Advocacy Accomplishments – 2018 Highlights

Bending the Curve

  • Increased funding for National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases by over $159 million, for the Division of Diabetes Translation by $8 million and for the National Diabetes Prevention Program by $2.8 million in federal Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019.
  • Achieved $600 million reauthorization of the Special Diabetes Program, which supports critical research toward better treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes and essential prevention and management programs for American Indians through Fiscal Year 2019.
  • Participated in hundreds of meetings, briefings; events; and other actions in support of our legislative and regulatory priorities which led to a record setting 80 legislative and regulatory wins in states across the country.
    • Added two states to the 27 states already requiring diabetes action plans that assess the burden of diabetes and prioritize policy recommendations to reduce the burden of diabetes.
    • Achieved 30 state level wins that advance prevention policies including school-based policies, community-based policies, and budget allocations that increase state investment in prevention programs.
  • Mobilized Diabetes Advocates through our Congress at Home initiative to host nearly 60 in-district meetings across the country with Congressional members and their staff.  Over 80% of the meetings were with targeted key congressional member offices - those with direct influence and jurisdiction over ADA federal policy priorities and asks.
  • Convened nearly 200 people living with and affected by diabetes, health care professionals, researchers, and 17 current and former professional football players at Call to Congress - to advocate on Capitol Hill in DC for increased federal funding for diabetes research, affordable insulin and health care access and coverage, and more.
  • Helping Patients & Their Families Thrive

    Being Great Business Stewards

      • Identified synergies between GA&A advocacy goals and priorities with other organization initiatives to drive new opportunities for fundraising and financial support.
      • Designed a broad fundraising strategy to support Call to Congress, ADAs premier advocacy engagement campaign, including building an entirely new Do It Yourself (DIY) fundraising platform to engage advocates in supporting ADAs Call to Congress initiative and advocacy work as a whole.
      • Last Reviewed: February 28, 2017
      • Last Edited: March 26, 2019

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