BOSTON, MA: June 23, 2014 – The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is proud to announce that it has received a $40,000 grant from the Lilly Grant Office to assist CDN in bridging clinical care and the patient experience for young adults with diabetes, by improving the quality of information and support available to this population.

The grant will support CDN in compiling a step-by-step guide of best practices for clinics and other organizations to host successful transition, or “Off to College”, events; as well as materials to make available to event attendees. CDN, its Clinical Advisory Committee, and its partners will create and publish these materials specifically for young adults with diabetes and their families. CDN has identified these transition events as being a key point of contact for this population, as young adults and their families begin to think about and prepare for college, and the independence that comes with it.

According to Christina Roth, CEO and Founder of the College Diabetes Network, the project is part of CDN’s Ecosystem Programming, which works to improve the overall experience of young adults with diabetes

“Transition events are important resources in the college preparation process, however, not enough of them exist, and with budget cuts and time constraints, many of these local clinics and organizations are opting not to host these events on a regular basis,”Another problem faced by the hosts of these events is that they are often not familiar with the best information to arm attendees with, how to structure the event itself, or the logistics of hosting such an event.”

About the College Diabetes Network

The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to empower and improve the lives of students living with Type 1 diabetes through peer support and access to information and resources. Originally founded by a college student in 2009, CDN addresses the unique challenges facing young adults with diabetes, from finding and connecting with peers, to better access to healthcare. Through CDN’s fast growth and innovative programming, it has emerged as a leader in supporting this underserved niche of the Type 1 population. For more information about CDN, visit




WINAHEAD is made up of representatives from twenty-nine institutions. Our members are professionals employed by two- and four-year colleges and universities who work directly with students with disabilities to ensure equal access to higher education. WIN indicates the geographic area we represent: Western Iowa and Nebraska. AHEAD is our national parent organization, the Association on Higher Education and Disability.
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