Our mission is to unite and align key diabetes stakeholders and the larger diabetes community around key
diabetes-related policy and legislative efforts in order to elevate diabetes on the national agenda.

Past Activities

On December 10, 2015, the DAA and Healthy People 2020 co-hosted a webinar on the topic of diabetes self-management education and support (DSME/T). This webinar had the second largest number of participants (at 1,400+) ever recorded for a Healthy People webinar. Participants included public health and clinical care professionals, among others. To listen to a recording of the webinar, click here.


In September 2015, the DAA and Health People 2020 staff convened a meeting of DAA members and representatives of several federal government agencies, to share and discuss information on these topics:

  • Harmonization and alignment of diabetes screening recommendations;
  • Research data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on new cost-effectiveness analyses related to diabetes screening;
  • Update on diabetes research, from the director of the diabetes research program at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health;
  • Report of Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) activities related to diabetes prevention;
  • Briefing on the Prevent Diabetes: STAT initiative of the American Medical Association and the CDC;
  • Briefing on digital therapeutics and their application for diabetes prevention; and
  • Activities of chronic disease directors at the state level to expand the National Diabetes Prevention Program


The DAA exhibited at the Healthy Aging Summit held on July 27-28, 2015 in Washington, DC. This meeting was co-sponsored by ODPHP and the American College of Preventive Medicine and attracted more than 1,000 public health professionals and health care clinicians, among others. The DAA prepared and presented a 4’ X 6’ poster, which can be viewed here, that dramatically helped raise awareness of issues of concern to patients with diabetes and prediabetes who are entering into Medicare. Some patients face challenges with insurance reimbursement for education, equipment and supplies to which they had access prior to entering into Medicare.

To help them self-manage their disease and increase interaction with health care providers, people with diabetes are using interactive and mobile technologies. The Diabetes Advocacy Alliance and Healthy People 2020 co-sponsored a webinar on November 13, 2014, to help increase awareness of what’s working and what’s available for patients and health care providers. More than 1,100 clinicians and public health professionals, among others, took part in the 90-minute session.


In May 2014, the organizations convened a meeting of DAA members and representatives of several federal government agencies, to share and discuss new diabetes-related research. Topics included:


On November 13, 2013, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), in collaboration with the DAA, held a Healthy People 2020 Spotlight on Health Webinar focused on type 2 diabetes prevention. More than 1,100 individuals from the public health and clinical care communities participated in this Webinar.


In April 2012, the DAA participated in Healthy People’s 2012 National Health Promotion Summit in Washington, DC. The DAA presented information about diabetes and the work of the DAA that supports the achievement of Healthy People 2020 objectives for diabetes.