The Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma (KTO) is located in central Oklahoma near the rural community of McLoud. The Kickapoo Tribal Health Center patient population is 4,950 with 425 of these patients having diabetes, making the diabetes prevalence 8.6%. The majority of the population we serve are of low socioeconomic status with limited financial means and access to healthy food options. Key health issues were identified by local leadership as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity which is at the core of what the KTO SDPI activities and services are based on.
The KTO SDPI is located within the health center and is easily accessible to providers and patients for comprehensive diabetes care. The Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma has been a recipient of the SDPI grant for 25 years and because of this, it has been able to grow its activities and services into what it is today.
The KTO SDPI provides many services to people with diabetes. This includes a nationally recognized Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support program that provides group diabetes classes and individual appointments, comprehensive foot exams with the podiatrist, eye exams with an optometrist to screen for retinopathy, dental exams, and additional foot care with the Certified Foot Care Specialist. Also provided are glucose testing supplies, continuous glucose monitoring, custom diabetic inserts and shoes, and eyewear.
Many preventative activities are also made available to the community. These events and activities promote a healthy lifestyle through physical activity and good nutrition across the lifespan, from young children enrolled in Head Start all the way up to our Elders. Activities include, but are not limited to, community walks, Elder Olympics, Kamp Kickapoo, and cooking classes.
It is our mission to teach those in our community and provide them with the tools to manage diabetes and prevent chronic health conditions.