DPAC Patient Advisory Board
After this year’s tumultuous ride in diabetes policy advocacy, you may feel like we need a break.
Nope. This is when we mobilize – and we need you. We have so much work still to do, especially in the states where bills are introduced to stop insurers from switching our medications.
If you are interested in rolling up your sleeves and helping to guide our community in diabetes policy advocacy, we have a new way for you to help make things happen and raise our voices.
What is the DPAC Patient Advisory Board?
The DPAC Patient Advisory Board (PAB) will be a diverse group of people from the diabetes community who support DPAC’s mission and further its goals. From identifying and weighing in on diabetes policy advocacy issues on a federal and state level to advising on educational training content, the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition’s PAB will play an integral role in ensuring the diabetes patients’ voices are heard. These members will represent DPAC at policy meetings, testimonies, and events that need a personal diabetes perspective.
DPAC was founded by patients in the diabetes community to ensure that there was a trusted voice that represented all 30.3 million American families impacted by diabetes in the United States.It is important to DPAC that all facets of our community are represented, since people being personally invested in our voice is essential. Drawing from all corners of our community, we seek parents, patients, and significant others from all types of diabetes.
The diverse viewpoints from the DPAC PAB members will ensure that DPAC representing all voices of the diabetes community. The input from the PAB will help ensure that DPAC continues to be the foremost organization in the diabetes advocacy space.
How Can You Get Involved?
We’re looking for people to join the DPAC PAB now! You can apply by filling out a short application, which will ask for you to answer a few questions. Applications are open between now and March 15th.
In order to ensure transparency and promote DPAC as the trusted patient advocacy voice, there are a few requirements for being a PAB member. If selected, you will:
- Attend online meetings quarterly
- Promote DPAC policy efforts and calls for campaign participation
- Be able to travel a minimum of once per year to Washington, D.C. for policy advocacy training or meetings on Capitol Hill
- Act as spokespeople in DPAC’s advocacy efforts, and promote DPAC’s mission and efforts within their own online and in-person communities
- Be independent from conflicting diabetes advocacy messaging to ensure there is no fiduciary conflict of interest. (You can review DPAC’s statements here.)
- Be U.S. citizens and registered voters over the age of eighteen. (We know there are some teens out there who’d be great advocates for DPAC, and we’re planning volunteer opportunities for youth advocates soon!)
We know that as a strong community, we’ve already done so much.
Let’s make sure that our policy makers continue to hear from us!