State of Diabetes Briefing on Capitol Hill

On Monday, March 11, 2019, Children with Diabetes, in partnership with nine other organizations, will brief new members of Congress and their staff on the state of diabetes in the United States. The briefing will be held in Room 2168 (Gold Room) of the Rayburn House Building from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.

Serving as Master of Ceremonies will be Ken Moritsugu, MD, MPH, FACPM, RADM, USPHS (Ret), Chairman, Children with Diabetes. Dr. Moritsugu will share his perspective as former Acting Surgeon General of the United States and as a person living with type 1 diabetes.

The faculty includes:

  • Tracey D. Brown, Chief Executive Officer, American Diabetes Association, who will present the 2018 American Diabetes Report, The Economic Burden of Diabetes in the US
  • Gary Puckrein, PhD, CEO and President, National Minority Quality Forum, who will present on Disparity Population Communities & Economic Impact to Medicare
  • Christel Marchand Aprigliano, MS, CEO, Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition, who will present on Challenges with Access, Quality, and Safety

Available to answer questions will be an advocacy panel comprised of:

  • Jesse Bushman, Senior Director, Health Policy, JDRF
  • Kate Sullivan Hare, Chief Public Affairs Officer, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
  • George Huntley, Founding Board Member & Treasurer, National Diabetes Volunteer Leadership Council
  • Christina Roth, CEO and Founder, The College Diabetes Network
  • Meredith Dyer, Director, Health Policy, Endocrine Society
  • Kathy Gold, CDE, MSN, RN, Advocacy Committee Chair, American Association of Diabetes Educators

Leaders of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus urge new Congressional members to join the Congressional Diabetes Caucus and support the Special Diabetes Program.

Participating Organizations


Children with Diabetes focuses on care today, so we are ready for a cure tomorrow. As an advocate and global resource, we provide support, education and inspiration to empower families and all people living with diabetes to enjoy healthy, enriched lives.

The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

The National Minority Quality Forum is a research and educational organization dedicated to ensuring that high-risk racial and ethnic populations and communities receive optimal health care. This nonprofit, nonpartisan organization integrates data and expertise in support of initiatives to eliminate health disparities.

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 Americans with diabetes.

JDRF is the world’s largest nonprofit funder of T1D research. Our in-house scientists oversee a diverse portfolio of research tracks, leaving no stone unturned in our search for a cure.

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists is a professional community of physicians specializing in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism committed to enhancing the ability of its members to provide the highest quality of patient care.

The National Diabetes Volunteer Leadership Council is committed to improving the safety and quality of life for all children, adults and their families who are living with diabetes.

The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is singularly focused on providing young adults with T1D the peer connections they value, and expert resources they need, to successfully manage the challenging transition to independence at college and beyond.

Endocrine Society  is a global community 18,000 strong energized by the promise of unraveling the mysteries of hormone disorders to care for patients and cure disease.

AADE is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through innovative education, management, and support. With more than 14,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, exercise specialists, and others.