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'All hands on deck': Indian Country diabetes program faces loss of funding again


February 6, 2020

Participants in a health and wellness walk are cheered on during the National Congress of American Indians 76th annual convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on October 23, 2019. Photo by Kevin Abourezk

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A successful program that helps tribes address high rates of diabetes in their communities is once again in danger of expiring despite widespread and bipartisan support among lawmakers in the nation's capital.

The Special Diabetes Program for Indians provides $150 million in grants every year for treatment, prevention and awareness initiatives in tribal communities. Following its authorization by Congress in 1997, rates for disease among Native youth have not increased in more than 10 years, while rates among Native adults have remained steady for much of the past decade.


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