Guess what? There's a lot happening in the Diabetes Online Community!

No surprise, right?

But we're proud to offer some tidbits on the details of successes in our community. Bravo, Friends!

→ First, the Diabetes Hands Foundation has opened up a call for grant proposals for this year's Big Blue Test! Details can be found here. In short, there are five $10,000 grants that will be given out to U.S.-based non-profits based on certain criteria, as well as two $25,000 grants to organizations outside the U.S. Applications are due by Sept. 14, 2012.

→ And yes, the Big Blue Test, that global "test-in" awareness campaign, is growing again in 2012. And Twitter is a huge part of that! You can use Twitter and the #bigbluetest and #BBT30 hashtags in general to tweet and re-tweet, and in posting blood glucose results you can use the #bgnow hashtag. We hear that the DHF will begin tallying #bgnow entries from around the world starting Oct. 15.

→ With that news comes additional announcements from the DHF... specifically that as of Aug. 13, the organization has hired on three amazing advocates to be a part of the DHF team:

  • Mike Lawson (our very own talented cartoonist who will also be taking on a more regular role as a Correspondent here at the 'Mine), has started at DHF as Head of User Experience for online programs. His focus will largely be on the Big Blue Test at first, and then he'll start working more closely with Diabetes Advocates and the DHF Seeds micro-grant program in the coming months.
  • Heather Gabel started as Administrative and Program Assistant. She has type 1 diabetes and is the brain behind Beta Connect, a UC Berkeley-based group for students with diabetes. She will be supporting all DHF programs by handling the crucial administrative stuff necessary to make it all possible.
  • Corinna Cornejo began as Development Manager. She'd taken on the role of administering the DHF Seeds program earlier this year and without her that program wouldn't have been possible. Now, she will be helping out on the fundraising front and managing grant applications for the Big Blue Test.

→ Also, Bill Woods, diabetes video funnyman and creator of 1HappyDiabetic, recently joined the Helmsley spin-off T1DExchange to act as Community Manager of the network.

Congrats to all these advocates on their awesome new jobs for the cause!

→ What's happening with the Diabetes Social Media Advocacy (DSMA)?

  • Cherise Shockley has some exciting news that her DSMA concept is being incorporated and will have a new name, with the acronym DCAF. Word is you will find details at the DSMA site later this week.
  • Live on the Air: You may remember that the Spanish-language BlogTalk Radio program DSMA en Vivo began on Tuesday evenings earlier this summer co-hosted by Beatriz Dominguez and Christina "Kiki" Rodríguez. Well, starting on Monday, Aug. 27, there will also be a new DSMA Parents Talk show co-hosted in the evenings by D-Dad Bennet Dunlap and D-Mom Lorraine Sisto! That new addition combined with the regular DSMA Live show on Thursdays and the Wednesday night Twitter chat, the DSMA experience can now be experienced four days of the week from different perspectives - wow!

→ On the Diabetes Advocates front (the advocacy collaborative of bloggers and community leaders), there's also some renewed focus going on within the ranks. We have almost 90 members and a new steering committee is being formed with the goal of fine-tuning the group's focus on specific advocacy issues. There's also been some email chatter recently about trying to organize a "D-Film Fest" for to promote some exciting new movies specific to diabetes, including:

* Blood and Honey - a documentary about life with diabetes in a variety of cultures. See our coverage of the making of this film here.

* Sugar Drop, part of a UK film triology known as Bitter/Sweet. This 20-minute horror film about a diabetic who calculates his insulin dosage incorrectly has stirred up quite some controversy!

* SUGAR BABIES - the documentary with big awareness and educational goals that we've introduced and promoted here at the 'Mine. Filmmaker and D-Mom Jenny MacKenzie has also created a series of exclusive video shorts about life with diabetes that air on our sister site, DiabeticConnect.

The actual D-Film Fest is all talk at this point and nothing's been coordinated, but if and when the DA group makes a move, we'll bring you the details asap. Promise!

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