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About Us | College Diabetes Network

About Us | College Diabetes Network

The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is singularly focused on providing young adults with T1D the peer connections they value, and expert resources they need, to successfully manage the challenging transition to independence at college and beyond. CDN works for the day when all young adults with diabetes are motivated and equipped to live a healthy life, so they can pursue their dreams without compromise. CDN is The Hub for information and resources directly relevant to the lives of young adults with diabetes. CDNs website provides the tools for living a healthy life right at your fingertips and written in a way that is relevant to a young adults life. Our website is FULL of resources for you to use. Youll find resources on relevant topics at the bottom of each page, marked by a round icon. CDN creates a community of young adults with diabetes; a community run by students for students. CDN supports them in creating peer networks on campus, facilitates connections between students and local resources, and provides tools to reduce the barriers of running these on-campus Chapters. In addition, CDN enables communication between student leaders across the country, to aid them in sharing ideas about Chapter leadership. Interested in hearing more about our Network? Check out the pages under Campus Chapters on the navigation bar to join or start a CDN Chapter. As the hub of support to young adults with diabetes, we recognize that we also have an obligation to use our unique understanding of this niche to address the systemic issues affecting this population. While the functionality of this site was created with students as the first and foremost in our minds, we also wanted it to be a dynamic resource for parents and other family Continue reading >>

College Diabetes Network: Support, Advocacy, Andlegacy

College Diabetes Network: Support, Advocacy, Andlegacy

College Diabetes Network: Support, Advocacy, andLegacy College is a time of transition for many students as they relocate to a new city, find a new friend group, and adjust to a fast-paced educational environment. Though exciting, entering this new space can be daunting as students learn to manage their independence for the first time. For some, transitioning to college comes with an additional responsibility: managing type 1 diabetes (T1D). From changing doctors and solidifying medication supplies to tracking sugar levels, students with T1D have more to balance than the average college freshman. Importantly, the College Diabetes Network exists as a resource across the United States for university students living with and affected by T1D. The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is a nonprofit that started in 2009 to connect students that are affected by T1D. With headquarters in Boston, the CDN helps college students across the country form and lead their own chapters to create support systems and resources for their fellow students. As stated on their website, they are focused on providing young adults with T1D the peer connections they value, and expert resources they need, to successfully manage the challenging transition to independence at college and beyond. Not only is this an important resource for incoming freshman, but also for anyone that is diagnosed during their college years, affected by the disease, or interested in learning more about it. For many, forming a CDN chapter on their campus is an outlet to provide others with resources, advocate for each other, and educate fellow students on their campus about T1D. The change is also long-lasting, with CDN program coordinator Dan Browne stating that, the most important and most commonly seen difference is simply t Continue reading >>

College Diabetes Network

College Diabetes Network

Letting go of your son or daughter who is away at college is difficult enough. And when he or she has type 1 diabetes the feelings of pride and hope are compounded by worries about their health and well-being. As a student, your child may experience mixed emotions of both excitement and fear about their independence. Not only are they faced with navigating through campus life, but they also must resolve issues related to their diabetes care. Discovering that there were no support services available to college students with diabetes spurred Christina Roth, then a junior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, to create the College Diabetes Network in 2009. The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is a national non-profit organization founded to address the unique challenges facing college students with diabetes, from access to better health care and resources, to creating a community that understands and supports the disease. Christina says, I started a small group on the UMass campus to go beyond the usual student groups. There were so many issues for students with diabeteshousing, dining, and social activities. I wanted students to connect with other students like them to share how they dealt with diabetes. Today, there are more than 20 chapters at colleges and universities across the United States. CDN chapters provide a way for students to meet in person and connect, talk, laugh, and share the ups and downs about life with diabetes on campus. When asked about CDN, a student from Wellesley College stated, I was always open about having diabetes, but I never truly took responsibility of it until I met other type-1s on my campus. The bond we have was definitely the push I needed. My HbA1C dropped three full points since I met them last year. Meeting them changed my life. Continue reading >>

College Diabetes Network Connects A New Generation Of Activists!

