APRIL 2021, ISSUE 150
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Dear DiabetesSister,

Last month, we celebrated our accomplishments and successes during Women's History Month. I am proud that the achievements of DiabetesSisters were included in Healthline's tribute to Great Women Who Have Made a Mark on Diabetes History. I'm also pleased to share the release of our co-authored article “It’s Time to Eliminate Racism and Fragmentation in Women’s Health Care”. This article is part of a multi-year partnership with Boston University’s School of Public Health, where we studied maternal mortality, postpartum chronic conditions, and racial disparities. It was an honor to celebrate women during the month of March, but at DiabetesSisters, it’s our duty and privilege to celebrate each of you every day. Dedication to women’s health is of utmost value and our community proves daily the tenacity, hard work, and results of putting one’s health first.

Another notable diabetes victory is the CDC has prioritized both type 1 and type 2 diabetes for the COVID-19 vaccine. For those of you who are interested in obtaining the vaccine, check your updated state guidelines.

Please continue to educate yourself on diabetes and all health matters. As we embark on a new season of Spring, consider a rebirth of your diabetes management plan, set or update your health goals, or learn about other women’s journeys. Enjoy this month's newsletter - until next month, please continue to stay safe!

In Sisterhood,
Anna Norton, MS, CEO
27 Triumphant (NOT Perfect!) Years THRIVING with Diabetes
We are proud of our collaboration on the Bridge the Chasm project. Check out the commentary to create a national agenda for research and action to close four chasms in birthing and address racism and fragmentation in women's health care.

Last month we looked at the history of our PODS Meetup Program. This month, we answer all of your questions about PODS Meetups today.

Advocating can take many forms and can include helping yourself or the diabetes community as a whole. Our toolkit has information on resources, legal protections, and types of advocacy to help get you started.

Our Experts have advice for dealing with non-medical switching, advocating for ourselves and others, and why language matters.
Mary has been living with diabetes for more than six decades and has seen many changes when it comes to diabetes management. One important thing she has learned is that she must continuously advocate for herself.

One in seven South Asian women in the US lives with diabetes. Our downloadable library resource discusses Important Things for South Asian Women To Know About Diabetes.

Connected in Motion is hosting its 2021 Virtual Slipstream Weekend on April 22-25. Learn from experts, share your experiences with peers, and build your diabetes community through Presentations, Workshops, Breakouts, and Activities.

Lilly recently announced a collaboration with Welldoc to integrate its BlueStar® insulin management app into Lilly’s connected insulin solutions.

*Lilly is a DiabetesSisters 2021 National Strategic Partner.
Our in-person PODS Meetups are currently suspended. Many of our groups, including those listed below, are staying connected by holding online or conference call meetings.
** We are grateful to Jazz Pharmaceutical for sponsoring our Zoom PODS platform.

Rochester (Westside), NY
April 5, 6:00 pm

Jacksonville, FL
April 5, 7:00 pm

Greater DC
April 5, 7:00 pm

Holden/Worcester, MA
April 7, 7:00 pm

Durham, NC
April 8, 5:30 pm

Clifton Park, NY
April 10, 10:00 am

Austin, TX
April 10, 10:30 am
Greater Phoenix, AZ
April 10, 3:00 pm

Denver, CO
April 10, 5:00 pm

Ventura /San Fernando, CA
April 12, 6:30 pm

Providence / Braintree
April 12, 7:00pm

Princeton, NJ
April 14, 7:00 pm

Greater Ohio
April 15, 7:30 pm
Old Bridge, NJ
April 16, 10:30 am

Chesapeake 2, VA
April 17 11:00 am

Reno, NV
April 20, 6:30 pm

Bridgewater, NJ
April 21, 7:00 pm

Reno (Daytime), NV
April 22, 10:00 am

Providence / Braintree
April 26, 7:00pm

Boston (Metrowest), MA
April 29, 7:00 pm