With multi-year seed funding from the Bristol Myers-Squibb Foundation, the Center is implementing and evaluating a community-based intervention focused on adolescents who are newly diagnosed as pre-diabetic or diabetic. The goal is to promote home-based lifestyle and behavior changes to prevent and manage diabetes for adolescents and their families, and then scale the model to global populations.
The project includes three Navajo communities in Arizona as well as the White Mountain Apache Nation. With consultation by Native traditional healers to infuse cultural strengths, the Center designed a family-based curriculum package that is administered in the homes of participants by local Native Family Health Coaches trained and employed by the Center. The intervention was designed in collaboration with the local Indian Health Service and Tribal diabetes programs to fill gaps in education and health promotion.