Nine Achievements in Diabetes in 2009
Nine Ways the American Diabetes Association Worked to Stop Diabetes in ‘09
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In a year that will be remembered for swine flu and health care reform, the American Diabetes Association today released a year-in-review list on another topic that received major headlines in 2009: diabetes. The list focuses on achievements made in 2009 to stop diabetes.
“Nearly 24 million Americans have diabetes and the numbers are not expected to decrease any time soon,” commented Larry Hausner, CEO, American Diabetes Association.
“But even though the seriousness and scope of diabetes is daunting, the American Diabetes Association made many important strides in 2009 to help stem the tide of this deadly disease.”
Below are nine achievements in diabetes in 2009:
1) Reforming Health Care
The Association took a lead role to ensure that pending federal health care reform legislation meets the needs of people with, and at risk for, diabetes. The Association advocated to end discrimination faced by people with diabetes in the insurance market. It also worked to include wellness and prevention provisions within health reform. The Association’s grassroots health reform campaign included a microsite reaching 63,000 people and resulted in 28,000 people signing a petition calling for health reform.
2) Funding Diabetes Research
The Association supported 439 research awards at 164 leading research institutions in the United States. These research funds totaled $33.55 million to combat type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
3) Launching a Movement to Stop Diabetes
With the incidence of diabetes rising to epidemic proportions, the American Diabetes Association launched the most ambitious public awareness movement in its 70 year history. Stop Diabetes is the new rallying cry to convince the American public that the status quo will no longer work. The Association is mobilizing not only those with diabetes but also the general public, associations, corporations, volunteers, and the scientific and medical community.
4) Ending Employment Discrimination Based on Diabetes
Victories in the Association’s fight against employment discrimination included a District of Columbia federal jury that found the FBI had discriminated when it rejected Jeff Kapche from the job of Special Agent because he uses multiple injection therapy to manage his diabetes. Other victories included the State Department settling a case to allow a person with diabetes to work in the Foreign Service and the Coast Guard reversing course to allow a person with diabetes to be a ship captain.
5) Engaging Online
With nearly 1 in 4 Americans with diabetes or at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, diabetes.org was reorganized in November to better target audience members based on their interest in diabetes (prevention, management, complications, caring for a loved one, etc.). The revised web site provides an engaging community with customizable tools and support, in addition to the research-based information that always has brought people to diabetes.org.
6) Ensuring a Safe-at-School Experience
Due in part to the Association’s work, a new law in New Jersey ensures that capable students can self-manage their diabetes while at school and that school staff can be trained to administer glucagon when a child is experiencing severe hypoglycemia (low blood glucose levels). In North Carolina, a previously passed school care law for students with diabetes was strengthened to include reporting requirements and to fully encompass charter schools.
7) Reaching People in Communities
In June, the Association enhanced and expanded its family and youth outreach with its new Family Link, which connects families to empathetic guidance, peer support and tools to help care for a child with diabetes. More than $362,000 was awarded in camperships for children to attend American Diabetes Association camps – the largest provider of camps for children with diabetes in the world. The Association reached 900,000 African Americans through church and other community awareness campaigns. American Indian and Alaskan Native diabetes programs were recognized for their effective services with the first Voices for Change Award.
8) Putting Research into Practice
The world’s largest diabetes meeting - the Association’s 69th Annual Scientific Sessions - brought together 16,300 scientists, health care professionals and other members of the diabetes community to discuss the latest diabetes research. The scientific findings from this annual conference are put into practice at more than 2,050 Association-certified Education Recognition Programs at more than 3,250 sites nationwide.
9) Walking and Riding to Stop Diabetes
Two signature campaigns by the American Diabetes Association raised money to fund its research, information and advocacy efforts. Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes events took place in 165 locations with more than 120,000 participants. Tour de Cure featured 80 Tours with more than 43,000 participants. The events are forecasted to raise more than $33.5 million.
“Funding new research, educating the public and advocating for change are essential to stopping this epidemic. This new year will bring many challenges to the war on diabetes but with a concerted effort, we can stop this disease,” said Hausner.
To join the fight to stop diabetes, visit stopdiabetes.com or call 1-800-DIABETES.
View the complete list of American Diabetes Association accomplishments here.
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.
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