Monday, March 24, 2014

Resource: College Diabetes Network

Each fall, ∼2.3 million freshmen enroll in institutes of higher education in the U.S.  Of these, ∼7,700 will have type 1 diabetes,  about 1 of every 300. As with all chronic illnesses, ongoing support is needed. One resource for students is the College Diabetes Network.

Resource:College Diabetes Network Website

What is CDN? 
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.
Vision 
CDN’s vision is to create a college community, which will enable students with Diabetes to thrive in all of their personal, healthcare, and scholastic accomplishments.
History
Founded in 2009 by a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, CDN started out as a small student group on campus, but quickly grew into a national organization with chapters throughout the country and in Canada.
Why We Were Created

College life with diabetes can get complicated and overwhelming! CDN is a resource whose sole focus is to help students as they navigate through the wonderful chaos of college. We aren’t just reiterating “doctors office advice”, we connect you with your peers, so that you can share real experiences and find what works best for you!

https://collegediabetesnetwork.org/

Our Mission

CDN’s mission is to empower and improve the lives of students living with Type 1 diabetes through peer support and access to information and resources.
CDN strives to
  • Create connections with other students with diabetes at your college or university
  • Create connections with the community to inspire children and young adults in the area
  • Educate the campus and community about diabetes and living a healthy lifestyle
  • Work to improve life on campus for diabetics through emotional support, personal connections, healthcare, and nutrition.
  • Create a central resource for prospective students and parents to have access to information regarding support services to diabetics at prospective colleges and universities
  • Provide a central resource where parents of college students can connect and share personal stories, tips, etc. in order to help to relieve the strain on them and their relationship with their college age child
  • Provide resources to college and university administrators to help them to better serve the diabetic population at their schools