Tłįchǫ Diabetes Research Project:

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Released: 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

This research focuses on the creation of an evidence-based plan for a comprehensive diabetes program tailored to meet the needs of each Tłįchǫ community as well as building a foundation of knowledge about diabetes self-care, prevention and treatment with Community Health Workers and any other community members  who may choose to participate. Separate but related to this process is the development of a curriculum to train two people from each community to become certified community diabetes educators (CDEs). It will be the responsibility of these people to implement community-based programs and interventions that will arise from the survey. The curriculum will be designed to meet national standards while fitting into a Tłįchǫ community wellness framework.

Diabetes has been identified by the Healing Wind Advisory Committee and other Tłįchǫ leaders as a priority for community capacity-building. There is a need for Tłįchǫ people, CHRs, CART, Healing Wind members, Home Care workers and others to become familiar with all issues related to prevention, self-care and treatment of diabetes within the communities. In August 2014, the Healing Wind Advisory Committee (HWAC) recommended a process of community-wide surveys to collect information about levels of knowledge and most effective ways for teaching/learning about diabetes for community members. This community-based model has worked well with sexual health and the Tłįchǫ advisors believe that starting with the community attitudes and information will again lead to a successful community-led program to address diabetes.  Healing Wind has developed a Tlicho framework for community wellness and the diabetes program will be governed by the principles illustrated in the framework. Healing Wind and CART have also developed specific themes and content to guide development of survey questions.

This program includes several phases including:1) Develop a survey that gathers relevant information in a culturally appropriate manner 2) Train teams of community-based researchers (CBRs) in general knowledge about diabetes and in survey methods 3) Conduct the survey in all 4 Tlicho communities 4) Data entry training and input; Validation, Analysis 5) Based on the data analysis, develop an action plan with HWAC, CART, and CBRs

Principal Investigator: Leslie Dawson, University of Alberta

TRTI File Contact: Anita Daniels