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About Us

Founded in 1999, the Virginia Diabetes Council is a 501(c) 3 non-profit based in Richmond, Virginia. Our team of dedicated and diligent volunteers possess a shared passion to help those affected by diabetes through providing valuable resources, quality care, and endless support. We strive to create bonds between people living with the disease, no matter the stage, so they don’t go through it alone. Virginia Diabetes Council is truly your one-stop resource to living a better life with diabetes.

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OUR MISSION

Raise Awareness. Build Collaboration. Promote Excellence in Education and Treatment.

OUR VISION

To become Virginia’s leading collaborative voice for diabetes awareness, education, and treatment.

Our Accomplishments

We’ve accomplished a lot since we were first established. With over 20 years of experience, we’re proud of our growth and the direction we’re headed. Take a look at where we started and help us reach our next milestone.

1999: Passage of legislation requiring insurance reimbursement for diabetes education and supplies.
2009: Recruited and hired first Executive Director.
2010: Received CDC’s Frankie Award for the development of a standardized diabetes action plan for emergency diabetes management in schools. Assisted Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation with Virginia Diabetes Network (DIN) by developing guidelines and standards for content. Updated the Diabetes Medical Management Form to be used in schools across Virginia.
2011: Hosted various best practice summits throughout Virginia. Partnered with Virginia Cooperative Extension to provide the Balanced Living with Diabetes program in the Tidewater area.
2012: Assisted with the implementation of Diabetes Local, a searchable database of diabetes resources available in all areas of the state.
2014: Published “Recommendations for Community-Based Screening for Prediabetes and Diabetes” in AADE White Paper, a publication with American Association of Diabetes Educators.
2016: Hired second Executive Director.
2017: Received funding from Virginia Department of Health to implement Diabetes Prevention Strategic Plan and increase capacity of diabetes education programs.
2017-2018: Established an updated Virginia Diabetes Council Strategic Plan. 
2018: Hired new Executive Director. Conducted a facilitated board retreat to reassess the mission, vision, and strategic direction of the Council. Rebranded and devloped a new logo.

Leadership

The VDC has an Executive Director who supports the Board (Chair, Chair-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Past Chair, At-large members) and is responsible for fundraising, community and public relations, human resource and financial management, and daily operations of the Council. The board, which leads and oversees the focus groups, collaborate with each other to address the needs of the state, including the implementation of diabetes prevention programs and increasing capacity of education programs.

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Scope of Work

In 2017-2018, Virginia Diabetes Council formed work groups to support Diabetes Prevention (DPP), Self-Management Education (DSME) programs, and diabetes in schools. We also supported diabetes messaging, data and resource sharing throughout Virginia. Overall, it was a highly productive year with a huge focus on collaboration, recruitment, and education.

BYLAWS

Please click here to view Virginia Diabetes Council's up-to-date bylaws.