November is National Diabetes Month. According to the American Diabetes Association, almost 30 million Americans suffer from some form of diabetes. We at CIC have some rockstar clients dedicated to promoting awareness and supporting college students with Type 1 diabetes. We chatted with the team at the College Diabetes Network to learn more about their organization and their journey to CIC.
Tell us about your company. (What do you do? How long have you been around?)
The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is a 501c3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to empower and improve the lives of students living with Type 1 diabetes through peer support and access to information and resources.
How did you get into the type of work you do? Is there a cool story to it?
The founder of CDN, Christina Roth, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 14. While at college, she became interested in meeting other students coping with the same experiences, so she started a group in 2009 to connect with other students. She soon encountered considerable resistance from health services in informing other students about her group because of HIPAA (health information privacy) regulations. Due to the difficulty of raising awareness about the group, she created a website to facilitate communication between students at universities and to provide suggestions on forming groups along with tips on how to deal with the challenges that may come up. As students from across the country found the CDN and wanted to be involved, Christina filed for and received 501c3 non-profit status in 2010. CDN continued to grow long after Christina’s graduation, and in 2012 became a full-time organization.
What have been your biggest learning opportunity and milestone? What’s your next one?
We recently started a collaboration with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to publish an “Off to College Event Hosting Guide”. Off to College events are held across the country to help prepare high school students and their families for the transition into college with Type 1 Diabetes. Through these guides and our collaboration with ADA, we’ve had the opportunity to reach a broader population and connect more communities with the resources they need to host events like this.
As a next step, we’ll be printing Off to College resource booklets for students, which will be distributed in clinics and online.
How and why did you come to CIC?
We used to be at Space with a Soul before they merged with the CIC. We loved the shared environment and the support it provided to a small nonprofit like us. It offered us the legitimacy and flexibility we needed.
What do you like about CIC and how do you think being in a space like ours impacts you?
We love all the people who come up to our cube that have a connection with diabetes and want to talk. It’s such a creative, collaborative working community here where you’re surrounded by other organizations and companies doing impactful, innovative things.
Tell us one fun fact!
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month! There’s a ton going on and you can follow along with the fun on social media by checking out #NDAM or the #t1Dlookslikeme campaign.
Learn more about CDN here and on their website. If you are a CIC Client interested in being a spotlightee, or are interested in reaching out to CDN directly, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.