Senator Pete Domenici Receives American Diabetes Association's Distinguished Service Award

St. Louis,
November 19, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


— Senator Domenici Presented with Public Policy Leadership Award —

St. Louis, MO (November 19, 2007) – The American Diabetes Association (ADA), the nation’s leading voluntary health organization in the fight against diabetes, announced today that Senator Pete V. Domenici (R-NM) received
the Association's prestigious Public Policy Leadership Awardat the organization’s Community Volunteer Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting on Nov. 17, in St. Louis, Missouri. 

The Public Policy Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact through public policy to improve the lives of people with diabetes and further the goals of the American Diabetes Association.

"On behalf of the American Diabetes Association, we are delighted to present this prestigious award to Senator Domenici," commented John Buse, MD, PhD, President, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association.  “His contributions to the diabetes community and dedication to diabetes awareness directly support ADA's mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people living with diabetes."

Domenici is the longest-serving senator in New Mexico's history, having served in the U.S. Senate continuously since 1973. Currently in his 6th six-year term, he cast his 13,000th vote on Sept. 7, 2006, joining only seven other senators who have accomplished the same.

Over the past 10 years, Domenici has proven to be a true champion of those affected by diabetes. As a leader on the Senate Budget Committee and a member of the Indian Affairs Committee, he has focused on addressing and finding solutions to the high rate of diabetes among American Indians. In 1997, he created the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) which provides grants to tribal and urban Indian programs in 35 states to establish or enhance diabetes prevention and treatment programs. Domenici's continued dedication to the program led to several subsequent reauthorizations as well as a significant increase in funding -- from $30 million to $150 million annually. Recent government studies have demonstrated that the program's prevention efforts, including increased physical activity program in schools, wellness programs, and increased nutrition education, contributed to significant increases in the availability of diabetes prevention and treatment services and care for the targeted populations.

Domenici once again came through for diabetes this year, when he sponsored Senate Bill 1494, the reauthorization of both the SDPI and the Special Statutory Funding Program for Type 1 Diabetes Research, and made it a bipartisan effort as he believed it was imperative that fellow senators publicly take a stand on the issue. In addition to spearheading the reauthorization effort, he took a leadership role on legislation to mandate comprehensive diabetes benefits in the Medicaid program, Senate Bill 755.

Domenici received a law degree from the University of Denver and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of New Mexico.

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood sugar to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy.  Nearly 21 million children and adults have diabetes.  At least 54 million have pre-diabetes.  Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death by disease in the United States and it has no cure.


About the ADA
The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s premier voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy.  Founded in 1940, the Association has offices in every region of the country, providing services to hundreds of communities.  The Association’s commitment to research is reflected through its scientific meetings; education and provider recognition programs; and its Research Foundation and Nationwide Research Program, which fund breakthrough studies looking into the cure, prevention, and treatment of diabetes and its complications.  For more information, visit diabetes.org or call 800-DIABETES (800-342-2383).


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 (800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.