Dr. Darryl Tonemah, partner in the Native Health Group and founder of the Oklahoma Intertribal Diabetes Coalition, was recently named to the American Diabetes Association Board of Directors, according to a Jan. 5, ADA press release.
An international educator and trainer for wellness and healthy living in the United States, Canada and Mexico, Tonemah will assist the board with “oversight of the association’s business affairs” and “work closely with the association’s volunteers and staff on activities and initiatives,” according to the press release.
Tonemah, who began volunteer work on the ADA’s Research Policy Committee last year, works to decrease “health disparities among the Native American population and increase access to health care” with the NHG, according to the press release, and serves as an Association of American Indian Physicians coalition affiliate. Tonemah has served on the governor’s task force on health disparities in Oklahoma and as a behavioral specialist for the southwest sites of the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study and the Look AHEAD study for the Southwest American Indian Center Sites in Gila River, Salt River, Phoenix, Arizona, as well as Shiprock and Zuni, N.M., states the press release.
In addition to his work on diabetes prevention within Native American communities, Tonemah is an accomplished musician and entertainer with five award-winning and critically acclaimed CDs — his most recent “Ink Blots and Random Thoughts” scored a nomination for a Native American Music Award and an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Award, reported Clarkson University in a media release prior to a Nov. 5, 2010, performance at the university. Part Kiowa, Comanche and Tuscarora, Tonemah creates a musical niche he calls “Native Americana,” fusing “the energy of rock, the intelligence of folk and the heart of country,” the CU news report states.