Two years ago, I had an a-ha moment (thanks, Dana) to moderate a (#dsma) twitter chat for people affected by diabetes. The twitter chat grew, and the need to reach out to others that may not follow the twitter chat grew heavy on us. In November 2010, DSMA Live: Continuing the Conversation was created, and recently, we added DSMA en Vivo, DSMA Live: Parents Talk and Christel (creator Diabetes Feed-the first diabetes podcast) joined/teamed up with DSMA team to provide DSMA: Diabetic Feed (more information soon). The Blue Fridays initiative continues to raise awareness for diabetes. What’s next for Diabetes Social Media Advocacy (DSMA)?
A year and a half ago, I had a discussion with Scott (husband) about possibly becoming a 501c3. I reached out to Bennet to see if he could help me with the administrative paperwork to start the process to become a 501c3. I stalled. There are millions of people affected by diabetes that do not have access to social media, what could we do to reach at least one of them? Where do we start? In January, I started attending a different advocacy event, forums, conferences and a health center in Kansas City, MO. Attending various events and listening to what the #dsma community said on a weekly basis helped me see what the next step would be for DSMA.
Prior to filing for a 501c3 the organization has to be incorporated and have a board of directors. I was not confident in becoming incorporated as Diabetes Social Media Advocacy. Social media play an enormous role in what we do, but it did not reflect the entire vision. I want to be able to create and provide a social and physical environment-on and offline for people affected by diabetes. I bounced a few names around with a lot of different people from diverse backgrounds. I decided to go with a name, but I wanted to pray about it before I made a decision.
The new name of our organization is Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation, Inc. it is a name that reflects our mission and vision statement, and our number one goal, which is keeping the diabetes community first.
Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation, Inc, is not for profit corporation that will be the organizing body that runs DSMA programs, like #DSMA twitter chat, DSMA Live, Blue Fridays Initiative, etc.
Our Mission is:
To connect, support, empower and educate people affected by diabetes.
A world where people living with diabetes lead happy, healthy lives supported by education, connections, and a community of peers.
The next step for Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation, Inc. is to continue to improve current programs, apply for our 501c3 and develop programs and projects for the future.
Thank YOU and the DSMA Team for being a part of supporting DSMA and helping to Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation, Inc. a reality. Cheers to the future:)
Thank you to the DSMA TEAM…You all ROCK!!!