The goal of the Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative is to reduce type 2 diabetes among Indigenous people by supporting health promotion and primary prevention activities and services delivered by trained community diabetes workers and health service providers.
Mawiw administers the Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative for its member communities. Mawiw’s ADI program supports community-based health promotion and primary prevention activities that focus on diabetes prevention as well as diabetes self-management education for those living with diabetes and pre-diabetes. The program partners with government and non-government agencies to enhance services in the communities.
Primary Prevention, Screening and Treatment
Mawiw delivers a range of primary prevention, screening, and treatment programs in partnership with its member communities with an enhanced focus on:
- Initiatives for children, youth, parents, and families
- Diabetes in pre-pregnancy and pregnancy
- Community-led food security planning to improve access to healthy foods, including traditional and market foods
- Enhanced training for health professionals on clinical practice guidelines and chronic disease management strategies.
- Offering educational programming and events (both in-person and virtual), like: diabetes prevention and self-management, food security, healthy eating, and physical activity.
- Developing education resources
- Commemorating Diabetes Month and Nutrition Month
- Providing community staff with education and support
- Supporting food security initiatives in Mawiw communities
- Networking with professionals in the field
ADI programs are also delivered in the communities based on priorities expressed by each community.
Youth Healthy Lifestyle Education
Mawiw’s ADI program also provides youth healthy lifestyle education throughout the year in each community. Youth-focused activities can include: classroom education, diabetes month and nutrition month challenges, cooking activities, booth displays, and community garden education and planting.