Diabetes Organizations

This directory lists additional voluntary, governmental, and private organizations involved in diabetes-related activities. Some organizations offer services to people with diabetes and their families and friends.

Diabetes Care and Education Practice Group

216 W. Jackson Blvd, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
(312) 899-0040, ext. 4813
(800) 366-1655 (Consumer Nutrition Hotline)

DCEPG, a special interest group within The American Dietetic Association, is composed of registered dietitians and other professionals who provide diabetes nutrition care and education services. The group promotes professional standards to strenghten and expand the role of the professional dietitian in diabetes practice; responds to the needs of diabetes organizations and industry with regard to diabetes nutrition issues; promotes clinical and educational research to improve diabetes management; develops guidelines for the nutritional management of diabetes; and maintains a network of practicing dietitians available for consultation services to health professionals and people with diabetes.

Publications: DCEPG publishes two newsletters, Newsflash and On the Cutting Edge; review papers and bibliographic resources in the area of diabetes and nutrition: guides for professionals and patients; an exercise kit for patients; and nutrition guides for ethnic and regional foods.

Diabetes Research and Training Centers (DRTCs)

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases supports six DRTCs. These centers offer continuing education, seminars, and workshops on diabetes management for health care professionals; an array of tested evaluation and assessment instruments; professional expertise in developing and implementing diabetes programs in a variety of settings; and patient referral. DRTCs are located at major medical centers affiliated with universities.

Publications: Individual centers produce a variety of educational materials, including audiovisuals for health care professionals. For additional information about DRTC materials and programs, contact individual centers listed below.

Einstein/Montefiore DRTC

1300 Morris Park Avenue
Belfer 1308
Bronx, NY 10461
(718) 430-2646

Indiana University DRTC

Regenstrief Institute, 5th Floor
1001 West 10th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 630-6375

Michigan DRTC

G1205 Towsley Center, Box 0201
University of Michigan Medical Centers
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0201
(313) 763-1426

University of Chicago DRTC

Center for Research in Medical Education and Health Care
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 6091
Chicago, IL 60637
(312) 753-1310

Vanderbilt University DRTC

Vanderbilt Medical Center
305 Medical Arts Building
Nashville, TN 37232-2230
(615) 322-4257 or 322-6001(answering service)

Washington University DRTC

Diabetes Education Center
4444 Forest Park
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 286-1900

Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
TISB Mail Stop K-13
4770 Buford Highway, NE
Atlanta, GA 30341-3724
(404) 488-5080

An agency of the Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services, CDC develops public health approaches to reduce the burden of diabetes in the United States. The agency supports diabetes control programs in 26 states and 1 territory; carries out state and national surveillance activities to assess diabetes prevalence, impact, and possible contributing factors; develops consensus guidelines for clinical and public health practice; supports community-based preventive programs for minority populations and the elderly; and coordinates Federal activities concerned with translating research findings into clinical practice, including issues related to cost and reimbursement practices, disability, and quality of life.

Publications: CDC distributes a practice manual for primary care practitioners and a companion guide for patients, surveillance reports, and guidelines on patient education, educational reimbursement, and maternal and child health. State programs have produced patient and professional publications.

Indian Health Service (IHS)

IHS Headquarters West
Central Diabetes Program
5300 Homestead Road N.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 837-4182

An agency of the Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services, IHS supports 17 model Diabetes Health Care Programs serving Native Americans and Alaskans. These programs develop and evaluate effective and culturally accepted prevention and treatment methods for diabetes and its complications. Diabetes control officers in each IHS region provide surveillance, training, and other services to promote the use of techniques recommended by the program.

Publications: The model programs and the IHS produce culturally relevant publications for native populations, including nutrition guides, complication-specific educational materials, and guides for professionals. Publications are available only to persons working with Native American or Alaskan populations.

International Diabetes Center

3800 Park Nicollet Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55416
(888) 825-6315

Part of the Park Nicollet Clinic, the International Diabetes Center offers education classes for people with diabetes and training programs for health professionals. The programs for health professionals focus on team management of diabetes. IDC also provides inpatient and outpatient treatment services in adult and pediatric clinics, supports clinical research to assess new diabetes care systems and approaches, conducts psychosocial research, and supports an affiliate network of specialized diabetes programs nationwide.

Publications: The organization publishes nutrition guides for patients, low-literacy patient education booklets, curriculum for health professionals, and general publications related to diabetes. Their Fast Food Facts book, available in our Bookstore , has complete nutrition information on more than 2,000 menu items.

International Diabetes Federation (IDF)

Rue Defacqz B-1000
Brussels, Belgium
011-328-538-51-14 fax

IDF collaborates with more than 100 member associations in over 80 countries, the World Health Organization, and other affiliated organizations and individuals to ensure that people with diabetes receive quality treatment and education services.

Publications: IDF publishes a newsletter, a journal entitled IDF Bulletin, the Directory 1991: A Guide to the Activities of Member Diabetes Associations, as well as other publications.

Joslin Diabetes Center

One Joslin Place
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 732-2400

The Joslin Diabetes Center offers inpatient and outpatient treatment, education, and other support services to adults and children with diabetes; provides professional medical education; sponsors camps for children with diabetes; and supports research to improve treatment and find a cure for diabetes and its complications. The center is affiliated with Harvard Medical School and a number of hospitals in the Boston area and operates affiliated clinics in several states. The Joslin Diabetes Center is one of six Diabetes Endocrinology Research Centers supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Publications: Joslin produces a variety of educational materials for patients and professionals, including manuals, nutrition guides, materials for children with diabetes, and films. The Joslin Magazine is issued quarterly to members of the Joslin Society.

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC)

1 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3560

NDIC is a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, which is the government’s lead agency for diabetes research. The clearinghouse functions as an information, educational, and referral resource for health professionals, people with diabetes, and the general public.

Publications: NDIC offers a variety of publications for use by the general public, people with diabetes, and health professionals. Publications include guides for patients and professionals, bibliographies, reports, and fact sheets. The clearinghouse also publishes the newsletter Diabetes Dateline and maintains the diabetes subfile of the Combined Health Information Database, available through BRS Online.

National Eye Institute (NEI)

National Eye Health Education Program
Box 20/20
Bethesda, MD 20892
(800) 869-2020 or (301) 496-5248

NEI, one of the National Institutes of Health, supports basic and clinical research to develop effective treatments for diabetic eye disease. The institute’s National Eye Health Education Program promotes public and professional awareness of the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of diabetic eye disease.

Publications: NEI produces patient and professional education materials related to diabetic eye disease and its treatment, including literature for patients, guides for health professionals, and education kits for community health workers and for pharmacists.

Novo Nordisk

Novo Nordisk
Bagsvaerd State 2880

Novo Nordisk produces human insulin and insulin pens, among other health products. Their web site contains good basic information on diabetes.