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Underrepresented Communities and Navigating the System

Underrepresented Communities and Navigating the System

Seven years after my diagnosis my brother was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes which made the already bad financial burden worse. Although all people with diabetes struggle with how expensive diabetes can be, immigrants and people of color often do not have access to quality health insurance (or any access) so they are less likely to benefit from advanced diabetes technology. As I got older I began to understand how difficult it is to navigate a system that makes it harder for people in underrepresented communities to get adequate care. Read more

Why MODY Should be Included in #insulin4all

Why MODY Should be Included in #insulin4all

Most people don’t know the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, let alone that there are more than 2 types. I have a form of diabetes called Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young, or MODY for short. MODY is a genetic form of diabetes caused by a gene mutation or a gene deletion. Read more

Insulin is a Right for Incarcerated People with Diabetes

Insulin is a Right for Incarcerated People with Diabetes

It is time to recognize that incarcerated people with diabetes are particularly vulnerable to insulin insecurity. #insulin4all is more than a hashtag: It is a rallying call to everyone impacted by insulin inaccessibility, and a mournful cry for all who have lost their lives while insulin remains clearly in view, but cruelly out of reach. It’s a demand for justice for everyone who needs insulin to survive, including incarcerated people with diabetes. We must find ways to meaningfully include and involve this population in our activism. Read more

Dexcom G6: Available to who?

Dexcom G6: Available to who?

But again, we must ask: who is this available to? This technology requires a prescription, and we know that Black and Brown communities are being offered access at much lower rates than their white peers. I am a Black woman with a family history of type 2 that puts me at greater risk of developing it. Interestingly, despite having several family members with type 2 diabetes, my child with type 1 is the first person that has CGM technology, and that was because I pushed for it. Read more

T1International Statement on Freeze of Executive Actions

T1International Statement on Freeze of Executive Actions

On January 20, President Biden issued a freeze on all new regulations that former President Trump had not finished implementing so his administration would have a chance to evaluate them and decide whether they should go into effect. These freezes are standard practice for a new administration taking over for a president of the opposite party; President Trump implemented a similar freeze on his first day in office in 2017. Read more

T1International Year in Review: 2020

T1International Year in Review: 2020

What a year we had as a community and as an organization in 2020. There were many global challenges, as always, and COVID-19 had huge impacts across the world. Below is a taste of what, thanks to our advocates and supporters, we achieved. Read more

T1International Statement on Appointments by President-elect Biden

T1International Statement on Appointments by President-elect Biden

On November 16, it was first reported that President-elect Biden will appoint Steve Ricchetti as one of his counselors in the White House. We are disappointed that the President-elect would choose a former lobbyist for Eli Lilly and Sanofi to serve in such a senior post in his administration. Read more

Creativity and Activism: Another World is Possible

Creativity and Activism: Another World is Possible

Here are five reasons - showcasing #insuiln4all and other social change movements around the world - why joining art, creativity and activism together is so powerful. It fosters self-expression, community building, activation, it is inspiring and attention grabbing, and it leads activists to better engage with the media. Read more

T1International, Minnesota #insulin4all, and Partners Submit Amicus Brief for Alec Smith Bill

T1International, Minnesota #insulin4all, and Partners Submit Amicus Brief for Alec Smith Bill

There is an insulin rationing crisis in the United States, driven by the high price of this life-saving medication. Research indicates that one-quarter of people with diabetes have to ration their insulin because of the cost, and rationing puts patients at greater risk of health complications, including death. In Minnesota, advocates responded to the deaths of Alec Raeshawn Smith and Jesimya David Scherer-Radcliff by fighting to pass the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act, which was the first in the nation to establish a program for patients with diabetes to purchase the insulin they need at an affordable price. After years of work, this bill was signed into law by Governor Tim Walz on April 15, 2020. Read more

What is the Price? - ¿Cuál es el Precio?

What is the Price? - ¿Cuál es el Precio?

I wrote this piece for an AP Spanish assignment, but it took me on a deeper journey than I expected. I learned not just about the price of insulin but also how it affects people’s decision making, their accessibility taking priority over general wellbeing. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage month, I wanted to share this in English and Spanish, to give the Hispanic community, especially here in the USA, the representation they well deserve. Read more