Our advocacy efforts include supporting government funding for diabetes research and programs, ensuring access to health care, promoting the prevention of type 2 diabetes, combating discrimination, and much more. Check out our Advocacy Library to watch short videos about our priorities.

The Association also has a unique legal advocacy program that helps individuals with diabetes experiencing discrimination at work, at school, and in other areas of their lives. People with diabetes deserve the same opportunities as everyone else, and we provide information and even legal assistance if discrimination happens.

Our Advocacy improves the lives of people living with diabetes while giving them the chance to raise their voice. Become an advocate.

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Together we can transform the lives of all people with diabetes.

Advocacy Priorities

We can change the present and future for people living with diabetes.

Hometown Advocacy

Resources for Association volunteers and staff to share our Advocacy priorities and accomplishments when recruiting and engaging new advocates in the community.

Explore: Advocacy

  • News & Events

    For the latest advocacy news and events from the American Diabetes Association, please check this section of our website regularly.

  • The Cost of Diabetes

    The national cost of diabetes in the U.S. in 2012 was more than $245 billion, up from $174 billion in 2007.

  • Advocacy News

    Read the latest advocacy-related press releases from the Association.

  • ADA Advocacy Library

    Learn more about legislation affecting people with diabetes, and take action!

  • Insulin Access and Affordability

    In response to increasing insulin costs, the ADA launched our Make Insulin Affordable campaign and the Board of Directors formed a Working Group of experts to examine the issue. Learn about ADA’s latest actions to improve access to affordable insulin.

  • Advocates In Action's National Team

    Step Out this Fall and continue our fight for people with diabetes on Capitol Hill, in the state house, and in the courthouse!

  • Call Your Senators About Healthcare Bill TODAY

    Our senators need to hear from us today!

  • Diabetes Advocacy Leadership Program

    This is a 10-month knowledge and skill building program designed to cultivate a new tier of Diabetes Advocacy Leaders.