YKHC’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Program serves 48 villages in southwest Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta – an area the size of the state of Oregon. Approximately 90 percent of the area population is Alaska Native, including Yup’ik, Cup’ik, and Athabaskan.
Our program offers a variety of outreach and clinical services to address the changing needs of the people. Our staff includes Clinical Diabetes Educators, Data Entry Coordinator, Healthy Hearts Case Managers, Outreach Coordinators, and Program Coordinator.
- provide diabetes education presentations at schools, Head Start programs, pre-maternal home and in the community organizations, PATC, tribal gatherings and upon request
- conduct blood glucose screenings at health clinics, health fairs, community events and upon request
- work with communities to encourage physical activity like the exercise program at the Senior Center in Bethel
- provide schools and communities with physical activity awards or garden awards.
Clinical diabetes educators:
- provide diabetes self-management education for clients and their families;
- provide both inpatient and outpatient services;
- identify and educate individuals at high risk for diabetes;
- function as a resource for the health care team providing patient care;
- serve as patient advocate in delivery of diabetes care;
- provide education for patients with gestational diabetes;
- provide medical nutrition therapy;
- plan and participate in multi-disciplinary subregional clinics in which patients receive a variety of services.
Healthy Hearts Case Managers
- Serve people diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes who are Alaska Native/American Indian
- Offer individualized case management to help reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease
- Work cooperatively with other diabetes team members to increase awareness of diabetes prevention and control in the community
As a team we:
- coordinate the monthly diabetes support group, every second Thursday from 12 – 1 p.m. at YKHC’s CHAP Conference Room, on the second floor – across from the hospital (lunch is provided)
- host the monthly diabetes radio show every second Wednesday at 10 a.m. on KYUK
- facilitate special community events, like the Senior Health & Fitness Day and the Family Health & Fitness Day
2016 COMMUNITY ACTIVITY & GARDEN AWARDS:
YKHC’s Diabetes Prevention & Control Program is currently inviting all communities in the YK Delta to apply for our 2016 Community Activity and Garden Award funds. We are encouraging community organizations to partner with us to develop long-term activity programs that will help prevent diabetes and other chronic health diseases by increasing healthy lifestyle choices for people living in our rural communities. Find out more.
DIABETES ALERT DAY:
American Diabetes Association® Alert Day® is a one-day “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This year’s Diabetes Alert Day will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
2016 ESSAY CONTEST:
As a means to empower our youth we are hosting an essay contest for 5th-8th grade students within the Lower Kuskokwim School District, Kuspuk School District, and Yupiit School District in order to generate discussion about what it means to live a healthy life. Find out more.
If you would like more information or are interested in any of these services, please contact us. We are happy to assist you.
Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation
Diabetes Prevention & Control Program
P.O. Box 528, Bethel, AK 99559
Toll Free 1-877-543-6133 Direct line 907-543-6133
For other information on diabetes please visit the websites below.
American Diabetes Association: http://www.diabetes.org/