The Nevada Diabetes Association

Our Mission

The Mission of the Nevada Diabetes Association and California Diabetes Association is to improve the lives of children and adults affected by diabetes through prevention, education and service.

Our Goal

The goal of the NDA is to provide programming that will help avoid complications that this disease causes for children and adults. We offer diabetes education camping programs, diabetes support programs, diabetes seminars/ workshops, printed and electronic diabetes educational resources, emergency insulin and diabetes supply programming.

Our Purpose

Until there is a cure, we are here to help!

Our History

The Nevada Diabetes Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in April 1997. The organization was formed from the merger of the Diabetes Educational Center founded in 1980 and the Nevada Children’s Diabetes Association to meet a broad spectrum of needs for diabetes services in Nevada and neighboring California communities.

In 1998, the NDA supported one camp program for children with diabetes, ages 8 to 12, at Lake Tahoe. We now have 2 week long resident camps, a week-end family camp, a week-end teen camp, a family support program and free family education programs. The programs help children deal with living with diabetes, educates them to become self sufficient in managing their condition and instills confidence. These programs also help families learn important skills which in turn successfully helps their child. It also relieves many concerns parents have about raising a child with a chronic and potentially life threatening condition.

In 1999, the NDA held its first all day diabetes continuing education (CE) program. Continuing Medical Education programs were discontinued in 2008.

In 2000, the NDA received a grant from the State of Nevada Diabetes Control Program to develop a Nevada Diabetes Resource Directory and Guidelines for Children with Diabetes in School. The Resource Directory and Guidelines are updated annually to keep information and resources current. This was also the year that we established Camp Vegas our 2nd resident Camp Program.

Diabetes Today Training

The NDA is also a part of the CDC’s Diabetes Today Training Program that utilizes this resource to develop community based programs for the prevention and detection of diabetes. The “Defeat Diabetes Project” is an example of the type of program that creates partnerships to meet the goal of reducing the burden of diabetes in our communities and state. “Defeat Diabetes” partners included the NDA, HAWC Clinic, Nevada Hispanic Services, Reno Host Lions Club, Saint Mary’s and the Washoe District Health Department. The project targets the Hispanic Community as well as other high risk and at risk populations providing information, educational handouts and free diabetes screenings. The protocol for this program has been made available to and duplicated by other organization throughout the state.

In 2001, the NDA became a licensed site for the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-management Program. This training provided the NDA with the ability to facilitate the program in Nevada and train leaders for the program. Two day Camp Programs were also established in 2001. One in Reno and one in Las Vegas,
Grants from the State of Nevada Diabetes Control Program to the NDA, brought the “Lighten-Up” program from the Medical School of South Carolina to meet the needs of the African American community. This program uses faith-based principles along with health messages to reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and stoke and help those who may have these conditions avoid complications.

In May of 2002, the NDA established a regional Board of Directors and office in Clark County, NV and took over support of the DCAF (Diabetes in Children and Families) Support Group. The NDA supports an annual DCAF Health Fair, Summer Family Picnic and Holiday Party. During the same year, the organization received a grant from the State of Nevada Tobacco funds to facilitate the Chronic Disease Self Management Program statewide for a 2 year period. Twenty-one teams were trained and licensed to offer the program at various sites throughout the state.

Since 2002, the NDA has grown its programs to include the “Small Changes Big Rewards” program, “Eye of the Eagle” program and “Surviving the Holidays” These programs are made available to businesses, organizations and individuals free of charge. They have enabled the NDA to establish numerous partnerships across the state and further reduce the incidence of diabetes and its complications in both adults and children. The “Eye of the Eagle” program was the first program developed by a non-profit from Nevada to be selected for presentation at the 2006 CDC Diabetes Translation Conference.

In 2007, the NDA expanded staffing to include an Executive Director for our Southern Nevada office and brought the management of our camp programs in house by hiring a Director of Camps. These additions to our staff enable the organization to closely manage and oversee the programs we offer.

In 2008 the NDA implemented a teen camp program sponsored in part by the Reno Rodeo Foundation and the Injection Connection Program for Teens in Southern Nevada. The Savvy Patient Program was also started as a pilot program for adults dealing with diabetes and other chronic health conditions.

In 2010 plans were started to have a Teen Injection Connection in Reno, explore partnerships to address Diabetes Peripheral Neuropathy and provide an ongoing adult diabetes support and education program at a local Adult Residence Center.

In 2011 the Northern Nevada Injection Connection was started. A partnership with Pfizer Inc. created a program to address DPN. In addition the NDA established under its 501(c)3 registered as a nonprofit cooperation in California the California Diabetes Association.

The NDA maintains its Internet presence and is part of the global community providing information on diabetes, resources and referrals.