2015: it was a great year at the American Diabetes Association.
When I look back over all that occurred in the last 12 months at the Association, I beam with pride.
2015 was a year of legislative victories.
We secured 10 wins on state health disparity bills, including passage of healthy food financing laws in three states.
Fifteen states have changed laws or statewide policies to meet all three of our major Safe at School tenets. This means that even more children will be able to participate fully in their school activities without discrimination. And thanks to our advocacy team, we increased the number of diabetes health care professionals willing to work to end discrimination by more than 350%.
2015 was a year of community building.
This year, 6,000 campers, children with diabetes, attended 58 sessions of our camps – and increased their self-confidence, diabetes knowledge and management while enjoying traditional camp activities.
More than 80,000 walkers participated in our Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes in 95 cities nationwide, raising awareness and $15 million so far with more coming in to fund research and educational programming for those living with diabetes.
2015 was a year of new initiatives.
In collaboration with Merck, we launched America’s Diabetes Challenge, which encourages people with type 2 diabetes to get to their A1C goal.
We began Screen at 23 a campaign aimed at providers and policy makers encouraging them to promote screening Asian-Americans at a lower BMI for diabetes.
We hosted “Get Fit Don’t Sit” Day to which got more than 2,600 companies, organizations and individuals up and moving,
2015 was a year of scientific progress.
We received a record-breaking number of abstract submissions for our Scientific Sessions this year—our 75th anniversary gathering!
We received more than 100 applicants for our third Pathway to Stop Diabetes awards encouraging promising young scientists to dedicate themselves to diabetes research. Our Pathway program is one I’m most proud of!
Attendance at our 2015 Focus on Fellows program, in conjunction with Scientific Sessions, increased by 50% and included new digital delivery mechanisms.
When I look forward to 2016, these are five objectives that will be integrated in all we do:
- Drive new growth through innovative research, platforms and partnerships
- Optimize operations and drive a culture of accountability
- Redesign donor management and experience
- Expand intellectual property and brand opportunities
- Advance advocacy impact
Simply put, we never want to become complacent in what we do or cling only to the successes of our past. There’s so much work to be done as we seek to fulfill our mission.
To prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
These are exciting times at the American Diabetes Association!
Won’t you join our efforts with an end of the year donation?