Type 2 Diabetes Science and American Indian/Alaska Native Culture Creating a National K-12 Curriculum Prevention Strategy for Native Youth
Francis, C.D.; Chino, M.
Diabetes Spectrum 25(1): 23-25
ISSN/ISBN: 1040-9165 DOI: 10.2337/diaspect.25.1.23
Preventing and reducing the onset of type 2 diabetes among American Indian/Alaska Native youth requires educational strategies to affect knowledge, attitudes, and cognitive decision-making skills. In an unparalleled effort to address the growing epidemic of type 2 diabetes in tribal communities, eight tribal colleges and three federal agencies collaborated to develop and implement a kindergarten-through-twelfth-grade (K–12) Diabetes Education in Tribal Schools curriculum. This article outlines the scientific and cultural development of a comprehensive K–12 science curriculum as a targeted health prevention strategy.