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.
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.
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 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. The site became a way to help other schools form groups and to provide suggestions on making their campuses more “diabetes friendly”. Through this, College Diabetes Network was born and has continued to grow and expand its services to new chapters and existing school groups.
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.