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Briefing on Diabetes Self-Management Training Policy

  • 122 Cannon House Office Building (map)

Lions Clubs International and the Congressional Diabetes Caucus are hosting a Briefing on Diabetes Self-Management Training Policy on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., in the Cannon House Office Building, Room 122.

WHERE: Cannon House Office Building, Room 122
WHEN: May 15, 2019, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

This lunch panel discussion will highlight the growing and costly health problems associated with diabetes, and the increasing importance of self-management, such as physical activity, diet, monitoring blood glucose levels and the appropriate use of medication.  Diabetes costs the U.S. economy roughly $327 billion annually—more than any other disease.  People with diabetes have health care costs 2.3 times greater than those without diabetes. In addition, one in four health care dollars and one in three Medicare dollars are spent treating diabetes and its complications, which can include kidney disease, blindness, and amputations. Diabetes is also a major cause of heart disease and stroke.

Diabetes self-management training (DSMT) is a critical part of improving self-care behavior and increasing the knowledge necessary to help reduce risks for diabetes complications.  Federal policy to encourage more widespread use of DSMT for Medicare beneficiaries with newly diagnosed diabetes will be part of the discussion.

This event is open to the press and there will be time for questions and answers. RSVP contact cdewitt@potomacstrategic.com


  • Christel Marchand Aprigliano, MS – CEO, Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition

  • Charles Macfarlane, FACHE, CAE – CEO, American Association of Diabetes   Educators


  • Gary Brown, International Director, Lions Clubs International, Cape Vincent, NY

A box lunch will be served. For more information about this briefing, please contact Natalie Brain, manager of global advocacy, Service Activities Division, Lions Clubs International at 630.468.6893 or Natalie.brain@lionsclubs.org.

About Lions Clubs International
Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. More than 1.4 million members in over 48,000 clubs are serving in 200 countries (including 305,000 citizens in North America) and geographic areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions have strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects, and we are able to extend our service impact through the generous support of our Lions Clubs International Foundation. We are focused on supporting sight, hunger, the environment, childhood cancer and our new global cause, diabetes, to help address some of the biggest challenges facing humanity.

Lions have set an ambitious goal of helping 200 million people per year so we can bring even more service to more people than ever before. In addition to the service provided by local Lions clubs, the Lions’ service mission is also supported by more than 850 state and local Lions charities and foundations that operate programs to support camps for children with diabetes; to renovate, equip and expand existing diabetes care centers; train clinical and nonclinical individuals on diabetes care and diabetes education and support; and organize screening camps that have demonstrated links to comprehensive follow-up care.

For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit lionsclubs.org.

About Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition

The Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC) is an alliance of people with diabetes, caregivers, patient advocates, health professionals, disease organizations and companies working collaboratively to promote and support public policy initiatives to improve the health of people with diabetes. DPAC seeks to ensure the safety and quality of medications, devices, and services; and access to care for all 30.3 million Americans with diabetes. 

For more information about DPAC, visit http://diabetespac.org.

American Association of Diabetes   Educators

AADE is an interdisciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving prediabetes, diabetes and cardiometabolic care through innovative education, management, and support. With more than 14,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, exercise specialists, and others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners working with people who have, are affected by, or are at risk for diabetes.

For more information about AADE, visit www.diabeteseducator.org.