Jan 09, 2020

A Gestational Diabetes Risk Reduction and Preconception Counseling Program for American Indian and Alaska Native Girls – Stopping GDM

February 19, 2020

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women are disproportionally affected by adolescent obesity, adolescent pregnancy, and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). GDM in turn increases the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes in mothers and their offspring. There is a great need for early preconception counseling and GDM risk reduction interventions prior to pregnancy to reduce incidence of GDM in AI/AN girls and young women.

The Stopping GDM interdisciplinary program is a theory and evidence-based education and preconception counseling intervention developed specifically for AI/AN girls and their adult female caregivers. Please join as we hear from the co-principal investigators of the Stopping GDM program as they share background, preliminary findings from a multi-site randomized controlled trial, and discuss ways you can participate in disseminating Stopping GDM to the priority audience.

This is part of the Native American Nursing Learning Collaborative, a series of webinars open to all: co-hosted by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, AARP, and the National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association.


  • Kelly Moore, MD, FAAP, associate professor, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Denise Charron-Prochownik, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, Schools of Nursing and Public Health Chair, School of Nursing University of Pittsburgh

Participants will learn about: 

  • The need for gestational diabetes risk reduction and preconception counseling for at-risk AI/AN adolescent girls.
  • The Stopping GDM program.
  • Key preliminary findings from the Stopping GDM randomized controlled trial.
  • Key avenues for participation in the Stopping GDM program.