College Diabetes Network Connects A New Generation Of Activists!

College Diabetes Network Connects a New Generation of Activists! Most diabetes advocates are inspired by their involvement in the diabetes community, and many young adults get their start in the diabetes community through amazing support organizations like the College Diabetes Network. The College Diabetes Network , or CDN, was formed in 2009 by Christina Roth. She, like many people with type one diabetes, found the transition into independent college life difficult, and she wanted a group of people with whom she could discuss her challenges and victories. After having trouble promoting the group on her campus, she started the CDN website, which now connects college students across the country. I talked with Dan Browne, a program coordinator with CDN. He said [CDN] is a nonprofit organization organization whose mission is singularly focused on providing young adults with T1D the peer connections they value, and expert resources they need, to successfully manage the challenging transition to independence at college and beyond. I first got involved with CDN as a senior in college when I started a Chapter on my own campus. After graduation, I was offered an internship position at the CDN headquarters which grew into a full-time position overseeing the Chapter Network and helping students across the country start and lead Chapters. Browne explained the purpose of CDN as an organization that provides programs that empowers students and young professionals to thrive with diabetes. Our largest program is our Chapter Network a web of over 115 student-run groups on college campuses across the country, growing all the time. Peer support is invaluable in an environment where so many other variables are changing and students are often tasked with managing their disease independent Continue reading >>

The College Diabetes Network And Jdrf Announce National Partnership

The College Diabetes Network And Jdrf Announce National Partnership

The College Diabetes Network and JDRF Announce National Partnership BOSTON, MA May 17, 2017: The College Diabetes Network (CDN) and JDRF are pleased to announce their national partnership. This partnership will support CDNs Off to College Program, and serve to ensure that more high school students and their families have the information and support they need to successfully prepare for and transition into college. These materials are a Gold Standard of information and support for young people with type 1 diabeteshelping to simplify, rather than further complicate the transition to college. CDNs Off to College Program is the most comprehensive diabetes education program for young people and their families. With 71 percent of students currently reporting difficulty managing diabetes in college, this program provides critical resources at an often tumultuous time. CDNs Off to College Program offers resources for everyone involved; from printed booklets for students and their families, to informational toolkits for health clinics and diabetes organizations to host Off to College Events. Resources are provided at no cost and can be requested via THIS FORM for both electronic download and hard copy booklets. JDRFs Type One Nation Summits across the country will be utilizing CDN resources and several events will be working with CDN Chapters to host Off to College sessions. Additionally, families in contact with their local JDRF Chapters will be able to connect with CDN Chapters to help with the transition to college. The transition to college is an exciting but stressful time for young adults with diabetes and their families. These booklets aim to help make that transition easier so that families are more prepared for college, said Christina Roth, CDNs CEO and Founder. With J Continue reading >>

College Diabetes Network Comes To K-state

College Diabetes Network Comes To K-state

College Diabetes Network comes to K-State The K-State College Diabetes Network is a new organization to K-State's campus. This organization is open to any and all people affected by diabetes, whether it is Type 1, Type 2, or even if you just want to learn more about diabetes. The next College Diabetes Networkmeeting is at 5:30 p.m.Monday, Feb. 20, in 253 Leadership Studies Building. The K-State College Diabetes Networkchapter helps students with diabetes come together as a community, explores scholarship opportunities, provides helpful resources for students with diabetes as they make the transition from high school to college, and many other great opportunities. For its first fundraising activity, the group will participate in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's One Walk on April 1 in Wichita. In the fall, the group will begin to raise awareness and educating our fellow Wildcats about diabetes. Please contact [email protected] for more information or to become a member. Continue reading >>

