Who is DPAC?
DPAC was co-founded and is run by patients with diabetes: Bennet Dunlap and Christel Marchand Aprigliano. DPAC welcomes all to join for better diabetes policy.
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 29 million Americans with diabetes.
People with diabetes are on the outside.
Together, we can change that.
The Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC) keeps policy makers’ attention on people with diabetes. Diabetes advocacy is like diabetes care; both are long-term processes with no quick fixes.
Diabetes is not “once and done,” so our advocacy can’t be either.
Policymakers will be tempted to try to check the “diabetes box” and move on. DPAC makes it easy for people with diabetes to hold them accountable with ongoing attention to safety, quality, and access issues.
There is good work being done in diabetes advocacy, but there are still gaps. Some issues do not fit the priorities of other organizations’ advocacy efforts, and there are others that need to be kept on the agenda consistently to gain traction. We will help fill those advocacy gaps.
People with diabetes are unique. We live diabetes every day. We are the constituents. Our policy makers need to understand that their decisions impact our lives every day. We all have a voice.
Our collective voices need to be amplified so that policymakers can hear them.
Succeeding with diabetes is hard enough, so our advocacy needs to be easy.
DPAC can help.
We make understanding the issues and contacting policy makers simple as a few clicks.
We are suggesting that a new level of urgency is needed to make decision makers understand the consequences of inaction or of accepting the status quo. The message needs to be delivered not by the organizational executives or the cadre of scientists. Their message has to be delivered by the informed stakeholder or patient.
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