The Issue: Prevalence of Diabetes Among American Indians
At 16.1%, American Indians and Alaska Natives have a higher age-adjusted prevalence of diabetes than any other US ethnic group, according to American Diabetes Association data. In addition, an estimated 30% of American Indians and Alaska Natives have prediabetes, which indicates higher-than-normal blood-glucose levels but can go undiagnosed due its asymptomatic nature. In the Milwaukee area, there are more than 12,000 American Indians representing 11 tribal nations from Wisconsin and beyond, many of whom may be living with diabetes without knowing it.
The Campaign: Providing Screenings for Type 2 Diabetes
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center, Inc. can conduct blood-sugar screenings for 500 people in Milwaukee’s Native community. Each additional $10 raised will provide another 10 blood-sugar screenings. Screenings identify people with abnormal sugar levels so they can be referred for follow-up evaluations, diagnosis, and treatment to prevent diabetes complications, including heart attack, stroke, kidney damage, and amputation. Medical professionals conduct these screenings, as well as diabetes awareness campaigns, at community events such as powwows, festivals, and health fairs.
Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center, Inc.
Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center, Inc. works to improve the health and welfare of Milwaukee’s American Indian community. The center comprises a medical clinic and wellness center, which provide medical and social services for Native people of all ages and tribes. The clinic emphasizes preventative and diagnostic care with routine checkups, lab work, immunizations, and family-planning services; it also refers clients to specialists or hospitals. Special programs—including the Choices Youth Prevention program and the diabetes program—encourage residents to focus on their well-being through outreach and recreational activities such as fitness instruction or the Native Wellness Garden Club.
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