(Rapid City, SD) – The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (GPTCHB) received a two-year Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs grant through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living.
The Great Plains Tribal Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Program targets individuals residing within the tribal communities of South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. The program aims to increase the number of adults over 60 and adults with disabilities participating in evidence-based self-management education that empowers the individuals to better manage their chronic conditions.
In order to achieve these goals, Better Choices, Better Health Chronic Disease Self-Management trained lay leaders will be placed in participating Great Plains tribal communities. Modeled after Stanford University’s chronic disease self-management program, Better Choices, Better Health helps participants manage their symptoms, communicate effectively with loved ones and physicians, and improve overall sense of well-being.
“The Great Plains Tribal Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Program will be an asset to tribal members facing the day-to-day challenges of managing chronic illnesses,” said Richard Mousseau, GPTCHB Prevention Programs Director. “By helping to ensure that more people have access to the resources and skills they need, we can help empower our tribal members to feel their very best every day.”
Founded in 1986, GPTCHB conducts health research, disease prevention, community outreach, recovery support, and technical assistance alongside the 17 tribes and one Indian Service Area in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. The non-profit organization also serves as an advocate to federal agencies, state and local partners, and academic institutions on behalf of its member tribes.