Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative
(To contact the CMM Diabetes Community Consultant under our staff section or ADI@cmmns.com)
The goal of the ADI is to reduce type 2 diabetes among Aboriginal people by supporting health promotion and primary prevention activities and services delivered by trained community diabetes workers and health service providers. Renewed funding has enabled First Nations and Inuit communities to continue to build on past successes in more than 600 First Nations and Inuit communities throughout Canada.
The Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative delivers a range of primary prevention, screening and treatment programs in partnership with Tribal Councils, First Nations organizations, Inuit community groups and Provincial and Territorial governments.
Through these activities, the ADI supports prevention, health promotion, screening and care management initiatives that are community-based and culturally appropriate.
The renewed ADI features several areas of enhanced focus, including:
- Initiatives for children, youth, parents and families;
- Diabetes in pre-pregnancy and pregnancy;
- Community-led food security planning to improve access to healthy foods, including traditional and market foods; and
- Enhanced training for health professionals on clinical practice guidelines and chronic disease management strategies.
Examples of what the Diabetes Community Consultant does:
- Develop partnerships to create community-led activities in First Nation communities.
- Provide group education classes that focuses on diabetes prevention and management.
- Help school and daycare cooks develop and implement menus, making the healthy choice the easy choice.
- Support in community-led programming to address food insecurity such as community gardens, greenhouses, food box initiatives, and more.
- Host cooking classes for youth and adults
- Diabetes Self Management Journey: program providing educational support to community members on self-managing diabetes