2011 Leadership in Data Use Award Recipient

We are excited to announce Jan Chacon, Diabetes Prevention Program Manager at the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley (IHC), as the recipient of the Urban Indian Health Institute’s 2011 Leadership in Data Use Award! As part of the effort to promote leadership and capacity building among urban American Indian and Alaska Native communities, the UIHI recognizes Jan and her exceptional contribution to the Diabetes Prevention Program through innovative use of health data. To recognize Jan’s outstanding contribution, the IHC Diabetes Prevention Program will receive a $500 cash award.

Jan has led the Diabetes Prevention Program at the IHC since 2007. She is responsible for the day-to-day implementation, leadership, and management of the activities of the Diabetes Prevention Program as well as the development, expansion and promotion of the program. By collecting and reporting health indicators and outcomes associated with diabetes, nutrition and exercise, Jan increased the exposure of the innovative work of the Diabetes Prevention Program. As a result, both partnership and funding opportunities have expanded.

In May 2010, the UIHI featured IHC’s award-winning Diabetes Prevention Program in its UIHO Spotlight article. In her nomination, a coworker shared, “[Jan’s] ability to show positive outcomes from the Diabetes Prevention Program through data collection and analyses has changed the entire community’s view from one of ‘no hope’ for preventing diabetes to one of ‘Hope.’ ”

The UIHI congratulates and thanks Jan for her hard work and outstanding use of data!

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