Feather River Tribal Health, Inc. is committed to the health and wellness of our American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations and has demonstrated effectiveness in reducing risk factors associated with diabetes. We recognize that diabetes is endemic in the AI/AN community and take our responsibility to help improve the management of this disease in the people we serve. FRTH recognizes that AI/AN represent an undeserved population and that the health disparities and inequities in the AI/AN population continues to be an area of concern. FRTH offers culturally appropriate strategies for maintaining healthy lifestyle practices among AI/AN patients.
Through the SDPI grant, FRTH has developed a culturally appropriate and multidisciplinary approach to diabetic patient care. Education and awareness are at the forefront of our efforts. FRTH fosters both group and individual education and counseling by certified diabetes educators and nutritionists. We teach the importance of exercise, healthy eating, and monitoring blood sugar on a regular basis as part of a daily strategy for addressing diabetes. We have a fully functional gym that is available to our diabetic AI/AN patients, including regular exercise classes, open gym hours and a therapy pool with a certified instructor.
We offer our patients Free Style Libre to monitor their blood sugar. FRTH has found that the Free Style Libre system is imperative to our patients routine self-monitoring over other styles such as the finger poke. With the Free Style Libre we have seen greater participation and compliance rates of our patients and greater outcomes over the long-term.