Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) is a nonprofit, Urban Indian Organization, and a community health center that provides health and human services to patients, specializing in the care for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). Our organization was founded in 1970 and reaches patients throughout the greater Seattle area including King County and surrounding counties. One of many factors that distinguishes SIHB from other health centers is that we provide culturally competent care and integrate Traditional Indian Medicine (TIM) alongside our other healthcare and wellness services.
With SDPI funding, SIHB will provide diabetes treatment and prevention activities for our AI/AN urban community. The Required Key Measure (RKM) we will pursue is the number and percent of individuals in our Target Group who receive nutrition education performed by a Registered Dietician (RD) or other health or wellness programs staff. We will implement five major activities to advance our RKM as follows:
1. Diabetes support groups facilitated by Registered Dieticians (RD) and integrated with talking circles and nutrition education.
2. Patient incentives to meet with RDs and attend support groups.
3. Quarterly nutrition department meetings to assess program efficacy and challenges.
4. Midpoint data reporting at clinical staff meetings to encourage engagement.
5. Integration of Medical Assistants as part of the SDPI team to coordinate referrals and monitor appointments.
We will also pursue five optional activities as follows:
1. Eye exams for retinopathy screening
2. Foot exams
3. Depression screenings
4. Hepatitis C screenings
5. Immunizations for influenza
SIHB will achieve these activities with a budget of $351,001, which will help pay for key personnel including the Diabetes Program Coordinator, RNs, and RDs, as well as patient care supplies and contractual services (foot exams).