Shoalwater Services

Nutrition & Diabetes Education

The vision of the nutrition and diabetes education departments is to see individuals of this community achieve wellness through promotion of healthy lifestyles while preserving culture, traditions, and values.


The nutrition and diabetes education departments strive to empower individuals in their health by providing education that takes into consideration their unique needs and experiences. The program especially focuses on providing culturally relevant education to American Indians and Alaska Natives.


  • Comprehensive diet and lifestyle assessment for referred patients
  • Personalized education and support
  • Nutrition lectures and food demonstrations with a focus on more traditional food choices
  • Individual and group food preparation education
  • Collaboration with other tribal programs to help bring healthy food choices at gatherings
  • Insulin instruction
  • Glucose meter instruction
  • Diabetes Self-management education
  • Diabetes foot care

Contact Us

Candace Gruginski, RN, NTP, CGE, CFCN (Diabetes Education Coordinator)
Phone: (360) 267-8146

Pam Drake, NTP (Nutritional Therapy Practitioner)
Phone: (360) 267-8205

Yílən ʔ ən

Yílən ʔ ən means “help someone or give help” in our native language and is pronounced “yee-lah uhn.”