$3.9 Million for Diabetes Research to IHS, Announces O’Halleran

February 19, 2021
Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) announced that $3,935,531 in funding for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) was awarded to the Indian Health Service (IHS) in Window Rock, AZ to fund diabetes treatment and prevention.

The nearly $4 million award was secured under H.R. 133, comprehensive legislation passed in December 2020, to address the public health and economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic and to fund the government through September 30, 2021.

“Across Indian Country, tribal communities are more than twice as likely to see diabetes diagnoses among adults,” O’Halleran said. “Since the passage of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians, the rate of diabetes has measurably declined. Now, as we battle a global pandemic that has hit tribal communities disproportionately hard, we must prioritize investments in these programs like SDPI that have proven success and improve baseline community health.”

According to federal data, following the passage of the SDPI in 1997, diabetes rates among American Indians and Alaska Natives have declined by 54 percent. Learn more HERE.

In both the 115th and 116th Congresses, O’Halleran was the original sponsor of legislation to reauthorize and increase funding for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians.