Clinics and Providers
As you’re probably aware, young adults can be a tough population to reach. The College Diabetes Network (CDN) and clinics are complimentary pieces to a puzzle that each can’t solve on their own. CDN’s programs and resources help to supplement clinical care and provide an element of peer support which is currently missing.
CDN established a Clinical Advisory Committee - an active working group of multi-disciplinary service providers in the diabetes community who have a passion and interest for supporting the young adult population with type 1 diabetes, and who are committed to working with CDN to identify innovative approaches to make the experience of having and managing type 1 diabetes as a young adult easier. The Clinical Advisory Committee held its first official meeting in June 2014, with representatives from disciplines including medicine, nursing, and psychology.
What we can offer your patients
Young adults with diabetes can have the best clinical care and the latest gadgets, but it can all mean nothing without motivation and support. CDN’s model is effective because it is built upon peer support and facilitating the creation of networks to provide it. CDN staff can work directly with your patients to develop a support system on their college campus.
Check this list to find out if there are any chapters near you.
Student Rights and Advocacy
Check out our Know Your Rights Webinar we did in collaboration with the ADA and tell your patients about it. It is important for students to be aware of how to advocate for themselves on campus, and the resources available to them on campus.
Preparing for College
We know that for some, preparing for college is the hardest part. Send your patients (and their parents) to our Preparing to Leave and Parents & Family pages, where they can access information and resources specific to the transition to college, including our Preparing to Move Out - A Timeline.
Get the Word Out
Let your students know about CDN and all it has to offer by having our informational brochures available to your students. You can also find the electronic version of our brochure in the resources below.
News on Young Adults and Transitioning
May 2014: Christina Roth, founder and CEO of the College Diabetes Network, presented at the American College Health Association, along with Dr. Jake Kushner, on how campus providers can best serve the students with diabetes on their campus. View the Powerpoint presentation here.
August 2014: Christina Roth, founder and CEO of the College Diabetes Network, presented at the American Association of Diabetes Educators, along with three health care providers. The title of the presentation is Supporting Young Adults with Diabetes: Changing Systems to Address the Issues. View the Powerpoint presentation here.
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Pediatrics to Adult
Many young adults struggle with the transition from pediatric to adult care. Here are some of the resources that we've found to be helpful for health care providers helping their patients to make the transition.
- Endocrine Society Transitions of Care Resources - Type 1 Diabetes: The Endocrine Society has developed a variety of resources to help care teams prepare for and successfully manage the transition from pediatric to adult care.
- National Diabetes Education Program - Transitions from Pediatric to Adult Care: This pediatric to adult care transition guide from the NIH National Diabetes Education Program has resources including NDEP's Pediatric to Adult Health Care Transition Planning Checklist, Clinical Summary for New Health Care Team, and other resources for teens, their families, and health care providers.
- Transitions in Care - Meeting the Challenges of Type 1 Diabetes in Young Adults:Providing care for a young adult with type 1 diabetes during this stage can be difficult as well. Transitions in Care serves as a coaching manual for health care providers and parents, and as a guide to self-care and independence for young adults with diabetes. It demystifies a complicated period in a life with type 1 diabetes and makes the passage to adulthood easier for everyone involved.
Transition/Off to College events can be extremely helpful to young adults with diabetes. We’re currently in the process of creating a Transition How-To Guide for clinics and organizations that should be available at the beginning of 2015. Read more about the grant we received to create a Transition How To Guide, and sign up to receive a copy of this guide, and/or information about transition events moving forward.
A special thanks to our clinical partners: