Tuba City Regional Medical Center’s Diabetes services wins “Change” award

Tuba City, Arizona (ICC) October 2010

 L to R: Robyn Maho, Abdul Baco, Dr. Kristen Graziano, Evelina Maho.
The American Diabetes Association, the nation’s leading voluntary health organization in the fight against diabetes, announced recently that the Tuba City Regional Medical Center Diabetes Treatment and Prevention Services was presented with the John Pipe Voices For Change Award in recognition for their innovative efforts in the delivery of diabetes treatment and prevention services.

The award was presented at the National Indian Health Board’s 27th Annual Consumer Conference during late September in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Abdul Baco, Diabetes Education Coordinator; Evelina Maho, Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator; and Robyn Maho, Health Promotion Program Coordinator accepted the award on Tuba City Diabetes Treatment and Prevention Services Program’s behalf.
The Department of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention Services at the Tuba City Regional Heath Care Corporation (TCRHCC) provides many programs to help patients and community members increase their knowledge of diabetes, the prevention of diabetes, and – for those who have – to stay healthy, feel better, and live well.

The Department of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention Services consists of three essential programs, each of which is partially or completely funded by SDPI grant monies; these include: Health Promotion, the Diabetes Prevention Program, and Diabetes Education and Clinical Nutrition.

“These three programs work together to bridge services and cover the spectrum of diabetes prevention and treatment,” Dr. Kristen Graziano, Director of the Diabetes Treatment and Prevention Services said. She added, “Our department offers a number of diverse programs including those for pre-school and school-aged youth, for community members looking to take an active role in their health, those at high-risk for diabetes, and patients and families with diabetes.”

The Tuba City Diabetes Treatment and Prevention Services is one of the leading Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) grantees.

“We have a lot of people to reach, but we are passionate about what we do, and are committed to helping people stay healthy,” said Dr. Graziano. “Our innovative strategies of integration, collaboration, and partnerships allows us to provide resources and expertise, and a continuum of support to patients and community members.  We are delighted and honored to receive this award, and to continue to receive positive feedback from those that we serve”.

“It is our privilege to honor the outstanding achievements of the Tuba City Diabetes Treatment and Prevention Services,” said Gale Marshall, Chair of the Awakening the Spirit team of the American Diabetes Association. “ Their innovative approaches to address diabetes are providing inspiration and hope to all tribal communities who are engaged in the fight to stop diabetes.”

Joe Engelken, CEO, noted, “We are proud of this national recognized service, especially knowing the new Diabetes Treatment and Prevention Services integrated service will be opening soon in our new Medical Office Building as a Center of Excellence.”

The SDPI continues to provide Indian health programs the resources and tools they need to effectively address the diabetes epidemic in tribal communities.  Funding over 450 community based programs, the SDPI offers tribes the opportunity to set priorities that meet the unique needs of these diverse communities. For over a decade Congress has provided funding for the SDPI and the American Diabetes Association has played an integral part in promoting this important program.  The Association will continue to work for strong support of SDPI.

For more information about the Diabetes Treatment and Prevention Services, call (928) 283-2404.