College Diabetes Network

College Diabetes Network

A solution to track complex member relationships and networks for a growing organization. As a result of rapid organizational growth, the College Diabetes Network (CDN) quickly outgrew its data management system. CDN needed a solution that would give the nonprofit a 360-degree view of its constituents, including the ability to see all its members, their relationships, and the multiple ways that they engage within and outside of the CDN network. After carefully identifying the business processes and relationships that needed to be tracked, 501Partners created an enterprise-wide implementation for this small nonprofit managing over 100 chapters across the country. A Salesforce solution addressed three pressing concerns for this growing membership organization: The need to successfully track complex relationships and connections; The need to customize Salesforce to gain a complete (360-degree) view of its constituents and the various ways that they may connect during a lifetime engagement; and How to use data to track and measure impact and work in real time. College Diabetes Network CEO and founder Christina Roth didnt originally intend to create such a widespread and quickly growing nonprofit organization. In 2011, after struggling to find the support she needed to cope with her Type 1 Diabetes within a college environment, Christina founded the nonprofit College Diabetes Network (CDN) both as a national organization and as a local chapter at her university. Christina created a unique organization that is both a dialogue and network for her fellow students laboring to cope with the disease. Today, in 2016, CDN operates over 100 chapters in 34 states, and continues to grow rapidly. Recognizing that data was an invaluable asset, Christina invested in an open-source Custom Continue reading >>

Meet College Diabetes Network: You're Not Alone On Campus Anymore

Meet College Diabetes Network: You're Not Alone On Campus Anymore

Meet College Diabetes Network: You're Not Alone on Campus Anymore Written by Mike Hoskins on August 23, 2013 It's a great time to be a college student with diabetes. OK, maybe it's never a great time to have diabetes at all, but if you're a PWD (person with diabetes) off to college at this time of year, you'll likely have access to an amazing resource unlike anything offered ever before in the history of this disease. What I'm talking about is the College Diabetes Network , which is now entering its fourth year and has grown into a n ational non-profit with 36 college campus chapters across the U.S. and that's in some way connected to about 200 universities overall. Think about it: going away to a college campus for the first time can be a challenging change for anyone, but especially for the estimated 10,000 new college freshmen with type 1 diabetes in the United States. Leaving the comfort of a parent's house, possibly moving out of state, unpredictable schedules, late nights and irregular eating habits, and a whole universe of new interesting people... Yeah, just thinking about it can make your blood sugars rise. For me, that happened back in the late 90s at a smaller Michigan school (Oakland University) with only about 15,000 people at the time. As far as I knew, I was the only other type 1 diabetic there. But there's really no way to know that for sure, because at that point in my life diabetes wasn't something I shared with many people and I certainly wasn't wearing it openly on my sleeve as I do now. I wasn't pumping insulin, and there would be times when my blood sugar testing was... let's just say, scattered and not routine. An organization like CDN could have been a lifeline for someone like me. Seriously, if you're a parent or student who wants to find conne Continue reading >>

Scholarships | College Diabetes Network

Scholarships | College Diabetes Network

Eligibility: Graduating seniors and current college students with Type 1 that live in Missouri or Kansas Scholarship Amounts: $1000, $1500, or $2500 Deadline: April 15, 2017 (2018-2019 school year information not yet available). Eligibility: There are several scholarships available to members of the association, including students. Scholarship Amounts: Scholarships vary, and are meant to ease the cost of attending the annual AADE conference. Deadline: 2018 scholarship info not available yet Eligibility: Full-time student/US citizen at an accredited 4-year university. Minimum GPA of 3.3 or within the top 5 percent of your class. Demonstrates Exceptional Financial Need. Scholarship Amounts: $20,000. Paid research training at the NIH during the summer, paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation. Scholarships For Students Pursuing A Law Degree Katz & Phillips 2014 Ashley Rose Honorary Diabetes Scholar Award Eligibility: Applicant must be either a current law student at an accredited law school or a student entering law school (having already been accepted to an accredited law school) this year. Applicants must have a minimum 2.8 GPA. Applicants must submit an official copy of their transcript. Continue reading >>

