For Diabetes Advocacy Alliance (DAA) member organization representatives, the DAA is a forum for sharing information and discussing strategy to advance policies and legislation that will benefit people with and at risk for diabetes. We meet quarterly and any DAA member can suggest agenda items or bring up points of view during our biweekly conference calls.
DAA members advocate with Congress and the Administration for policies and legislation that would help improve the health and well-being of people at risk for type 2 diabetes, increase rates of screening for diabetes, and improve the treatment and care of people with diagnosed diabetes. Topical areas include:
- National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP)
- Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP)
- Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT)
- Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT)
- Health equity
- The obesity/diabetes connection
- Digital health
- COVID-19 and diabetes and obesity
DAA members advocate for increased funding for:
- Basic and clinical diabetes research at the National Institutes of Health
- Translational research and implementation of programs at CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT)
- Ongoing funding of the Special Statutory Funding Program for Type 1 Diabetes Research, or Special Diabetes Program, which is a special appropriation for research on the prevention and cure of type 1 diabetes that the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) administers on behalf of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with multiple NIH Institutes and Centers and the CDC
- Ongoing funding of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians, coordinated by IHS Division of Diabeteswith guidance from the Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee, which provides funds for diabetes treatment and prevention to IHS, Tribal, and Urban Indian health programs across the United States.
The DAA also works to increase awareness of critical issues and information related to its advocacy priorities in a partnership with the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Healthy People 2030 program, with collaborations designed to raise awareness and support achievement of national diabetes objectives.