RST Diabetes Program becomes an AADE-accredited diabetes education program
Rosebud, SD RST Diabetes Program was recently named an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. This will allow residents in and around Rosebud Indian Reservation increased access to critical diabetes education services.
  Diabetes education as a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. It is provided by diabetes educators.
RST Diabetes Program located at 225 BIA 9, will be offering diabetes education classes at Rosebud Wellness Center on the first Wednesday of every month.
  "The newly accredited diabetes program will provide all newly diagnosed and existing diagnosed diabetes patients (type 2, gestational and pre-diabetes) with the tools necessary to make healthy choices and live a long healthy life with diabetes," said Connie Brushbreaker, RST Diabetes Program Director.
  "Trends show that diabetes education is moving out of the hospital and into the community, so AADE's accreditation program was created, in part, to encourage diabetes education where the patient is seeking care," said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, Program Director, Diabetes Education Accreditation Program. "RST Diabetes Program is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation program in 2009."




In October of 2010, the RST Diabetes Prevention program director, Connie Brushbreaker, was contacted and informed there was a interest in a partnership between Novo Nordisk and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with 89 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs approximately 32,700 employees in 75 countries, and markets its products in 190 countries.


After several phone calls, face-to-face meetings and approval from the Tribal Health Board, RST Resolution #2011-292 was adopted by the RST Tribal Council on September 22, 2011. This resolution called for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe to enter into an agreement with Novo Nordisk, Inc., for the enhancement of diabetes prevention, education, training, and wellness. A partnership with Novo Nordisk was formally established.


A Diabetes Health, Care and Education Assessment was conducted by the International Diabetes Center (IDC) on the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Reservation during the week of March 12th thru 15th, 2012. The assessment was conducted for the Native American Health Initiative Trust to provide recommendations for improving the state of diabetes prevention, care and education on the Rose-bud Sioux Tribe Reservation.


A special council was held on May 9, 2012 at the request of Novo Nordisk for the presentation of the report Analysis of Diabetes Health, Care and Education at Rosebud Sioux Tribe Reservation. Recommendations in this report, in no particular order, include the following:

  •  Establish A Diabetes Guidance Team

  • Build a Wellness Center

  • Develop and implement a multigenerational diabetes wellness campaign

  •  Implement a Diabetes Elder Mentor Program

  •  Establish a standardized diabetes self-management education program

  • Establish a diabetes wellness van program

  • Implement a systematic approach for Diabetes care

  •  Improve knowledge, skills and competency specific to diabetes education

  •  Provide expertise on economic models to create job growth and financial stability on the Rosebud Reservation

The RST Diabetes Prevention Program is looking forward to a future of improved diabetes care for the people of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and is grateful to the International Diabetes Center and Novo Nordisk for their commitment to better diabetes prevention and management for all.


As a result of our relationship with Novo Nordisk, there is a great possibility to expand the services of our Diabetes Prevention Program, including an expanded fitness center. We will keep you informed on future development.

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Rosebud Sioux Tribe Diabetes Prevention Program
225 N. BIA 9 Soldier Ck Rd,

Rosebud, South Dakota 57570

Phone: (605) 747-4600

To join Diabetes Prevention Program, It is required to have a fitness assessment completed. You can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes with a healthy lifestyle. Change your diet, exercise a bit more, and maintain a healthy weight, with these positive steps, you can reduce your risk of diabetes. 

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