Project Term: 24 months; Ended 2019
Grant Amount: $75,000
Salish Kootenai College staff taught CSKT members about diabetes prevention during community events and increased the college’s capacity to teach students about chronic disease prevention. As part of the project, the college strengthened its relationship with the CSKT Tribal Health Department. For example, during the Women 4 Women Wellness Health Fair, college staff screened 77 women for diabetes, and they referred the 21% who screened positive to the CSKT Tribal Health Department for a follow-up. The college also used its grant funds to help promote its new Health Promotion Practices Program. This program trains students in chronic disease management and health promotion and will help build a pipeline of community health professionals in the tribe. Since the program started in 2019, eight students have enrolled and will graduate with an associate’s degree.