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February 10, 2023


OKMULGEE, OK – The Muscogee Nation Department of Health awarded $450,000 in total to community centers throughout the Muscogee Nation Reservation to support efforts in promoting diabetes prevention activities and services. Each community center received $25,000 in funding.

The awarded community centers will play a role in addressing the high rates of diabetes among Native Americans, who are disproportionately affected by the disease. The funds will be used to provide a range of diabetes education and support services, including nutrition and physical activity classes.

At Twin Hills Indian Community Center, the funds will be used to purchase basketball goals for youth and young adults and implement activities such as sit-down volleyball for elders. “These funds will provide resources that are not available within our small community,” said Twin Hills Activities Coordinator Barbara O’Neal. “It will help our citizens maintain a healthy lifestyle, which can be passed down to the next generation.”

The activities supported by the grant align with MCN Health’s mission to improve the health and well-being of the communities it serves. “We are proud to support these community centers in their efforts to prevent and manage diabetes,” Secretary of Health Shawn Terry said. “By providing the resources necessary to live a healthy lifestyle, we can make a difference in the lives of our citizens and those affected by this disease.”

Community Centers that received funds include: Okmulgee, Twin Hills, Morris, Wilson, Glenpool, Bristow, Kellyville, Tulsa, Koweta, Yardeka, Dustin, Hanna, Eufaula, Checotah, Okemah, Cromwell, Holdenville, and Dewar.

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