Your day just got a little more exciting.
You can make a difference…in not just your life, but the lives of 29 million Americans and their families, friends, and employers.
Wait! Don’t sip your coffee and click to the next tab on your browser. (Sip your coffee and keep reading.)
If you are like I was (not too long ago), the thought of diabetes advocacy was simply this:
“Like I have time. Someone else will do all the hard work. Whatever.”
- What if I told you that someone did all that hard work for you?
- That advocating for yourself, people you love, heck… anyone in the U.S. with diabetes is now simple, easy, and quick?
- One website to learn about the issues impacting people with diabetes being decided by lawmakers and governmental agencies and then tell them quickly how you feel?
- A few clicks and you’re done, but you’ve helped the diabetes community and become a diabetes advocate?
Allow me to introduce the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC) and invite you to join me and others who care about our community.
DPAC is a non-profit and non-partisan organization founded to provide united, simple, and effective advocacy opportunities for people impacted by diabetes for safety, quality and accessibility of care.
And there is no cost to be a part of it.
Sign up and take action immediately from the comfort of your keyboard. You won’t have to figure out who your government representatives are or how to contact them – it’s done for you. After you quickly learn why it’s important to let them know how you feel on a diabetes issue, you just… Click. Click. Done.
I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who said: “I’d like to spend my day reading over proposed legislation and policy all day.” I certainly don’t. DPAC does that for you, boiling it down to the key points that you need to know.
Why bother to join? Have you ever been to a concert where the booming sound from the speakers drowns out a conversation you’re trying to have with your friend? One conversation gets lost sometimes.
Have you ever been to a concert where the singers asks the crowd to belt out the chorus of a song? When everyone is raising their voices as one… the whole audience is heard. That booming sound comes from the people in the crowd. We are that crowd.
The diabetes community deserves to be heard by our policymakers as a united voice.
Why join the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition? I already do stuff with other diabetes organizations, you say. How is DPAC different, you say?
DPAC will keep policy makers’ attention on people with diabetes. Diabetes advocacy is like diabetes care; both are long-term processes with no quick fixes.
Every diabetes organization has a mission; sometimes the mission and the issues that need to be addressed don’t align. Organizations may support one bill and not another – and that’s fine! Some wonderful diabetes organizations are constrained by their non-profit structure, preventing lobbying or the type of advocacy that pierces the heart of the matter.
DPAC is pro-diabetes, pro-existing organizations, pro-getting our diabetes voices heard by policymakers – and that’s the sole focus. Where there is already a movement by one wonderful organization, DPAC adds to the swell. Where an issue is not being given the spotlight, DPAC will shine the light. DPAC doesn’t want to re-invent the wheel; they want the wheel to go faster and gather steam.
If you’ve heard me mumbling over the past few months about a project that I’ve been working on… this is it, along with Bennet Dunlap and some pretty fantastic people and organizations. I’m all about making diabetes advocacy easy – and now it is.