Hopefully you saw our big annual roundup of what the top national diabetes advocacy organizations believe they accomplished in the past year (2014) and what they plan to focus on for 2015.
Breaking news: we’ve just heard from two more influential nonprofit organizations that also wanted to share their milestones and goals with the diabetes community.
As a reminder, each year we ask: Did these orgs live up to their own expectations over the past year? And what do they envision for continuing to help the D-community in this new year?
International Diabetes Federation (IDF)
To coincide with the World Diabetes Day 2014 theme of healthy eating and diabetes prevention and management, IDF called on G20 countries (the major world economies) to implement national diabetes prevention plans and introduce policies to reduce sugar, salt and fat intake. Each G20 Minister of Finance received a call to action card with diabetes stats relevant to their economies. IDF estimates that countries investing in tackling type 2 risk factors by adopting national diabetes plans and introducing nutrition policies could save up to 11% of healthcare expenditure per year.
Earlier in 2014, IDF and partners officially launched the Kids and Diabetes in School (KiDS) projectin Canada, Brazil and India. KiDS is a school-based intervention that aims to counteract diabetes related discrimination and foster a supportive learning environment. 15 public and private schools in both Brazil and India have already received training sessions and early results are encouraging. The information pack has been widely translated and is currently available in eight languages, with many more on the way.
IDF was actively involved in the efforts to achieve concrete outcomes from the United Nations Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Review which took place in New York in July. The review took stock of the progress made since Heads of State and Government adopted the UN Political Declaration on NCDs in 2011 and committed themselves to develop national plans to prevent and control NCDs. It resulted in the adoption of a concise, action-orientated outcome document, that contains a number of clear commitments for accelerating action on diabetes and NCDs. Moving forward, our focus will be on how NCDs can be prioritized in the post-2015 development agenda.
We also launched the Diabetes Aware Cities project which will engage different stakeholders in city life to help prevent type 2 diabetes and to encourage healthy lifestyles generally.
IDF estimates that over 70% of type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented or delayed by adopting healthier lifestyles. This is equivalent to 150 million new diabetes cases by 2035. In 2015 prevention criteria for cities will be further defined.
This year, IDF will bring the World Diabetes Congress (WDC) to Vancouver. Experts in diabetes care and healthcare policy from around the world will exchange diabetes research and good practice.
The WDC scientific program will be made up of 220 hours of sessions split into 6 streams. With talks from around 350 speakers and over 1,000 research posters being presented, the World Diabetes Congress is a great learning experience. Registration is now open.
The coming year will also see IDF undergo a substantial revamp of its online presence, strengthening its position as the authoritative, global advocate for people with diabetes and their caregiving network.
College Diabetes Network (CDN)
Student Advisory Committee Retreat – We created a Student Advisory Committee
(SAC) in 2013 to serve as the voice of the student population and to help the CDN team to identify key areas of student and chapter programming. To celebrate the creation and success of this committee, in May 2014 we welcomed a select group of student leaders to join us at the first annual retreat in Maine. This three-day retreat was an intensive workshop was focused on chapter programming, support, fundraising, and future growth. This was the first time CDN student leaders from across the country had the opportunity to meet in person to discuss their experiences and best practices with one another, and to work with CDN staff to put their ideas and suggestions into practice.
Chapter Portal – We saw unprecedented growth in our network, up to about 70 CDN chapters on campuses across the country (not including the several hundred campuses we’re in contact with). In order to provide chapters with the support and infrastructure we have to offer, we’ve launched an online chapter portal that will help to streamline management of chapters and allow our chapter leaders to more easily communicate with members.
CDN Website – We re-launched our website with brand new content, design, and media. The site now features over 70 resources; more information and advice than ever before; and several videos with advice and insight from our students on life with diabetes in college. While the site is built primarily for students, we made sure to include a special place for parents, clinical providers, campus staff, as well as friends and roommates.
Individual Membership Program – Our newly launched individual membership program allows friends, family, and everyone else surrounding college students with diabetes to support CDN. Membership to students, of course, will always be free and includes perks such as internship and job opportunities, and first access to exclusive offers from our corporate members.
New Board Members – We’re really excited to have recently gained new board members including Susan Solomon, co-founder and CEO of the New York Stem Cell Foundation; Kevin Conley, President of Conley Search and past Chair of the Joslin Diabetes Center Board of Directors for 10 years; and Michael Weintraub, Co-Founder and CEO of Humedica and now head of data analytics for Optum.
Off to College Events and Hosting Guide – CDN has identified local Off to College/Transition events as being a key point of contact for the young adult population with diabetes and their families, particularly as they begin to think about and prepare for college, and the independence that comes with it. However, not enough of these events exist, and there are many barriers to hosting successful events. We are launching a project to address these barriers, by compiling a step-by-step guide of best practices for clinics and other organizations to host successful transition, or “Off to College”, events, and make these materials available to event attendees. This project has been made possible by the generous support of the Lilly Grant Office. Materials will be available in Spring of 2015. Anyone interested in receiving a “Hosting Kit” can contact CDN here.
Student Advisory Committee Retreat – We will be hosting our second annual retreat in May. Like last year, this retreat will help to inform our programming decisions and keep our organization completely student-driven.
Partnerships and Collaborations – Through community connections we’ve been able to offer some really great opportunities to our students, and 2015 should bring many more. New benefits and opportunities FREE to our student members include internships and job postings, giveaways, research opportunities, and exclusive benefits through corporate partners.
Good stuff, All — thank you!
And Dear Readers: don’t forget to check out our original milestones post from last Wednesday including AADE, ADA, CWD, DHF, DRI, JDRF, TCOYD, and T1D ExChange (our kind of alphabet soup )