Indian Health Service Announces $136 Million for Diabetes Treatment and Prevention
August 26, 2022
The Indian Health Service (IHS) is pouring $136 million in grant funding into the Special Diabetes Program for Indians, a federal program established in 1997 in response to the diabetes epidemic among American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Native Americans have the highest rates of Type 2 diabetes in the United States, according to The Indian Health Service.
But since the beginning of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians, diabetes health outcomes have improved significantly among Native communities, with an overall eight percent reduction in the average blood sugar level of those diagnosed between 1997 and 2015. According to IHS, improved blood sugar control contributes to reductions in complications from diabetes.