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American Indian and Alaska Natives youth and adults experience higher rates of type 2 diabetes and mental health problems than the general United States population. Few studies have explored the relationship other than detail the two issues independently. The present review aims to identify programs that seek to prevent/treat type 2 diabetes and mental health disorders in the American Indian and Alaska Native population. Available programs were reviewed for AI/AN adults and youth who suffer with both. As part of the review process, databases were searched for peer reviewed published studies. It was found that very few programs effectively incorporate mental health into the existing diabetes program. Four recommendations for future research are offered based on this literature review.

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Whitegoat, Wynette; Vu, Jeremy; Thompson, Kellie; and Gallagher, Jennifer (2017) "Mental Health in Diabetes Prevention and Intervention Programs in American Indian/Alaska Native Communities," Journal on Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility in America: Vol. 1 : Iss. 1 , Article 4. DOI:


American Indian, Alaska Native, Native American, Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity, Mental Health, Stress 2