Advocacy Launchpad

Diabetes Advocacy Launchpad

Welcome to the Diabetes Advocacy Launchpad. It’s a simple way to find opportunities to get involved in diabetes advocacy during Diabetes Awareness Month (November), and throughout the year. By compiling and summarizing all of the available advocacy programs in one place, we hope it will be easier to find the right one(s) for you. Feel free to share this list with friends or on social media. If there’s anything you feel we should add, please let us know at

While we hope to include as many submissions as possible, please note that all submissions will be subject to internal review and must be consistent with Tandem’s policies to be included.


The Big Blue Test is a program of the Diabetes Hands Foundation that inspires people to experience the impact that small changes can have on their health. To do the Big Blue Test, check your blood sugar, then exercise for at least 14-20 minutes, then check your blood sugar again. For every Big Blue Test that is logged, either through the website or the Big Blue Test app, $1 will be donated to diabetes charities in under-served communities.

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Glu is an active and diverse type 1 diabetes online community designed to accelerate research and amplify the collective voice of those living with T1D. Members can find and connect with others touched by diabetes, get involved as a citizen scientist to help accelerate research, and learn from discussions, articles, research and from each other.

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WalkWithD is a program to help people understand what it’s like to live with diabetes. Participation is simple: share your story, and connect with your peers. Using social media as your megaphone, show what your diabetes life is really like through blog posts, photos, tweets, status updates, and videos, and tag your stories with the #WalkWithD hashtag.

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ADA Step Out Walks take place in 125 cities nationwide. Visit their website to find one near you.

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JDRF One Voice is a summary of all the advocacy initiatives that JDRF is currently involved in. Find the one (or ones) that mean the most to you.

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Use this site to find information about your local JDRF Walk.

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Masterlab is a hub of resources and training materials for people who want to take their advocacy efforts to the next level, brought to you by the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

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The Juvenile Diabetes Cure Alliance (JDCA) advocates for substantial resources to be directed toward Practical Cure research. The target of this advocacy includes major diabetes charitable organizations and T1D research centers throughout the United States. In addition, the JDCA works with and provides information to donors who want their contributions to support T1D cure research and ensure that their gifts are being used solely for that purpose.

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Find out if there are any clinical trials that interest you using this government resource.

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The Diabetes Advocacy Alliance is working to influence change in the US health care system to improve diabetes prevention, detection and care and to speed the development of pathways to cures for diabetes. Find out more about their current initiatives at their website.

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The TCOYD Research Registry is a joint project to help advance knowledge and care from two national leaders in diabetes education and patient empowerment, Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) and the Behavioral Diabetes Institute (BDI). The Registry is a private list of people with diabetes who want to be informed about TCOYD and BDI research projects. Most research projects are easy-to-complete, anonymous, online surveys.

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This simple but powerful initiative asks people to wear blue on Fridays as a visible sign of hope and support for the diabetes community, and to share pictures of your outfit on social media using the #bluefridays hashtag.

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The Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition seeks to ensure the safety and quality of medications, devices, and services; and access to care for all 29 million Americans with diabetes. DPAC will help keep policy makers' attention on people with diabetes by keeping track of issues, opportunities and how to contact relevant officials to share your own story.

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Last year Insulin 4 All aimed to ‘Put the World Back’ in World Diabetes Day when they launched #insulin4all. This year they are forming a global force standing together to push for access to diabetes supplies, care, and treatment for all.

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Founded in February 2015, Beyond Type 1 creates and funds a portfolio of programs, technologies and innovations that those living with Type 1 diabetes need to manage, live and thrive. Their goal is to highlight the brilliance of those fighting this disease every day while always working toward ensuring a cure is on its way.

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Stay up to date

Use the following links to be notified of new advocacy opportunities from the following groups, either via email or text message.