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Crow Creek Sioux Tribe diabetes prevention seminar held at BHSU

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Staff from the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Diabetes Prevention Program attended an educational training seminar on the campus of Black Hills State University last month, funded through the American Indian Health Research Program (AIHRP) at BHSU in collaboration with the Sanford Medical School Research Program. AIHRP faculty for the training was: standing, left to right; Paul Young, research analyst with the AIHRP; Mike Ryan, community health educator with Indian Health Services at Lower Brule; Dr. Victoria Grey Owl, researcher with the AIHRP; Dr. Rob Schurrer, professor of physical education and health in the College of Education; and Dr. Mary Rogers, researcher with the AIHRP. Crow Creek staff include: seated, left to right; Corby Shoots the Enemy, Teresa Spears, Marylou Boyzo, and Wanda Wells-Crowe, diabetes prevention program director. Not pictured are Russ Price, diabetes prevention specialist and exercise physiologist with the Diabetes Prevention Program at Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City; and Tony Price, exercise specialist with the Okiciyapi Wellness Center at Sioux San hospital in Rapid City, who were the guest presenters at the training session.

Staff from the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Diabetes Prevention Program attended an educational training seminar on the campus of Black Hills State University last month.

The training was part of a six-month pilot project, funded under the National Institutes of Health Project Export II Center for Health Research with Tribes in South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming.  This project was part of a $2 million project funded through the American Indian Health Research Program (AIHRP) at BHSU in collaboration with the Sanford Medical School Research Program.       

The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Diabetes Prevention Program serves over 240 diabetics, with three small wellness centers across the reservation. The purpose of the pilot project is to study the impact that staff education has on wellness center use on the Crow Creek Reservation and its impact on diabetic health of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe. Topics covered during the training sessions were: nutrition, exercise physiology, interpersonal consultation skills, diabetes education, and exercise prescription.

AIHRP faculty for this project were: Dr. Rob Schurrer, professor of physical education and health in the College of Education at BHSU; Paul Young, research analyst with the AIHRP; Dr. Victoria Grey Owl, researcher with the AIHRP; and Dr. Mary Rogers, researcher with the AIHRP.

Schurrer noted that he’s excited to be working with several BHSU graduates in the program. “This is an excellent opportunity for BHSU to work with the tribes and also our alumni who are working every day to fight diabetes in the American Indian community,” commented Schurrer.

Alumni and guest presenters at the training seminar were: Russ Price, diabetes prevention specialist and exercise physiologist with the Diabetes Prevention Program at Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City (BHSU alumnus, wellness major); Tony Price, exercise specialist with the Okiciyapi Wellness Center at Sioux San hospital in Rapid City (BHSU alumnus, human services major); and Mike Ryan, community health educator with Indian Health Services at Lower Brule (BHSU alumnus, wellness major). Ryan is a former Spirit of BH award winner and was an All-American track athlete at BHSU.

Wanda Wells-Crowe, diabetes prevention program director, and several of her staff, participated in the three-day training sessions. Other staff members attending the educational seminar were; Corby Shoots the Enemy, Teresa Spears, and MaryLou Boyzo.

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