The coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of our families, our businesses, and our communities. During this time, I wanted to personally reach out and update you on how we’re approaching the situation at CDN.
- Over the coming days and weeks you will see adjustments to how we interact with, and facilitate connections amongst our Chapter Leaders, members, and volunteers - including Facebook Live events, “virtual coffee hour”, and webinars.
- We have accelerated the public release of our new online membership platform to streamline communication with and amongst Chapter leaders and volunteers. As soon as possible we will be adding functionality to increase public access to local and searchable information, resources, and events.
- We will utilize our upcoming annual Young Adult Survey to collect critical information regarding the needs of our community and the challenges and concerns the pandemic has introduced.
- We will leverage the CDN REACH™ Coalition to facilitate information sharing across the diabetes and higher education sectors specific to risks associated with diabetes and chronic illness and the impact on these students both on/off campus.
I also wanted to personally reassure you that we have a business continuity plan in place and have taken steps to ensure that there is no disruption to CDN’s services and programs. Until this situation is resolved, all CDN staff will be working remotely from their homes to protect themselves and others. We are closely monitoring implications for our young adults and their families, and I will personally be reaching out regularly to inform you of our efforts.
We at CDN work for the day when all young adults with diabetes are motivated and equipped to live a healthy life.
For the past 10 years, CDN has created a national platform to connect young adults with diabetes, and to bring the voice of this community to decision-makers across industry, clinical care, and higher education. In the coming days and weeks, we will ensure that:
- young adults continue to connect and benefit from peer support (albeit remotely and off campus); that
- the young adult community is aware of critical information related to COVID-19, and any implications for people with diabetes; and that
- key decision makers across industry, clinical care, and higher education understand the implications and challenges the young adult community with diabetes are facing.
Our staff and Board of Directors are committed to being your advocate and your support system through this unprecedented time. Whether you have questions, need to connect with someone, are displaced due to closures, or are having trouble accessing medications or care - please reach out to us.
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
College Diabetes Network