CHICAGO, IL (December 2, 2020) - Under the guidance of its Board of Directors, DiabetesSisters has extended the suspension of all in-person meetings until June 30, 2021. DiabetesSisters volunteer peer support leaders and the community they serve will continue to have the opportunity to hold regular PODS Meetups using online or conference call platforms. Programs, including Minority Initiative outreach, will follow a virtual format.
As a national nonprofit with a large number of volunteer leaders in communities throughout the United States, striving to improve the health and quality of life for women with diabetes, DiabetesSisters continues its commitment to ensure safety for its staff, faculty, volunteer leaders, and members of peer support groups taking part in DiabetesSisters programs and activities.
“Women living with diabetes need peer support as much as ever. We provide that support safely through online methods, especially with the uncertainty the COVID-19 pandemic poses throughout the US and around the globe,” said Anna Norton, MS, CEO of DiabetesSisters. “Our Board of Directors agrees this is a safe course of action, and we continue to monitor the situation and update our policies as necessary.”
People living with any type of diabetes have been identified as a group that may face higher risks of complications when dealing with COVID-19. For the health and safety of its volunteer leaders, group members, faculty, and staff, DiabetesSisters is following recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
About the PODS Meetup Program:
Since 2010, the PODS (Part of DiabetesSisters) Meetup Program has offered monthly support to women living with any type of diabetes or prediabetes, providing a safe and non-judgmental place to discuss the successes and challenges of living with diabetes. Led by women living with diabetes, the groups offer true peer support focused on women and diabetes. The PODS Meetup Program reaches more than 2,000 women annually in person and online. Women age 18 and over, living with any type of diabetes or prediabetes, are invited to attend PODS Meetups.
A 501(c)3 nonprofit, DiabetesSisters is the only organization nationwide focusing exclusively on women living with diabetes. Our mission is to improve the health and quality of life of women living with and at risk of developing diabetes and to advocate on their behalf. DiabetesSisters has a nearly 50,000-member peer network that united women with diabetes for the purpose of support, education, and advocacy. Signature programs include monthly peer support meetings (PODS Meetups); the Minority Initiative Program; Annual Leadership Institute for volunteer leaders; online expert articles, blog posts, forums; and conferences. For more information, visit www.diabetessisters.org.