WOMEN’S HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAM
The mission of the Western Tribal Diabetes Project (WTDP) is to empower tribal communities to utilize diabetes data at the local level to track the Indian Health Service Standards of Care for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes, insure patients receive timely care, improve case management, identify gaps in care, and better address program planning.
The Western Tribal Diabetes Project serves the 43 federally recognized tribes in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The WTDP National component serves diabetes programs outside of the Portland Area.
The goal of WTDP is to provide technical assistance to Northwest Tribes to develop a system for sustained data collection, reporting, and utilization. The goals of WTDP are designed to assist tribes in:
- Building a foundation to provide complete and accurate information about the care of patients with diabetes.
- Using an electronic diabetes register to make informed decisions about clinical diabetes care.
- Improving health outcomes.
- Reducing diabetes-related complications and preventing diabetes.
“To build a sustainable infrastructure for monitoring, tracking, and reporting diabetes data at the local level.”
The goal of Western Tribal Diabetes Project (WTDP) is to provide technical assistance to Northwest Tribes to develop a system for sustained data collection, reporting, and utilization. The objectives of WTDP are designed to assist the Tribes:
Build a foundation to provide complete and accurate information about patients with diabetes
Estimate the burden of disease and impact of diabetes by using an electronic diabetes register
Improve health outcomes by using an electronic diabetes register to make informed decisions about clinical diabetes care
Prevent diabetes in high-risk individuals.
WTDP has developed several tools to guide diabetes programs through a step-by-step approach for data improvement and health promotion. To learn more about WTDP, including our step-by-step approach and tools, please visit our Project Information Page.
Diabetes (also called diabetes mellitus) is a chronic disease usually characterized by very high levels of blood glucose (often called blood sugar). There are two major types of diabetes, now called type 1 and type 2. Although the two forms are different in many ways, the end result of both is high blood sugar and the long-term complications that result.
Over time, diabetes can damage nearly every tissue in the body and result in disastrous complications, including heart attacks, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and amputations of toes, feet, or legs. Because of the risk of these complications, patients who have diabetes should have regular check-ups. The IHS Standards of Care for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes describe recommended checks in detail.
Prediabetes is a related condition in which blood sugar levels are high, but not as high as in diabetes. In 2006, the IHS released standards of care for prediabetes, including screening guidelines. Another related condition, gestational diabetes, sometimes develops in women during pregnancy. Although gestational diabetes usually goes away after the baby is born, a woman who has had it has a higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. With modest weight loss and regular physical activity, people can delay or prevent the onset of diabetes.
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<li>Build a Foundation
This step involves establishing an active, accurate diabetes register. Activities in this step include developing a work plan, conducting medical chart reviews, and establishing a diabetes team.</li>
<li>Estimate the Burden of Disease from Diabetes
During this step the diabetes register is used to fully describe the impact of diabetes in the community. Activities include estimating the prevalence of diabetes, performing and reviewing the IHS Diabetes Audit, and estimating the incidence of complications.</li>
<li>Improve Health Outcomes
This step involves using the diabetes register to make informed decisions regarding prevention strategies and clinical case management. Activities including working to prevent complications in existing patients living with diabetes, improving clinical case management, and shaping program planning.</li>
At this step the goal is to prevent diabetes for high-risk individuals through primary prevention. This step initiates a new cycle of steps: building a foundation for prevention, estimating the burden risk for diabetes, and improving health outcomes.</li>