October 2016-e-newsletter

October 2016-e-newsletter

 October 2016 NEWSLETTER, ISSUE 97                      Sponsored by: 
Dear Sister, 
After months of challenging YOU to help us reach our $30,000 goal, I'm proud to report that we EXCEEDED that goal. Thank you for keeping DiabetesSisters in your thoughts and supporting this organization that does so much for women living with, and at risk of, diabetes.
Last weekend, we welcomed many of our PODS Leaders to Chicago, where we hosted our second Leadership Institute. Designed to provide additional training and education to our peer support leaders, this year's Institute was made possible by an array of sponsors including Boehringer-Ingelheim, Dexcom, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Lilly, Regeneron, Roche, and The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. Topics of the weekend included skills in facilitation and moderating groups, as well as valuable education on diabetes technology and navigating insurance challenges. Closing keynote speaker, Riva Greenberg, wowed the attendees with her session on "Crafting Your Life Narrative of Living Victoriously with Diabetes". I am excited to hear from PODS attendees on how their leaders will incorporate their experiences in the coming months.
Later this month, we are hosting a Life Class webinar on Appeals and Denials. Led by patient advocates Melissa Lee and Cherise Shockley and supported through an independent grant by Merck, this is a great opportunity to tune in and ask questions about how to navigate your most challenging insurance hurdles. Please tune in on Wednesday, October 19, at 4pm est. Registration is below.

Until next month,
In Sisterhood,
Anna Norton, MS
23 Triumphant (NOT Perfect!) Years THRIVING with Diabetes

Appeals and Denials
led by Patient Advocates Melissa Lee and Cherise Shockley
The complicated world of private and public payers requires people with diabetes to understand how the system works in order to make a case for access to the tools, drugs, and education that we need in order to live well. Come learn from patients and insurance professionals who've won access battles and have the scars to prove it. Join prominent patient advocates Melissa Lee and Cherise Shockley and learn how to navigate this windy road. 
Please submit your questions to info@diabetessisters.org with subject line: Appeals and Denials Webinar.
This Life Class webinar is supported through an independent grant from    
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
4:00-4:30 pm EST 

All registered attendees will be entered in a raffle to win a copy of 

Riva Greenberg's book Diabetes Do's & How-To's. 



By Guest Contributor
Bonnie Goldberg, MA, RD, CDE
This post is sponsored by
At Medtronic, we're proud to introduce two new members of the MiniMed family-the MiniMed® 670G system and the MiniMed® 630G system. On September 28, the FDA approved the world's first hybrid closed loop insulin delivery system. This brand-new system automates basal insulin delivery based on the personalized needs of the user, maximizing the time glucose levels are within the target range.  It is designed to learn what an individual's insulin needs are and to take action to minimize the time people with type 1 diabetes have both high and low glucose levels. The system also features the latest in continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) with the Guardian® Sensor 3, our newest and most advanced glucose sensor with enhanced accuracy and performance and a longer 7-day life.  It is also the first and only sensor approved by the FDA to control a hybrid closed loop system. 
The MiniMed 670G system will be commercially available in the spring of 2017 as Medtronic ensures market and manufacturing readiness, patient access, and appropriate employee, clinician, and patient training.

In the meantime, we also launched the brand-new MiniMed 630G system in August 2016. That's right, the #1 most prescribed insulin pump system has been completely redesigned with a fresh new look, added capabilities, and a simplified user interface.

Along with We Are Diabetes and Riverside Community Health Foundation, DiabetesSisters has been awarded a Big Blue Test grant from the Diabetes Hands Foundation. 
The Big Blue Test is a program that encourages communities to come together to experience the impact that small changes can have on health. In four easy steps, you will trigger a contribution to DiabetesSisters, not to mention have a meaningful impact on your health.
From now until November 14th, Diabetes Hands Foundation will donate $1 to DiabetesSisters for each Big Blue Test that is logged. 

With the holidays approaching, please consider using this link for a portion of your sales to impact DiabetesSisters.




Deborah A. Greenwood

Dr. Greenwood is a Research Scientist, in the Research, Development and Dissemination department and a Clinical Performance Improvement Consultant, on the Quality and Clinical Effectiveness team, in the Office of Patient Experience at Sutter Health, Sacramento, California. She also is the Program Director for the Sutter Health Integrated Diabetes Education Network (SHIDEN).  Deborah has worked at Sutter Health for the past 10 years. She was the 2015 President of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) and serves as the immediate past president in 2016. She recently received the2014 Award of Achievement from the National Council of Alpha Chi Omega. She is an active member of multiple diabetes associations as well as the American Telemedicine Association and the Health Information Management Systems Society.

Michele Polz

Ms. Polz is the founder & principal of M1 Consulting whose passion and goal is to collaborate with clients to design impactful data-driven customer acquisition and retention models leading to bottom line results.  She is currently advising within Digital Health Technology, Biotech/ Pharma companies from early discovery through life-cycle management focusing on integrated care and value based models. Before consulting, Michele spent the last 8 years in Life Sciences, both at Sanofi and Biogen. In her roles at both organizations, she was responsible for the development and operationalizing modern consumer strategies that led to new approaches to connect to the patient and the care networks across the lifecycle; improving the overall customer experience.  She is an advocate for putting the patient first.


DiabetesSisters helps to connect women living with diabetes through peer support, education, and advocacy that improves their health and quality of life.  We invite you to be part of expanding that network of sisterhood and strength by joining our new Sister Strength Monthly Giving program.


Since 2008, your dollars have allowed us to continue to grow our signature programs such as the PODS Meetup program, which reaches over 1,200 women annually, as well as maintain our online programs such as this e-newsletter and our website, which hosts over 440,000 visitors each year. Programming in 2016 and beyond will continue with existing and new programs, but we desperately need your support.


Set up your monthly gift today: Together we will build a stronger future for women with diabetes!

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