Issues Related to the Health of American Indians and Alaska NativesThe Dynamic Interplay Between Low Socioeconomic Status and Diabetes for Urban American IndiansMohammed, Selina A. PhD, MPH, RNAuthor Information Nursing Program, University of Washington Bothell, Bothell, Washington. This project was funded by the National Research Service Award Fellowship F31 NR07841-01 from the National Institute of Nursing Research. Preparation of this paper was supported in part by the Research Supplement 5U01HL087322-05 from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. The author thanks the participants who contributed to this project by sharing their insights and wisdom. Correspondence: Selina A. Mohammed, PhD, MPH, RN, Nursing Program, University of Washington Bothell, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Family & Community Health: July/September 2011 - Volume 34 - Issue 3 - p 211-220 doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e31821961e3 Buy Metrics Abstract Socioeconomic status is a pervasive predictor of health and has a gradient effect on many diseases, such as diabetes. American Indians and Alaska Natives nationwide live in some of the most difficult socioeconomic conditions and have a higher prevalence of diabetes than any other major racial/ethnic group in the United States. This article contextualizes the nature of socioeconomic status in diabetes, diabetes management, and urban American Indians' lives by using a case study. Underscoring the economic dimensions in this manner can illuminate the complexities of life for urban American Indians with diabetes and guide diabetes initiatives for this population. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.