OU Institute Announces 17th Native Diabetes Prevention Conference

The University of Oklahoma’s American Indian Institute (Aii) has announced its 17th annual Native Diabetes Prevention Conference will be held January 25-28, 2015, at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa in Mesa, Ariz. The ongoing theme of this conference is “Protecting the Generations: A Lifespan Approach to Preventing Diabetes.”

At the 2014 conference, 201 participants attended, with 48 American Indian, Alaska Native and Canadian First Nations communities and tribal organizations represented.

“With more than 60 years of experience as a nonprofit, Aii is excited to bring together tribal members and health professionals from across North America to help reduce the burden of type 2 diabetes in Native American communities,” said Chelsea Wesner, conference coordinator. “We are committed to fostering a vibrant learning community, and we strive to provide a high quality experience for all participants.”NDP-Logo-for-Website___

General sessions, workshops and wellness activities will focus on diabetes prevention programs, diabetes prevention research and wellness for diabetes prevention and self-management.

Aii is a department within OU Outreach, serving American Indian, Alaska Native and First Nation communities through training, technical assistance and professional development in the following focus areas:
• Health promotion and disease prevention
• Indian education
• Culture and language preservation
• Tribal leadership and human resource development
• Economic development

The 17th annual Diabetes Prevention Conference Training is held in conjunction with the Native Fitness Training, scheduled January 28-30. To register for these events and for more information about the American Indian Institute, visit the website at aii.ou.edu.