Diabetes Advocacy Alliance

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Total cost of diabetes is up 48% in 5 years, rising from $218 billion in 2007 to $322 billion in 2012.

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DAA and Healthy People 2020 jointly sponsor webinar on diabetes and use of mobile health and interactive technologies. November 13, 2014. Free registration.

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DAA applauds USPSTF’s new draft recommendation for diabetes screening.

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Members of the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance™

Members of the DAA bring a variety of perspectives to addressing the many challenges that diabetes and prediabetes pose to the health of Americans and the US economy. They represent the points of view of patients, health care professionals, community-based nonprofit organizations, and corporations that provide life-enhancing products and services, all united by a desire to change the way diabetes and prediabetes are perceived, approached and treated.

Our members include:

Here are brief descriptions of each of the 20 members of the DAA, with links to their Web sites for more information:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), formerly the American Dietetic Association, is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. AND is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education, and advocacy. Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org.

One of the 28 Practice Groups of the AND is Diabetes Care and Education (DCE). The DCE Practice Group is a professional group that promotes quality diabetes care and education. DCE is comprised of dietetic professionals and other members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As leaders in the healthcare community, DCE members make positive contributions for people with diabetes and their families, the DCE membership, healthcare providers, other professional organizations, and industry partners.

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) represents more than 6,500 endocrinologists in the United States and abroad.  AACE is the largest association of clinical endocrinologists in the world.  The majority of AACE members are certified in Endocrinology and Metabolism and concentrate on the treatment of patients with endocrine and metabolic disorders including diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, growth hormone deficiency, cholesterol disorders, hypertension and obesity.  For more information about AACE, visit www.aace.com, become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theaace, or follow AACE on Twitter at www.twitter.com/theaace.

The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) is the educational and scientific arm of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). The American College of Endocrinology is a scientific, educational and charitable medical organization dedicated to promoting the art and science of clinical endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism for the improvement of patient care and public health.

American Association of Diabetes Educators

Founded in 1973, the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through education. With more than 12,000 professional members including physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners involved in the daily treatment of diabetes patients. Collectively, our alliances, member practitioner networks, and academic partners uniquely position AADE at the locus of change for the future treatment of diabetes. For more information, visit www.diabeteseducator.org. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/diabeteseducator, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AADEdiabetes, or get LinkedIn to AADE at http://t.co/b3wgvS1.

American Clinical Laboratory Association

The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) is a not-for-profit organization representing the leading independent providers of laboratory services in the United States. Its primary purpose is to advocate laws and regulations that recognize the essential role that laboratory services play in delivering cost-effective health care, encourage the highest standards of quality, service and ethical conduct among its members, and promote public awareness about the value of laboratory services in preventing illness, diagnosing disease, and monitoring medical treatment. For more information, visit www.acla.com.

American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to stop diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish.

American Medical Association (AMA)

With its mission to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health, the American Medical Association is dedicated to ensuring sustainable physician practices that result in better health outcomes for patients. This work is captured in the AMA’s five-year strategic plan. This plan aims to ensure that, as the nation’s health care system continues to evolve, enhancements to health care in the United States are physician-led, advance the physician-patient relationship, and ensure that health care costs can be prudently managed.

In launching a new initiative called "Improving Health Outcomes,” the AMA is committing its resources, expertise and reach to prevent heart disease and type 2 diabetes and to improving outcomes for those suffering from these diseases. The AMA believes a new approach is required: by focusing on health as well as medical care, and by strengthening links between the clinic and the community through novel strategies and collaborations, we can achieve a healthier nation.

To address type 2 diabetes, the AMA is focusing its attention and resources on prediabetes, a serious health condition that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. For more information, visit http://www.ama-assn.org/go/improveoutcomes.

American Optometric Association (AOA)

Doctors of optometry, Americas Family Eye Doctors, work as independent physician providers in concert with a host of other disciplines to give surety to the full range of health care services necessary for optimum health, reduced complications and improved and protected quality of life for individuals with or at risk of diabetes. The AOA and its 36,000 professional members, essential members of the diabetes team, have a long history of servicing the comprehensive vision and eye health care needs of populations, especially those disproportionally burdened by diabetes and other chronic diseases. Doctors of optometry (optometrists) serve patients, with or at risk of diabetes, in nearly 6,500 communities across the country, most likely, including your own. For more information, visit www.aoa.org.

American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)

Founded in 1912, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is the nation's leading and recognized professional organization for doctors of podiatric medicine (DPMs). DPMs, also known as podiatrists, are recognized as physicians and surgeons, qualified by their education, training and experience to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and structures of the leg. The medical education and training of a DPM includes four years of undergraduate education, four years of podiatric medical education at an accredited podiatric medical college, and two or three years of hospital residency training. APMA has 53 component organizations across the United States and its territories, with a membership of close to 12,000 podiatrists. All practicing APMA members are licensed by the state in which they practice podiatric medicine.

For more information about APMA, visit www.apma.org, become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theAPMA, or follow APMA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/apmatweets.

Endocrine Society

Founded in 1916, Endocrine Society is the world's oldest, largest, and most active organization devoted to research on hormones and the clinical practice of endocrinology. Today, Endocrine Society's membership consists of over 14,000 scientists, physicians, educators, nurses and students in more than 80 countries. Together, these members represent all basic, applied, and clinical interests in endocrinology. Endocrine Society is based in Chevy Chase, MD. To learn more about the Society, and the field of endocrinology, visit our web site at www.endo-society.org.

