Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (ADI) Program
The goal of the SERDC’s Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative is to reduce type 2 diabetes among First Nation residents in SERDC communities by supporting health promotion and primary prevention activities and services delivered by trained community diabetes workers and health service providers.
ADI staff work in partnership with Provincial and Federal health service providers as well as other health promotion organizations such as the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association to facilitate a range of primary prevention, screening and treatment programs including cooking lessons, exercise classes, breast feeding workshops, and educational sessions.
Through these activities, the ADI supports prevention, health promotion, screening and care management initiatives that are community-based and culturally appropriate. Such community-based initiatives have included traditional activities such as berry picking, picnics, dancing, and games.
The objectives of ADI include:
Creating supportive environments and increasing the practice of healthy behaviours through improved access to healthy food and promotion of healthy eating, physical activity, and healthy body weights;
Increasing awareness of diabetes, diabetes risk factors and complications, and approaches to prevent diabetes and associated complications among all First Nations people;
· Increasing the early detection and screening for complications of diabetes in First Nations communities;
· Increasing community ownership of diabetes programs and capacity to prevent, delay and manage diabetes;
· Increasing knowledge development and information sharing to inform community-led, evidence-based activities in First Nations communities; and
· Developing partnerships to maximize the reach and impact of primary prevention and health promotion activities.
SERDC’s Tribal Diabetes Coordinator provides support and resources (such as healthy living initiatives, staff education, and client education guidance and materials) to local community health staff.