The health promotion initiative was created in 2001 through the collaborative efforts of providers affiliated with the University of Minnesota and local leaders in the Saint Paul/Minneapolis American Indian community. It has been funded through a variety of internal and external grants.
FEDS engages low-income, urban-dwelling American Indians and their families in an active forum of education, fellowship, and support. Its mission is to improve the health and well-being of American Indian people through diabetes education, fellowship, and support that embraces and honors their heritage, values, and culture.
It was honored with a Ramsey County Public Health Award in 2017.