PRESS RELEASE: The College Diabetes Network Announces a National Advocacy Initiative in Higher Education Reducing Physical and Mental Health Risks for Students on Campus


For Immediate Release

(Boston, MA) November 6, 2019: The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is excited to announce the launch of a bold new initiative in higher education to reduce the significant physical and mental health risks students with diabetes face every day – introducing CDN REACH™.

A first-of-its-kind advocacy initiative, CDN REACH™ works directly with campus professionals to help them support the needs of students living with diabetes more holistically while also providing a framework for addressing their student populations with other life-altering chronic and invisible diseases.

Young adults with diabetes make life or death medical decisions each and every day. Managing these decisions while navigating campus life and academics is an overwhelming responsibility and one that often leads to depression, anxiety and isolation. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of young adults surveyed by CDN in 2017 reported an increase in depression since starting college.

CDN REACH™ harnesses the expertise of a coalition of leading organizations across the diabetes and higher education space for a multi-year initiative to:

  • Build consensus to better support student health and well-being
  • Develop resources specifically designed for campus professionals
  • Communicate best practice guidelines and standard protocols
  • Collaborate on university-specific initiatives and programs.

"ACHA is pleased to support the critical work of CDN and the expanded services offered to campuses through the CDN REACH™ program. Students with diabetes often time need specialized support and services and we’re grateful that campuses can tap the expertise of CDN through their new program”, Dr. Devin Jopp, CEO of the American College Health Association.

As the only organization bridging higher education and diabetes, CDN is leveraging its years of work in both spaces to fundamentally change how chronic and invisible diseases are supported on campus.

“CDN is building on 10 years of experience equipping students and young adults with crucial peer support and resources,” says Christina Roth, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of CDN.  “We are now taking the lead to help campus professionals address the persistent barriers these students continue to face to reduce the risks to student health and to the institutions themselves.”

We are honored to be joined in this effort by our distinguished Coalition Partners: 

As part of this launch, CDN is releasing three new campus resources developed for campus professionals and in conjunction with our Campus Advisory Council

  1. A Guide for Student Health Services 
  2. A Guide for Student Disability Services
  3. A Guide for Student Counseling Services 

These resources will be available for free digital download here, with a limited number of hardcopy materials available via order form while supplies last.  These materials are provided at no cost to campuses and administrators due to the generous support of our sponsors. 

The launch of CDN REACH™ is supported by CDN corporate sponsors Lilly Diabetes, Novo Nordisk, Sanofi and Xeris Pharmaceuticals

For media inquiries, contact Sarah Twomey, (617) 313-2447,

About the College Diabetes Network (CDN): 

The College Diabetes Network (CDN), a non-profit organization headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, is the only organization that speaks to, and for, the young adult population with diabetes.  Our mission is singularly focused on providing these young adults with the peer connections they value, and expert resources they need to successfully manage the challenging transition to independence at college and beyond.

For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @CollegeDiabetes.

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