John Pipe Voices of Change Awards
Awards honor advocacy, innovation, and improved outcomes in Native American and Alaska Native communities
John Pipe concentrated his advocacy on bringing diabetes awareness and education to American Indian and Alaska Native communities, which are among the hardest hit by the national diabetes epidemic. Pipe, a member of the Assiniboine Sioux tribe from Wolf Point, Montana, is remembered today—and his work is amplified—by ongoing efforts.
Grant recipients in the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI), a federal program established in 1997, are eligible for a further distinction: the John Pipe Voices for Change Awards. These awards are given by the American Diabetes Association’s Awakening the Spirit subcommittee to honor the organizations and people who improve healthy outcomes by providing community-based diabetes education and advocacy.
Congratulations to the 2014 award recipients:
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Diabetes Program
The ANTHC team hosted the Alaska Congressional Delegation, providing Rep. Don Young and Sen. Lisa Murkowski with the opportunity to learn more about diabetes and the impact of the more than 20 SDPI community-directed programs in the state. This type of communication is essential in encouraging reauthorization for SDPI funding.
Wagner Indian High School/Yankton Sioux Tribe
Wagner, South Dakota
This community-directed diabetes prevention program involves at-risk students and their families, who are counseled about nutrition, physical activity, and psychosocial considerations. Each child receives a clinical evaluation and fitness testing. Monthly education sessions and an after-school program reinforce what students have learned. The annual day camp celebrates health: Families are treated to fishing, kayaking, nutritious eats, archery, Frisbee golf, and geocaching.
Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center
The center provides outpatient primary care to members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation—Cayuse, Walla Walla, and Umatilla—and other eligible American Indians. The diabetes program supports the tribal community with a registered nurse educator, eye exam photo technician, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, fitness trainer, and life coach—in addition to the clinic’s team-care providers.