The Hormone Foundation, the Society's public education affiliate, is a leading source of hormone-related health information for the public, physicians, allied health professionals and the media. For more information, visit www.hormone.org.

Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC)

The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), a coalition of chief executives from all disciplines within American healthcare, is the exclusive forum for the nation's healthcare leaders to jointly develop policies, plans, and programs to achieve their vision of a 21st century system that makes affordable, high-quality care accessible to all Americans.

Members of HLC - hospitals, health plans, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, biotech firms, health product distributors, pharmacies and academic health centers - envision a quality-driven system that fosters innovation. HLC believes a multifaceted approach is necessary to create lasting changes that will increase the health of Americans while reining in costs. HLC supports legislation and regulations that help achieve these goals and is also a co-chair of the Medicare Diabetes Screening Project (MDSP; www.screenfordiabetes.org). For more information, visit www.hlc.org.

Medicare Diabetes Screening Project

The Medicare Diabetes Screening Project (MDSP) is a coalition of more than 20 national patient, provider, industry and government organizations – chaired by the American Diabetes Association, the Healthcare Leadership Council and Novo Nordisk. The MDSP is committed to promoting diabetes screening in Medicare and finding the undiagnosed. Older adults with risk factors for diabetes are eligible for a free annual screening from Medicare. The MDSP believes that the entry point for diabetes prevention is screening.

As a coalition we have conducted pilot projects in Georgia, New Hampshire, Minnesota and Mississippi to test organizing strategies and messaging to create replicable models for promoting screening in prevention. We have also given small grants to more than 35 local organizations around the country that have proposed and implemented inventive grassroots campaigns to promote Medicare diabetes screening and prevention in their communities. Visit www.screenfordiabetes.org for more information.

National Association of Chain Drug Stores

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) represents traditional drug stores, supermarkets, and mass merchants with pharmacies – from regional chains with four stores to national companies. NACDS is an effective advocate for pharmacy before all levels and branches of government, and with the media and healthcare policy opinion leaders. NACDS tells the story of the pharmacy as the "face of neighborhood healthcare," emphasizing its vital role in providing high-quality, accessible and cost-effective patient care. For more information, visit www.nacds.org.

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors is a non-profit membership network representing over 3,000 specialized chronic disease practitioners working in public health departments across all US states and jurisdictions to prevent and control chronic disease. We partner with government, private industry and other associations committed to fighting the chronic diseases that affect over 89% of all Americans. For more information go to www.chronicdisease.org

National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®)

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent a $93 billion health-care marketplace, have more than 315,000 employees including 62,400 pharmacists, and dispense over 41% of all retail prescriptions. NCPA works on Capitol Hill and in the courts to defend access to community pharmacists, a critical component of the health care system, and addresses a wide range of issues affecting community pharmacy, including issues related to access to DMEPOS and related counseling services, PBM transparency, and pharmacy reimbursement benchmarks. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.

National Kidney Foundation (NKF)

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) has been providing help and hope to kidney patients and their families since 1950. Today, with local offices across the country, NKF is meeting the growing public health challenge of chronic kidney disease with a range of vital programs and services for the public, patients and healthcare professionals, including public education through ongoing awareness campaigns; encouraging early diagnosis of chronic kidney disease through the Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP®); support for basic and clinical research; advocating for kidney patients with local, state and national legislators and other policy makers; and promoting organ and tissue donation. For more information, visit www.kidney.org.

Novo Nordisk Inc.

Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk. is a global healthcare company with 87 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. The company also has leading positions within hemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. For more information, visit www.novonordisk-us.com.

Pediatric Endocrine Society

The Pediatric Endocrine Society (PES) has over 1,200 members representing the multiple disciplines of Pediatric Endocrinology. The members are dedicated to research and treatment of children with endocrine disorders: reproductive, bone, thyroid, diabetes, obesity, growth, pituitary and adrenal. The Society works to promote the continuing education of its membership. For PES, please link to: www.pedsendo.org.

Results for Life

Results for Life, the educational arm of the American Clinical Laboratory Association, promotes the value of clinical laboratory testing in preventing illness, bettering health outcomes, and making the health care system more cost efficient. The Results for Life Campaign also emphasizes how innovative genetic testing is pushing the frontiers of medicine and improving the economy. For more information, visit www.labresultsforlife.org.

VSP Vision Care

VSP promotes the importance of annual eye exams for maintaining eye health and overall wellness, focusing on diabetes. The VSP GlobalSM companies include VSP Vision Care, the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the United States covering 56 million (1 in 6) Americans; Marchon® Eyewear Inc., one of the world's largest manufacturers, designers and distributors of quality fashion and technologically-advanced eyewear and sun wear; Eyefinity® which offer innovative solutions and the premier management software and technology to improve overall provider practice management and patient experience; VSP Optics Group, industry leaders in new technologies, production processes, service and logistics. VSP established a pioneering, national HIT platform for the capture of diabetes data and other chronic conditions. Since 1997, VSP has provided more than 619,400 low-income, uninsured children with free eye care.

YMCA of the USA

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) is the national resource office for the Y, one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but also to deliver, lasting personal and social change. For more information, visit www.ymca.net.