The Giving Common - An Initiative Of The Boston Foundation

The Giving Common - An Initiative Of The Boston Foundation

Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide innovative peer based programs which connect and empower students and young professionals to thrive with diabetes. The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide innovative peer based programs which connect and empower students and young professionals to thrive with diabetes. Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017 For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments. The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide innovative peer based programs which connect and empower students and young professionals to thrive with diabetes. Christina graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Psychology from UMasss Commonwealth Honors College in 2011, and was awarded several honors for her work through CDN. She started working at the Joslin Diabetes Center as a research assistant, while still managing CDN as her 5pm-10pm volunteer job. In 2012, Christina quit her job to work full-time for CDN as a volunteer. She and her colleague decided they would give themselves six months to get CDN off the ground. And despite the many challenges they faced, in 2013, they started the year with two full-time employees and went on to be awarded a $100,000 capacity building grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, which was then followed up in 2014 with an additional 3 year capacity building grant of $450,000. With Christina leading CDN full-time, the organization doubled its Chapter network and annual revenue each year for three straight years. The organiz Continue reading >>

Campus Chapters | College Diabetes Network

Campus Chapters | College Diabetes Network

We have a ton of resources to help you get started - from finding interested members on your campus and registering as an official student organization, to hosting events and activities. CDN Chapters get access to our Start Up Guide, a budget to build your own Outreach Kit through our online Campus Store , a CDN email address for your Chapter, a Chapter webpage on our website, constitution templates, resources for faculty advisors, tips on how to find your members, an Activity Guide with meeting and event ideas from CDN students themselves, connections to speakers and community partners, and of course, the personal support of our dedicated Program Staff! Each year, CDN student leaders from across the country come together for the CDN Annual Retreat in Bridgton, Maine. Students spend time learning, networking, and growing as leaders throughout the course of the retreat. The 2018 CDN Annual Retreat will be held from May 21-25, 2018. Former attendees have written some great blogs about theirexperiencesat the Retreat. Check out Hannah's blog and Courtney's blog to learn more. CDN created a Student Advisory Committee (SAC) in 2013 to serve as the voice of the student population and to help the CDN team to identify key areas of student and Chapter programming. SAC members work closely with CDN National staff to gain real-world professional experience in the nonprofit sector, contribute to CDN's mission through virtual internships, and provide feeback and support for CDN programs. To learn more, email us ! We have resources for Faculty Advisors, too - check out our Campus Administration webpage! If you aren't currently an advisor but want to be, check if there's a Chapter at your school using the map above. No Chapter? You can help get the word out about CDN to students at yo Continue reading >>

Membership | College Diabetes Network

Membership | College Diabetes Network

Are you a college student who wears your pancreas on your side? (Or carries it around in a pen in your pocket) Or maybe you have a friend with tubing coming out of them? Whatever your connection to diabetes is, you should be a CDN student member. Diabetes can really suck sometimes. Thats why we want to keep you updated on the good diabetes stuff, the stuff that benefits youand maybe help you out with a few perks along the way. Sound good? Dont worry, student membership to CDN is always FREE to students. Exclusive access to internship and job openings with our partnering organizations and corporate members Notifications about clinical trials and patient advisory committees looking for participants like you Exclusive offers from CDN's Corporate Members Regular CDN e-newsletter with all of the latest news from the diabetes industry relevant to young adults Just as we support our college chapters by providing helpful resources and an extensive network, we're here to extend that support into your life after college and to starting your journey as a young professional. Networking is essential to success after college and a CDN Alumni Membership is a great way to get started. Exclusive access to internship and job openings with our partnering organizations and corporate members Notifications about clinical trials and patient advisory committees looking for participants like you Monthly CDN e-newsletter with all of the latest news regarding CDN and the diabetes industry Continue reading >>

