Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (Anchorage, AK)
- White Earth Land Recovery Project Native Harvest (Callaway, MN)
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