What is CDN?
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.
CDN’s vision is to enable students and young professionals to thrive with diabetes.
Our 3 Pillars of Programming
CDN is “The Hub” for information and resources directly relevant to the lives of young adults with diabetes. CDN’s website provides the tools for living a healthy life right at your fingertips and written in a way that is relevant to a young adult’s life. Our website is FULL of resources for you to use. You’ll 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/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 members, clinicians, campus administrators and staff, friends, and roommates. If you fall into one of these categories, you’ll find your section of the site under the “Not a T1D?” heading on the navigation bar.
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.
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.