Diabetes Program

Our Vision

Improving the health and wellness of all community members, by working to reduce diabetes in the Meskwaki Community.

Our Mission

To eliminate diabetes as a major health concern among the Meskwaki Community by preventing diabetes and diminishing complications of diabetes through:

  • Physical activity opportunities
  • Nutrition education opportunities
  • High-quality diabetes care and education through a team concept which includes coordination of clinical, community, and educational services
  • Partnership within the community organizations and community members

What We Do

Our care includes the following:

  • Diabetes testing and basic care supplies for all diabetes patients
  • Diabetes shoes for patients with a prescription
  • Coordination and participation in program events, such as walk/runs
  • Podiatry Clinic available for all patients (three times a month)
  • Quarterly Diabetes Support Group meetings for all patients
  • Annual Fall Health (Acanthosis Nigricans) screening for all local Native American students
  • Acanthosis Nigricans test to see if there is a risk for diabetes
  • Annual Spring Health Fair for all community members
  • Annual Audit of diabetes patients

Diabetes Program Events

  • Take and Make Cooking demo on March 24 at 2 PM via the Meskwaki Wellness’s Facebook page. Jennifer and Health Educator Ashley Aylsworth be going “live” to showcase a quick and easy breakfast.
  • March 31 at noon the Diabetes Prevention Program will be playing Diabetes bingo virtual on zoom. (Contact Jennifer to obtain your bingo card.)

Healthy Recipe Contest

Recipe submission to Jennifer by email or drop-off at the clinic. Submission must include your name, current phone number and healthy recipe.  If possible, please include nutritional information (but not […]

Recent News

Our Program Staff

Jennifer Scales, RDN, LD


Health Clinic


Linda Winter Chaser, BS

Diabetes Coordinator

Health Clinic


Contact Information & Department Hours

Phone Number

(641) 484-9414

Fax Number

(641) 484-3798

Physical & Mailing Address

1646 305th Street
Tama, IA 52339

Contact the Meskwaki Nation

Get in touch with our main office if you have general questions or need assistance finding the correct department to contact.