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What Is Patient Advocacy?


Patient advocates use facts, the media, their relationships, and messaging to influence public policy, budgets, regulations, and laws regarding changes they want to bring for themselves and caregivers. They make their voices heard with the public and government officials. Historically, the medical care system placed physicians in a position of authority with patients playing a […]

Dana Pazirer and Dana Ball

[Ever wonder about the origins of T1D Exchange and Glu? Starting in April, our friends at diaTribe published a series on Dana Ball, Executive Director of T1D Exchange and CEO of the nonprofit Unitio, and David Panzirer of the Helmsley Charitable Trust, the founding sponsor of T1D Exchange. Part 5 is below, along with the […]

JDRF Childrens Congress 2013

July 13-15, 2015, will mark the ninth biennial, JDRF Children’s Congress. Held in Washington, DC, JDRF’s highest profile advocacy event brings more than 150 children aged 4 to 17 with type 1 diabetes (T1D) from across the country to meet with Members of Congress, interact with T1D celebrity role models, attend a Congressional Hearing and […]

Markey2014CGM NEW

On Tuesday, October 28th, JDRF advocates met with Massachusetts State Senator Ed Markey’s Health Aide, Kayla Scire, to ask the Senator to support Bill S. 2689, which would ensure those with Medicare have access to life-saving CGM technologies. Representatives Tom Reed (R-NY), Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Ed Whitfield (R-KY), have introduced the “Medicare CGM Access […]

Diabetes around the Globe

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The International Diabetes Federation (IDF), founded in 1950, is a member-based organization made up of more than 200 associations from around the world, which are divided in to seven regions. The United States has two members (American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators) and is in the North American and Caribbean region.  […]