TuDiabetes Is Getting A Makeover!

Last summer we surveyed members of TuDiabetes and EsTuDiabetes online communities, and gained some GREAT insights! We learned that our members are happy with the information and support they receive on TuDiabetes and EsTuDiabetes, that they feel welcome, comfortable and safe.

We also heard three criticisms, loud and clear: 1. TuDiabetes and EsTuDiabetes are visually overwhelming sites, 2. the search function does not work well, and 3. the mobile applications for the two communities are not user-friendly.

So guess what… WE’RE FIXING THAT!!! These three weaknesses are related to the platform our communities are built on. That platform is being upgraded, but our research indicates that that upgrade will not adequately address the changes we need to make, so we’re moving. You read it right: WE’RE MOVING!

Last August we hired a consultancy to help us assess other possible platforms for our online communities, and from that process we have decided to move the two communities to a host platform called Discourse. Discourse has a wide variety of features and capabilities not currently available on our current platform, including a strong search function and good mobile integration. We’re super excited about this!!

Moving to a new platform is a really big deal. Discourse does not offer every feature available through our current platform, so some things are going to have to change, and a few features will be lost completely. We’ll be working hard to ensure that the necessary changes ultimately make the communities stronger, simpler, and easier to navigate, and we will need our members to stay open-minded about those changes.

We will begin preparing for the platform migration behind the scenes in January, for a launch of the new site in March, 2015, and we promise to keep you updated every step of the way! During this process there will be lots of decisions to make and opportunities for improvement and creativity, and feedback from our communities will be crucial to ensure we end up with the best new sites possible.

Thanks for joining us in this new adventure!! There will undoubtedly be some bumps on this road, but we at DHF are confident that our communities will come out even stronger and better at the end. Stay tuned for updates and weekly explanations of great new features the new sites will have, coming soon!

P.S. Our holiday fundraising campaign begins soon, and we’ll be inviting our members and friends to support this exciting leap forward by making a donation to Diabetes Hands Foundation. Keep your eyes peeled!…

DHF receives $200,000 grant from Novo Nordisk

Diabetes Hands Foundation (DHF) has received a grant of US$200,000 from Novo Nordisk to support programs aimed at bringing together people touched by diabetes for positive change so that nobody living with this disease ever feels alone. “We are truly grateful for Novo Nordisk’s deep commitment of resources and the positive impact this grant will have on every one of our programs in 2015,” commented Manny Hernandez, Co-founder and President of Diabetes Hands Foundation.

“The generosity of this grant reflects Novo’s commitment to change diabetes by supporting efforts aimed at improving the daily lives of people touched by diabetes.” Diabetes Hands Foundation runs two online communities for people touched by diabetes: TuDiabetes (in English) and EsTuDiabetes (in Spanish), with 66,000 registered members and nearly 3 million annual visitors from around the world. A portion of this grant will help cover some of the costs of migrating these two communities to a new software platform that will support future growth beyond 2015. The Big Blue Test is the second program run by DHF and is aimed at demonstrating the positive impact that even a little bit of exercise can have on blood sugars. Each exercise session logged triggers matching grants to organizations serving people with diabetes living in need. Over the past five years over 100,000 exercise sessions have generated nearly $300,000 in grants.

With this grant, Novo Nordisk becomes the first partner to get behind the Big Blue Test in 2015. Diabetes Advocates is the third program run by DHF, with a mission to connect advocates dedicated to improving the lives of people living with diabetes in order to accelerate and amplify their efforts. This grant will help expand the reach and impact by supporting part of the costs associated with building an online diabetes advocacy hub.

“We are delighted to partner with the Diabetes Hands Foundation on these critical programs that serve those affected by diabetes,” said Diana Blankman, Novo Nordisk’s Senior Director, US Corporate Giving & Social Impact.  “Through DHF’s social networks and advocacy efforts they are reaching, and more importantly, connecting people with programs and services to support their diabetes journey.”

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About Novo Nordisk Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. The company also has leading positions within hemophilia care, growth hormone therapy, and hormone replacement therapy.

Novo Nordisk employs approximately 40,000 employees in 75 countries, and markets its products in more than 180 countries. For more information, visit novonordisk-us.com or follow our news in the U.S. on Twitter: @NovoNordiskUS. About Diabetes Hands Foundation (DHF) Diabetes Hands Foundation (www.DiabetesHandsFoundation.org) brings together people touched by diabetes for positive change to make sure that nobody living with this condition ever feels alone.

Diabetes can be a very isolating disease. We provide opportunities for people with diabetes and their loved ones to connect and have an open dialog about their experiences with this chronic condition. Instead of looking at the disease, DHF seeks to understand, connect, and energize the millions of people living with this condition. DHF hosts two active online communities for people touched by diabetes: TuDiabetes.org (in English) and EsTuDiabetes.org (in Spanish); the Big Blue Test, a program for empowerment through exercise; and Diabetes Advocates, a consortium of champions for people touched by diabetes.