People in Connecticut are increasingly feeling the effects of diabetes as 294,000 Connecticut residents suffer from this disease, and many others may have diabetes and not know it! It is estimated that one out of every three people born after 2000 in the United States will be directly affected by diabetes, and every 17 seconds another person is diagnosed.
That is why the American Diabetes Association's Hartford office is so committed to educating the public about how to stop diabetes and support those living with the disease.
We are here to help.
The American Diabetes Association's New England office provides great local programs for people living with diabetes, their friends and family. For information about these programs, please contact Al Whitaker at 617-482-4580 ext. 3469 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Putnam at ext. 3482 or email@example.com.
Safe at School
This is an initiative that provides training to school nurses and non-medical personnel in the management and care of students living with type 1 diabetes. The initiative addresses such things as 504 plans, issues of safety and fairness for children with diabetes, and protecting the rights of children with diabetes in schools.
Youth Leader Program
This program is designed for teens affected by diabetes, ages 14 to 19. We provide youth with the necessary tools and skill sets to enhance their public speaking abilities, learn innovative ways to influence lawmakers on issues of importance to the diabetes community, and offer current information regarding diabetes management and care. The program also provides a safe environment that fosters and allows youth to share their experiences living with diabetes with their peers.
The Family Link program advocates and provides educational programming for children and then parents of children who have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The New England area office offers programs such as Camp Carefree, Winter Weekend and countless social events that provide oppotunities to learn about diabetes management and meet other families whose lives have been affected by diabetes.
High Risk Populations and Senior Signature Series
The American Diabetes Association is the leading authoritative source of information for people with diabetes and their families. Through a variety of activities focused on reaching the diagnosed and those at high risk for diabetes, such as the elderly, Latino/Hispanic, Asian, African American and American Indian populations, the Assocation works to achieve its mission. Many workshops are included in these programs such as:
- Diabetes 101
- Healthy Eating and Nutrition
- Physical Activity
- Complications - Nerve and Kidney Disease
- Diabetes and Depression
Volunteer With Us
Your involvement as an American Diabetes Association volunteer—whether on a local or national level—will help improve lives of everyone impacted by diabetes, maybe even someone close to you. There are many ways for you to get involved—a little time can have a big impact.