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Jan 26, 2017
Time now for the third and final part of my conversation with Christel Marchand Aprigliano.  If you haven't yet listened to the first two parts of our chat, please go back after this episode and listen to them, because they are well worth your time.

In this episode, we talk about Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition,or DPAC.  Christel and Bennet Dunlap started DPAC as a way to help amplify the voice of the patient to elected officials and policy makers.  They provide a slew of tools that empower friends, family, and fellow advocates to take action on a number of diabetes-centric issues.  Often, in less than one minute.

Note: I volunteered with DPAC in 2016, and plan to do so again in 2017. 
Also, I should mention that this interview was recorded after the November 2016 election, but prior to the beginning of the 115th U.S. Congress in 2017.
 
Thanks so much to Christel for sitting down for this conversation.  Enjoy, and get your advocacy on!

Reference Material - Click below for more information on this topic

Christel Marchand Aprigliano writes about diabetes at:
ThePerfectD.com
 
You can connect with Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition, or DPAC, at:
DiabetesPAC.org
 
Jan 12, 2017

Welcome back to Diabetes By The Numbers.

Today, I feature the second part of my conversation with Christel Marchand Aprigliano.  In this episode, we talk about one of the hot button issues of the day-- insulin pricing.

We cover a recent meeting between insulin makers and diabetes advocates, and developments on pricing announced by two of those insulin makers since that meeting took place in November of 2016.

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Reference Material - Click below for more information

Christel Marchand Aprigliano writes about diabetes at:
ThePerfectD.com

You can connect with Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition, or DPAC, at:
DiabetesPAC.org

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Stephen Shaul

Jan 6, 2017
I can't tell you how excited I am to finally share a conversation with Christel Marchand Aprigliano.  In three parts.
 
Christel, as I mention in the introduction, is a force in the diabetes world.  Until there isn't a diabetes world any longer, we can only hope to have advocates like her who get in the trenches and fight for the things that are important to those of us living with this disease.
 
In part two of our conversation, you'll hear about one of the hot topics of the day, insulin pricing, where roles are slightly reversed, and I'm the feisty one.  Part three will cover Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition, and how using the easy button can help you get your diabetes advocacy started, and up your diabetes advocacy, all in less than two minutes.  Those episodes are still to come, and you're not going to want to miss them.
 
Today, we talk about the unique gathering known as the Diabetes UnConference.  Christel covers all the things that make the UnConference life-affirming.  We discuss the No Social Media policy that exists during the sessions on Saturday and Sunday, and why that is so important to attendees.  And Christel admits that her intentions in creating the UnConference were not entirely altruistic (her words, not mine).  She needs it just as much as the rest of us.
 
If you’re in a place in your walk with diabetes where you could use some space to vent, or learn, share, and meet new friends, whether diabetes has been in your life for days, weeks, months, or years, this is the podcast episode you’ve been waiting to hear.
 
Full disclosure:  I will be a facilitator at the Diabetes UnConference in both locations this year.  I am not compensated in any way for this interview, except in the good vibes that come with going one on one with a person whom you admire and trust and learn from at every turn.

Reference Material - Click below for more information on this topic

Christel Marchand Aprigliano writes about life with diabetes at:
theperfectd.com
Find out everything about the Diabetes UnConference (and read experiences from attendees too), by going to:
DiabetesUnConference.com
The Diabetes UnConference will be held February 10, 11, and 12 at the Westin Las Vegas. Register by January 24 by going to:
DiabetesUnConference.com/register
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