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Given the conversation around insulin affordability and access for patients, as well as pharmaceutical funding of nonprofits, we felt compelled to share this public statement on behalf of our organization.

We, the College Diabetes Network (CDN) are proud to serve as the voice for young adults living with diabetes. We consider it our responsibility to ensure that this voice is heard and listened to by those in power - be it at advocacy organizations, pharmaceutical and device companies, or Congress. We believe that we must be part of an ongoing dialogue with all stakeholders in order to fulfill this responsibility. This includes having a seat at the table with pharmaceutical, insurance, and diabetes device companies, along with lobbying organizations and our fellow patient advocacy organizations, so we can represent young adults with diabetes and ensure they are taken into consideration during every conversation.

As people with diabetes ourselves, and advocates on behalf of the young adult community with diabetes, we are outraged by the current environment we live in - where profits are prioritized over lives. However, we believe that the most effective solutions for patients will only come through dialogue and problem solving with those involved at all levels. We don’t expect this to be easy, or fast, but we are committed to being a driving facilitator of this conversation and its possible solutions for our members (and all people with diabetes).  As we all know, patients are struggling because of access and affordability issues. We at CDN believe it is our responsibility to ensure our community knows of, and utilizes, emergency support and patient assistance programs when they are in need. We remain relentless advocates for the young adults we serve. 

In order to fulfill our CDN’s mission as an organization, CDN uses a collaborative approach to the diabetes sector through partnerships and our Corporate Membership Program. Because of this funding, we are able to provide all of our resources and programs at no-cost to our constituents. In order to reach all in the diabetes community, including those in under-served areas, we believe it’s critical to not charge program fees or for access to our resources. Our Corporate Members allow us to continue to offer all of our resources for free.

Young adults’ health, safety, and well-being are our top priorities at CDN. Our resources and programs are driven first and foremost by the needs of our young adult members. If you have any questions or concerns regarding CDN, or our strategies around implementing our mission, please do not hesitate to contact our Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Christina Roth, directly at croth@collegediabetesnetwork.org.