Diabetes Support Needed in Navajo Nation
Navajo Nation covers nearly 27,000 square miles in the southwest portion of the United States. The tribal land extends through portions of Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. Larger than 10 of the 50 states, nearly 60% of all ethnic Navajos reside within the territory. (Source.)
Unfortunately, approximately 22% of these people are living with diabetes. Other chronic conditions like hypertension and cardiovascular disease also affect a substantial portion of the population. The health and well-being of tribal members has become a serious concern.
To combat the issue of increasing diabetes diagnoses, programs have been established to educate youth about health and diabetes. Coupled with reintroducing locally grown and gathered foods, these efforts aim to reduce and prevent new cases of chronic diseases among the Navajo people.
Although the community has made great strides towards improving their overall health, the geographic isolation and high unemployment rate continue to present significant barriers for the people. With 44% of Navajos over age 25 living below the poverty line, the close monitoring and regular medication required to control the effects of diabetes are much too costly for individuals to maintain. (Source.)
Because so many are in need of appropriate health care, Partners in Health has joined forces with Navajo Nation Community Health Representatives (CHR). Together these organizations will provide access to critical resources to help patients keep their disease under control, while also coaching them on diabetes management.
In order to accomplish this, these groups need your help.
Through GreaterGood’s Gift That Gives More™ program, you can support their efforts. Currently, the organizations are in need of funding for supplies like blood glucose strips. With this smart, effective method of donating, 100% of your contribution will go directly towards this cause. Click here to help improve the overall health of high-risk patients with diabetes living within the Navajo Nation.