Contact with families of newly diagnosed children
Hospitals and endocrinologists routinely contact JDRF when a child is newly diagnosed with Type I. New families are introduced to JDRF with a “Bag of Hope“: a high-quality canvas backpack containing a glucometer and related supplies; a handbook for parents; story books, coloring books, and picture books; other educational materials, and Rufus the diabetic teddy bear, who doubles as a teaching aid for insulin injections. This year we expect to serve approximately 120 newly-diagnosed children.
Ongoing family-to-family outreach
Once the family is home from the hospital, JDRF matches the family with a volunteer mentor, typically a mentor from the same geographic area and/or with a child of about the same age. JDRF provides materials and training to mentor families, who can give practical advice on some common questions regarding diabetes at school, birthday parties, sleepovers, summer camp, etc. We expect 120 new children in the mentor program this year.
This outreach program is offered to anyone connected with type 1 diabetes. This new networking opportunity began in October. “Coffee Talk” will be held at Panera Bread, 3321 NW Expressway in OKC, every second Tuesday of the month from October-May at either 10:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. This is a great place to meet family members, friends or others affected by type 1 diabetes. The next “Coffee Talk” will be on Tuesday, November 13, at 6:00 p.m.
Training for School Personnel
JDRF provides training materials and a trainer for sessions with school nurses and other school personnel. This allows the school to feel more comfortable being responsible for children with Type I and gives families a greater sense of security.
Young Leadership Committee
More than 85 percent of people living with Type I are adults. Some, who were diagnosed as children, grew up involved in JDRF events or diabetes camp, and once they hit a certain age thereweren’t any other ways toget involved. Some Adult Type I’s have gone most of their livesmeeting any one else living with the disease; and some were diagnosed as an adult and never got the chance to feel “normal” by spending time with others who are just like them. Happy-hour mixers, family-friendly social events and volunteer opportunities, give adults living with T1D a place to meet people just like themselves living with similar issues as well as a place for the families of those adults to meet with others who love and care for an adult T1D.