American Diabetes Association Applauds the Passage of Tennessee Senate Bill 1445

Alexandria, Virginia
April 7, 2014

The American Diabetes Association (Association) is thrilled to announce the passage of Tennessee Senate Bill 1445, the latest victory in the Association’s ongoing fight to keep children with diabetes medically safe at school. This bill was signed in to law by Governor Bill Haslam and allows school employees who volunteer to be trained to assist children with insulin administration.

The bill was sponsored State Senator Steven Dickerson (District 20). Dickerson serves as the 2nd vice chair of the Senate Education Committee and is a member of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. A similar bill was introduced in the House by State Representative Cameron Sexton (District 25), a member of the House Health Committee and Health Subcommittee. Representative Sexton and Senator Dickerson are dedicated leaders in keeping children with diabetes safe at school and were instrumental in the success of this legislation.

“The American Diabetes Association thanks Governor Haslam for his support of Senate Bill 1445. The passage of this legislation marks a major step forward in advancing the health and safety of all students with diabetes in Tennessee,” said Kristie Prichard Ryan, Executive Director, American Diabetes Association, Tennessee. “Insulin administration is critical to the daily lives of anyone living with diabetes.  Moving forward, no child will lack the support they need at school, and no parent will be left to worry if someone is available to assist their child.”

A number of devoted Association volunteers including Chris Kato, Nashville Advocacy Chair and Dan Moore, Knoxville Advocacy Chair were instrumental in advocating for Safe at School legislation in Tennessee. In addition, John Anderson, MD, Immediate Past President, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association and Daniel Moore, MD,  a pediatric endocrinologist and diabetes advocate,  helped build vital support in advancing the effort to ensure children living with diabetes in Tennessee have access to the care they need at school. 

An estimated 215,000 children are living with diabetes in the United States. These children have a disease that must be managed 24/7, including the many hours spent at school, on field trips and in extra-curricular activities. Every day, children with diabetes are put at serious risk if no one, including a school nurse, is present at school to help with daily diabetes care. The passage of Senate Bill 1445 will remove that risk by allowing school employees who volunteer to be trained in every school in Tennessee to assist with the insulin administration these children need and deserve to learn and be healthy.

To address barriers to diabetes care at school, the Association created its Safe at School campaign. Through this campaign, the Association is dedicated to making sure that all children with diabetes are medically safe at school and have the same educational opportunity as their peers.  

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)