Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project

The Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project (KSDPP) received a seed grant from Alberta ACADRE Network to support research around their training program for community based diabetes prevention programs. KSDPP is a community based participatory research project whose goal is to prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes among future generations through the promotion of healthy eating habits and increased daily physical activity among school children. The seed grant supported the curriculum development and evaluation of the KSDPP Training Program in Diabetes Prevention that successfully provides skills and knowledge to community health workers to enable them to establish diabetes prevention programs in their own Aboriginal communities.

Full community participation and the adaptability of the KSDPP model to the culture of the different communities are key aspects that have been included in the revision of the Training Program. The main outcome included a revised KSDPP Training Program in Diabetes Prevention curriculum as well as additional information on Training Program organizational needs in areas of human resource (trainers, office staff, photocopying (and other office costs), and promotion (advertisement, reporting). The revised KSDPP Training Program has been adapted to meet the needs of a specific Aboriginal community for training in the community in June 2004 and serves as a national example for community based research ethical codes, program development and diabetes prevention strategies.

ACADRE Funding Completed 2003