American Diabetes Association

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Address
2460 W. 26th Avenue, Suite 500C
Denver, CO 80214

Phone
720-855-1102

Website
www.diabetes.org/colorado

Area Executive Director
Jeff Bird, CO, MT, WY, UT & NV
jbird@diabetes.org

Year Established
1940

Service Area
We are the only organization dedicated to improving the lives of all people affected by diabetes. We lead the nation in creating a powerful community of care that is grounded in strong science and innovative thinking.

Mission Statement
Our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Our vision is a life free of diabetes and all its burdens.

Goals
1. Research: accelerating progress toward the next big discovery. We invest in research to break down barriers in care and cures, fill critical unmet needs and fuel a pipeline of the best and brightest diabetes researchers.
2. Advocacy: speaking up for all people with diabetes. Through education, negotiation, litigation and legislation, we ensure equal opportunity at school, work and play. We are the leader in advocating for increased government funding for diabetes research and programs, and for the public policies to prevent diabetes and enable everyone with diabetes to have the health insurance needed to manage the disease.
3. Health Care Excellence: fostering innovation, setting standards. As an authority and publisher of the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes, we provide the latest resources to health care practitioners to broaden the reach and deepen the quality of diabetes care for all.
4. Total Wellness: empowering individuals to prevent and manage diabetes. The Association is on the frontlines of patient education. We provide individuals with easy-to-understand health information and programs to improve outcomes.

Fundraising Events: 

Tour de Cure Colorado
September 9, 2017 • Parker, Colorado
Tour de Cure Colorado is a one-of-a-kind activity-filled community festival and fundraising event. Participants register to ride, walk or run as an individual or a team and fundraise for the American Diabetes Association. All routes end back at the Festival where community members are invited to join in the fun with entertainment and activities for all ages. There is a route for everyone at Tour including a 5K Walk/Run, 20K Ride, 50K Ride, 100K Ride and 100 Mile Century Ride. Tour de Cure Colorado will take place on September 9, 2017 in Parker, Colorado.

Father of the Year Gala
Father of the Year Gala recognizes men who have made family a priority while balancing demanding careers and community involvement. By honoring men who are leaders in the community, we are generating attention to the importance of fatherhood while raising crucial funds to support the mission of the Association.

Volunteer Opportunities: 

The American Diabetes Association provides a number of volunteer opportunities in order to expand our community outreach and impact, inspire healthy living, intensify our advocacy efforts, raise critical dollars to fund our mission, and uphold our reputation as the moving force and trusted leader in the diabetes community.

Giving Opportunities: 

There are many ways to contribute to the Association’s work to Stop Diabetes. Participation in our fundraising events supports local research and programs for all people affected by diabetes in Colorado. Membership is designed for people with diabetes, their families, friends and caregivers. Donations can be made any time online, over the phone or by mail. Opportunities to give monthly, make a Memorial Donation or make an Honor Donation are also ways to celebrate and remember loved ones affected by diabetes. Planned Giving, Giving Societies, Workplace Giving, Stock Donations, Vehicle Donations and other giving opportunities are also available throughout the year.

Generous donations from individuals and corporations allow the Association to fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; deliver services to hundreds of communities; provide objective and credible information; and give voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Funding is necessary to continue our crucial work to Stop Diabetes in Colorado, which includes:
Diabetes Camps – The Association’s annual week-long summer camp for 270 children ages 8-17 living with type 1 diabetes, as well as multiple day camps for children ages 5-17 living with type 1 diabetes. The goal of the Association Camps is to improve the lives of youth and teens with diabetes and help them cope with the physical and emotional challenges of living with diabetes.
Latino Initiatives – Unique and culturally appropriate programs which aim to increase awareness and build durable skills to support the reduction of diabetes and cardiovascular disease to underserved and uninsured Latinos in Colorado. Access to care is essential for the Latino Community, which is why we offer Medicaid and CHP+ assistance.
National Diabetes Prevention Program – The Association provides the evidence-based program that guides individuals diagnosed as having prediabetes through an intensive course that is proven to reduce and prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. Available in English and Spanish in both the community and corporate setting.
Wellness Lives Here presented by Centura Health – The Association’s workplace wellness initiatives available to employers who help to educate employees on living healthy and decreasing their risk for developing the disease and in turn lower the impact on employee health costs.

Board of Directors: 


COLORADO COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP BOARD:

Tiffany Osias

Andre du Plessis

Ann Wells, MD

Bridget Lovett

Michael McDermott, MD

Jay Allen

Andres Chaparro

Todd Evenson

Jack Feingold

Amy Fowler Stadler

Tim Hinchey, III

David Kleinman

Stephanie Loughner

Jane Okun Bomba

Doug Pogge

Megan Reeder-Holman

Jim Swayze

Todd Vanosdoll

David Wagner, PhD

Steve West

Laura Zimmerly

SOUTHERN COLORADO COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP BOARD:

Steve Garman

Michael Hendren

Munni Setty, M.D.

Kimberly Worth

Bill Bane

Donna Calhoon

Debbie Hinnen

Gene’ Henderson

Steve Kearney

Adrian Neal