New Health Newsletter for Native Americans Launched|
A new online newsletter called Honoring Health: Resources for American Indians and Alaska Natives debuted recently. NIAMS, in collaboration with NIDCR and NIA, led development of the newsletter, which features health topics relevant to Native people and highlights health-related resources, events, training and funding opportunities from across NIH and other federal agencies.
The November issue, featuring content from NIDDK, focuses on diabetes, in recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month and American Indian Heritage Month. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among Native people. The disease can cause devastating complications, including heart disease, stroke, blindness and chronic kidney disease, and can lead to amputations. The newsletter features culturally appropriate materials for American Indian and Alaska Native patients with diabetes and people at risk, including ways to control the disease and lower the risk for complications. The November issue also includes a toolkit to help community health workers teach about kidney disease; links to children’s storybooks about nutrition, physical activity and diabetes prevention; and media resources to raise public awareness about diabetes in local communities.
Honoring Health: Resources for American Indians and Alaska Natives is produced by the trans-NIH American Indian/Alaska Native health communications and information work group, in partnership with the Indian Health Service and the Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging. To subscribe to this free e-newsletter, visit www.niams.nih.gov/News_and_ Events/AIAN_Honoring_Health.