Our Team | College Diabetes Network

Our Team | College Diabetes Network

What she likes to do:Travel, try new restaurants, dance, explore Boston, be around small animals. Favorite thing about diabetes:Seeing a stranger on the street with a pump/Dexcom and giving each other the nod and how unique the diabetes community is. Least favorite thing about diabetes:The constant worry over whether youll be OK in the next moment, the next year, the next 10 years, and so on. Biggest T1D struggle while in college:Keeping the distractions and worries about diabetes under control during classes and tests. Bio:Stacey was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in June of 2011 when she was almost 16 years old. She immediately became involved in the T1D community where she learned about The College Diabetes Network. She started a CDN Chapter her sophomore year at Boston University, which led her to attend the annual CDN student retreat in 2015. She returned to CDN as an intern the following summer to once again attend the annual retreat and work on the creation of the Campus Advisory Committee. She is constantly inspired and amazed by the CDN students, and is thrilled to be able to work with them and the CDN team. Student Advice Columnists offer advice on wearing a pump with a dress, and how to talk to roommates about T1D. Continue reading >>

Northeastern Launches Chapter Of The College Diabetes Network

Northeastern Launches Chapter Of The College Diabetes Network

Northeastern University College of Science Northeastern launches chapter of the College Diabetes Network By Sage Wesenberg, Biology and Journalism 2019 | Because I was diagnosed at such a young age, managing diabetes is a large part of who I am and has definitely impacted my character. Ive had points in my life where Ive stopped and realized, Oh wait, not everyone has to deal with this like I do,' said Alex Peterson, Vice President of the Northeastern chapter of the College Diabetes Network. Regardless of all the doubt and fear, I think living with this disease has made me a strong and resilient person who can take on anything. Type 1 diabetes is a disease which prevents the pancreas from producing insulin, a hormone that helps to bring glucose from the bloodstream to the rest of the body. Glucose is an essential sugar that the body uses for energy. People living with type 1 diabetes must pay close attention to their blood glucose levels and use artificial insulin, often in the form of syringes, pumps, or pens, to deliver the missing hormone to their body. Growing up, many people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at a young age, have a support system throughout their life. However, when they go to college, that can suddenly seem distant, and it isnt easy to find other diabetics at a university due to HIPAA legislation. The College Diabetes Network (CDN) was founded in 2009 thanks to Christina Roth, a college student who had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 14. In college, she wanted to meet other students in similar situations to hers. Roth launched a website to connect students at universities in having discussions on diabetes in college and how to form support groups. In 2012, CDN became a full-time, non-profit organization. CDNs campus chapters help bu Continue reading >>

Joining The College Diabetes Network

Joining The College Diabetes Network

Meagan Banks is a sophomore at the Georgia Institute of Technology studying biochemistry and global development. She founded Georgia Techs chapter of College Diabetes Network and currently serves as a chapter leader. Having something like type 1 diabetes can often make you feel alone. But I can say, with full confidence, that I have never felt more encouraged, more supported, more understood than I did joining the College Diabetes Network (CDN) Retreat in Maine this summer. With the guidance and support of the national CDN staff, I founded a chapter of CDN at Georgia Tech this past spring. Although Ive been tapped into the diabetes community through Camp Kudzu since the age I was diagnosed, starting my schools CDN chapter was a complete game-changer. Still, I had no idea what to expect coming to the retreat. It turned out to be exactly what I needed to ignite the passion, motivation, and ideas to push my personal leadership to the next level. What struck me most throughout the week were the profound connections we all made. Amongst the early-summer heat, our little space in Bridgton transformed from a city-light free night sky, mosquito accompanied smoky bonfires, and CDN-centric programming, to a family. I learned about the struggles of being diagnosed as a young adult and navigating type 1 without a competent healthcare team. I got to know the amazing people working to advance CDNs mission at the national level, tackling the many obstacles that come with being a nonprofit, and I networked with inspirational professionals in the diabetes community. In moments of incredible bravery, people shared their most vulnerable experiences: struggles with mental health, body image, and feeling alone in this constant battle with type 1 diabetes and the ignorance that so often sur Continue reading >>

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