The Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska Indian Reservation is within Knox County located in the
north-central part of Nebraska. Using patient surveys, clinical data, and input from community
leaders several diabetes needs have been identified. It has been identified that individuals with
diabetes and diabetes risk factors comprise a significant portion of the community population. It has
also been identified that education and resources for this population is lacking. With the
proposed funding from the SDPI community directed grant program we would be able to
1. Educational courses will be held on a variety of topics ranging from nutrition, exercise,
mental health, obesity, diabetes education and prevention. These classes will be led
by various staff members, using numerous resources to include: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist/Certified Diabetes Educator (RDN/CDE), Registered nursing staff, Nurse practitioner/physician assistants, wellness center staff, infection control/disease prevention, community leaders and more. During these courses we will provide individual nutrition counseling, education, meal planning, exercise planning, personalized goals, diabetes prevention and wellness education.
2. Podiatry services will be offered once per month by a Doctor of Podiatric
Medicine(D.P.M). Diabetic shoes will be provided as a measure to prevent foot complications.
3. Vision services will be provided including retinopathy screening and eye glasses for
individuals with diabetes.
The Santee Sioux Nation Diabetes Program plans to use the proposed funds from the SDPI
grant for education and services. The education and services will be provided for patients with a
diagnosis of diabetes who are actively receiving care at the Santee Health Center.