Happy New Year from CDN!

Happy New Year from CDN!

CDN NewsChristina, CDN's CEO & Founder, looks back at 2017

Happy Holidays! As CDN’s CEO and founder, I wanted to check-in with all of our readers, students, parents, alumni, and fans before the year was over. Reflecting on the whirlwind of announcements and program launches of 2017, I am so grateful for the amazing individuals whose collective work make CDN the successful and fast growing organization that it is. From student leaders on each of our campuses, to our alumni, advisors, staff, and board members- the work that CDN does is driven by your passion.

Because of supporters like you – we have over 5,000 young adults involved throughout CDN’s network, with campus based chapters on over 115 colleges and universities. New Chapters are popping up each month, so keep an eye on our Chapter Map to see if there is one in your neighborhood. As an aside, have you checked out our website recently? We have integrated our map with Google so you can search for CDN Chapters, Off to College events, and JDRF Type One Nation Summits using our Off to College curriculum near your zip code.

As many of you know, November 13th through 17th was the fourth annual College Diabetes Week. Chapters across the country participated in activities on campus, with alumni, parents, and friends joining in on the conversation on social media. We used this week to launch a groundbreaking new resource for those diagnosed with T1D between 17 and 25. Check out our “You’ve Got This” video series and guide. We can’t wait to continue sharing it with individuals, clinics, hospitals, and partners in 2018.

During College Diabetes Week, we also held an important Facebook Live conversation related to Mental Health and T1D. Five students, plus clinicians and experts, talked about their experiences, tips, and resources for managing these often comingled experiences. If you missed it – don’t worry! You can view the recording here.

This semester, we launched a pilot program on over 20 college campuses across the United States. Schools like Yale and the University of Georgia will be using newly created CDN resources in their campus health centers, disability resource, and counseling offices. Stay tuned for a larger nationwide rollout of these resources in fall 2018!

Looking ahead to next year, we will be releasing a new resource for young adults entering the workforce, as well as updated Off to College materials (thanks to feedback from our students and parents!). We will also be increasing our work to amplify the voice of our young adult members to partners and promoting leadership amongst our students, through hosting our 5th Annual Retreat and accepting a new cohort of students to attend professional diabetes conferences with staff. 

I am more excited than ever as we get ready to jump into 2018! Soon after the New Year, we will be sharing our new Strategic Plan for 2018-2020. This plan builds on the community, resources, and partnerships we have worked so hard to grow since we were founded. As always, keep an eye on this blog and sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss out.

As 2017 comes to an end, you have one last chance to make a gift to CDN this year and support all of these groundbreaking and desperately needed programs which we provide. CDN is the only organization working exclusively to address the unmet needs of young adults with diabetes. We are only able to offer our programs and continue to identify and meet additional areas of need because of people like you- who care, who believe in what we do, and who help us make a difference. I would like to personally ask you to consider making a gift to CDN before the end of this year.

Thank you for your consideration, and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season sharing special memories with friends, family, and loved ones.

Contributor: Christina Roth, CEO & Founder College Diabetes Network

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