SDPI Legislative Update
February 9th, 2018
The Great Lakes Area Tribal Health Board is pleased to announce that with the signing of today’s spending bill by President Trump, the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) has been renewed at the current funding level of $150 million until the end of FY’ 19. We would like to thank all Tribal advocates across the country who helped to make this goal possible.
According to the CDC, Native American adults have higher rates of Type II Diabetes than any other race or ethnicity at roughly 16%. From 1996 to 2013, SDPI funds and services have contributed to a 54% decrease in diabetes-related kidney failure among Native Americans (Vital Signs, 2017). These SDPI funds are of critical importance to our Tribal communities in the fight against Diabetes and regaining our Health and Wellness.
The Great Lakes Area Tribal Health Board will continue to support and advocate for a more long-term approval of SDPI funds. For more information on legislative alerts please follow this link: https://www.nihb.org/legislative/legislative.php
“Native Americans with Diabetes.” Vital Signs. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 26 Jan 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/aian-diabetes/index.html. Accessed 9 Feb 2018.