December 14, 2010
Hi! I am writing this week’s blog while waiting on my delayed (three times now!) flight back to North Carolina from Washington DC. I am excited to share this week’s happenings in Washington DC with you! Very exciting stuff!
First, I must give a big Thank You to my friends at Sanofi-Aventis External Affairs- Rachel Couchenour and Debbie McGarity! Thanks to them, DiabetesSisters is now known by many more key people in the diabetes and chronic illness arena. This week, I was introduced to Lisa Tate, CEO of WomenHeart (www.womenheart.org), Martha Nolan and Jo Parrish of the Society for Women’s Health Research (www.swhr.org) , Marissa Bushee of Healthy Women (www.healthywomen.org), Allyson Rosen and Gina Mangiaracina of the STOP Obesity Alliance (www.stopobesityalliance.org), Iris Hunter and Diana Karczmarczyk of the American Diabetes Assocation’s Community Initiatives (www.diabetes.org).
I also met some really impressive people from Sanofi-Aventis (aside from Rachel and Debbie, of course!) such as Mike Capaldi, Sabrina Spitaletta (Civic Action Programs) and MaryAnne Dunlap (Federal Government Affairs) to discuss advocacy issues and to better understand how to make an impact on Capitol Hill.
I am very pleased to say that many of the organizations we met with already understood the unique issues faced by women with diabetes and those that didn’t were certainly open t learning about them. In fact, some already have agendas in place to address these issues in 2011. You can expect to hear exciting partnership announcements from DiabetesSisters over the next few months as a result of this trip.
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