Mohawk diabetes center draws $129K grant from USDA
Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 6:20 am

HOGANSBURG – The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe will get a $129,000 grant to build a diabetes center.

This is the second phase of USDA Rural Development funding for the center. Last year, allotted $206,900 for the facility.

Five years ago the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council made it a priority to address the Akwesasne community’s issue with diabetes health. Over 13% of their population has either Type I or Type II diabetes

The Tribal Council developed a formal program for diabetes education and care. his included basic medical care, healthy living education, physical fitness, and preventive care education.

The Saint Regis Mohawk Diabetes Center of Excellence is a large part of this program where diabetes care and education can be taught to all individuals in a modern, efficient facility. The building will include education rooms, offices, a conference room, treatment rooms, dietician’s area, training kitchen, training gardens, locker rooms, and exercise areas.

The center is a $3,068,900 project that has very strong community support, backed by the tribe’s commitment of $1,026,300, $1,000,000 from the Akwesasne Housing Authority, a Department of Energy contribution of $106,000, HUD $600,000, and USDA RD’s contribution of $336,600. Construction will begin in the spring.