Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI)
In response to the disproportionately high rate of type 2 diabetes in American Indians and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities; Congress in 1997, passed the Balanced Budget Act establishing the SDPI as a grant program for the prevention and treatment of diabetes at a funding level of $30 million per year for five years. After extensive Tribal consultation, the Indian Health Service (IHS) distributed the funding to over 300 IHS, Tribal and Urban AI/AN health programs. In 2001, Congress increased the amount of SDPI funding to $100 million per year, and then again increased it to $150 million per year from 2004-2009. In 2008, Tribes and Tribal partners advocated for reauthorization of the SDPI funding and as a result of their hard work, Congress reauthorized the program for an additional two years (2010 - 2011) at the current level of $150 million per year.
The SDPI funds have allowed implementation of nearly 400 programs and enhanced diabetes care and education in AI/AN communities, establishing innovative and culturally appropriate strategies to combating the diabetes epidemic.
USET Diabetes Program
USET works in collaboration with 20 of its member tribes in conjunction
with the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI). This
collaborative effort was initiated in 1997 and will continue through
2011. USET is the primary funding agency to the tribes in the Nashville
Area of Indian Health Service, making this a unique funding process for
the SDPI in Indian Country.
- Collaborative administration of the Indian Health Service funded Special Diabetes Program for Indians.
- Technical assistance in the areas of diabetes, diabetes education, and program management.
- Technical assistance specifically related to the Special Diabetes Program for Indians.
- Advocacy for diabetes issues for American Indians/Alaskan Natives.
- Timely dissemination of diabetes and diabetes prevention information.
The USET Diabetes Program serves 19 of the 25 USET member Tribes. The Tribes are located in 12 different states, starting in Maine, south to Florida and west to eastern Texas.
Alabama Coushatta Tribe of Texas Oneida Indian Nation
Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana Passamaquoddy Tribe-Indian Township
Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana Passamaquoddy Tribe-Pleasant Point
Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians Penobscot Indian Nation
Jena Band of Choctaw Indians Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Seminole Tribe of Florida
Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Tunica-Biloxi Indians of Louisiana
Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head
Narragansett Indian Tribe Tribes that apply/administer their own SDPI programs:
Aroostook Band of Micmac Service Unit
Catawba Service Unit
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
For more information please contact Dianna Richter, Diabetes Consultant at firstname.lastname@example.org