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Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Diabetes Translation Research

IHS Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention 

The Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention (DDTP) is responsible for developing, documenting, and sustaining clinical and public health efforts to treat and prevent diabetes in American Indians and Alaska Natives.

The DDTP is assigned oversight responsibilities for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI)

Veterans Health Administration—Native Domain

The Native Domain’s specific functions include evaluation, cataloging and coordination of past and ongoing programs and projects targeted to help identify, delineate and then disseminate models of best practices for rural Native Veterans.

Given the considerable cultural, social and geographic diversity of rural Native Veterans, it is important to stress that while the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is national in scope by its very nature, VHA programs and activities targeted at this population may benefit from policy strategies that embrace a national scope while maintaining a local focus.

A national scope involves the VHA engaging at a system-wide level in a collaborative, coordinated and cohesive effort to attend to the needs of these populations. A local focus refers to the adaptation of national efforts—including policy, best practices, partnerships, programs and dissemination—to the environments of rural Native Veterans at the level of individual tribes, villages, islands and communities. Thus, all work produced from the Native Domain will be considered with regards to a national scope with a local focus.

The Native Domain’s goals are to conduct policy analysis; collect best practices; foster clinical demonstration projects; coordinate and partner with agencies and Native communities; and disseminate information about these populations.

The three core focus areas: 

  • Population Science — to understand the scope of Native Veteran demographics, healthcare utilization and patterns within the VA.
  • Policy — to collect and review existing policies and research affecting Native Veterans for the development of strategic recommendations and policy planning based on existing data.
  • Programs — to support the implementation, identification and dissemination information on culturally-competent best practices for Native Veteran clinical care and outreach.

National Indian Health Board

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) represents Tribal governments—both those that operate their own health care delivery systems through contracting and compacting, and thosereceiving health care directly from the Indian Health Service (IHS).

Located in Washington DC on Capitol Hill, the NIHB, a non-profit organization, provides a variety of services to tribes, Area Health Boards, Tribal organizations, federal agencies, and private foundations, including: 
  • Advocacy
  • Policy Formation and Analysis
  • Legislative and Regulatory Tracking
  • Direct and Timely Communication with Tribes
  • Research on Indian Health Issues
  • Program Development and Assessment
  • Training and Technical Assistance Programs
  • Project Management

The NIHB continually presents the Tribal perspective while monitoring federal legislation, and opening opportunities to network with other national health care organizations to engage their support on Indian health care issues. The only organization of its kind dedicated to strengthening healthcare for all AI/ANs. 

National Congress of American Indians 

The National Congress of American Indians, founded in 1944, is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities.  Its Policy Research Center, directed by Dr. Malia Villegas, EdD, focuses on a wide range of issues facing tribal communities, including Indian health, and  formally collaborates with the Washington University’s Center for Diabetes Translation Research ( Our joint activities include a 3-day workshop held at the University of Colorado Denver CDTR July 7-9, 2013. The purpose of the workshop was to equip Native investigators associated with the Policy Research Center to write more effectively for scientific audiences and to prepare more competitive research grant applications.


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