Kvigne was honored for her work with diabetes and wellness programs in Native American communities. She works with tribes in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa to help secure funds for diabetes programs and analyze and evaluate data related to the programs.

The award is named for Estellene Zephier, a long-time member of the South Dakota Diabetes Coalition remembered for her work with patients at the Wagner Indian Health Clinic. Zephier passed away in 2015.

Kvigne has worked at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine on Native American health and wellness issues since 2004.

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