Seva's IHS-recognized Diabetes Talking Circles provide a unique solution — one that creates a synergy between modern medicine and traditional forms of healing.
With Seva's support, the Diabetes Talking Circles program was launched in 1996. It is a highly effective training that helps Native people develop self-managed strategies for diabetes prevention and treatment, and is designed to honor Native spiritual beliefs and uses traditional ceremonies such as Talking Circles as the basis for a relevant educational experience.
The program has become a nationally accepted for its effectiveness, and the US Indian Health Service Agency (IHS) has proven the Diabetes Talking Circles to be a successful model for diabetes prevention. In 2006, the IHS adopted the talking Circles model as a "Best Practice," helping to bring this important work to tribes throughout the United States. Over 700 Talking Circle facilitators have been trained at tribal sites across the country, reaching more than 100 tribal sites to date. The information on the Diabetes Talk Circles is available for the public to utilize.
How to Bring Our Wellness Program to Your Community The Diabetes Talking Circle is a project that anyone can take on in order to further their community’s knowledge of diabetes prevention methods. In our Toolkit is a list of all the materials that you’ll need in order to host your own Diabetes Talking Circle in your community. Find out more information