Hoeven Announces More Than $320,000 For Diabetes Prevention Program for North Dakota Native Americans

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today announced that Indian Health Services (IHS) has awarded $323,285 to the Trenton Indian Services Area office in Trenton, N.D. which serves Native Americans in northwest North Dakota. The funds will be used to support a demonstration program to help prevent diabetes in tribal members.

“It is vitally important to ensure that North Dakotans and our Native Americans have the tools they need to live healthy lives,” Hoeven said. “Today’s grant will help raise awareness of diabetes risks and give participants the planning and support they need to lower their risk for developing diabetes.”

The Centers for Disease Control says that American Indian and Alaska Native adults are twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Today’s funds are made available through IHS’s Special Diabetes Program for Indians.