This weekend, I was honored to be a part of a group of bloggers heading to Washington, DC, to be part of JDRF’s Government Day — actually a four-day event that is “part training session, part research update, part networking opportunity, and part celebration of our JDRF’s Advocacy Program.”
I was there along with active online advocates Mike Hoskins, Scott Johnson, Kelly Kunik, Kelly Rawlings, Cherise Shockley, Scott Strange, Kerri Sparling, and Kim from Texting My Pancreas. We had a great time meeting with volunteers on JDRF’s Advocacy and Government Relations teams, sharing with them what we do here in the Diabetes Online Community, and how and why they should be a part of it, too. We made a lot of friends and we hope to see them here soon!
We also had a wonderful meeting with Jeffrey Brewer, the new CEO and President of JDRF, who recently made some statements about the new direction of the organization that sent shockwaves through the diabetes community.
I spent the better part of the conference traipsing around with my , interviewing some of the advocates who meet with Members of Congress on our behalf and capturing as much of the event as I could.
Here’s what happened: