Insulliance and ConnecT1D are two functional template programs that impact the self-management practices in youth by helping them to understand their personal diabetes story and dynamic relationship to it. This means that both programs are replicable by design and can be incorporated into any healthcare center or hospital, community center, JDRF chapter, CDN chapter, etc.
Wait, what? Positive language practices? Yes!
Inspired by the incredible mission of a Diabetes Camp called Bearskin Meadows, Beta Connect developed new training methods for mentors that function to inspire reflection and the development of positive coping strategies in the mentors themselves. Positive language practices include the rephrasing of the word “test” to “check”, or of relinquishing an emotional reaction to a high or low number, among many others.
Insulliance connects young adults who have been living with diabetes with newly diagnosed youth and youth struggling to manage their diabetes. Mentors provide emotional support and helpful information to youth living with Type 1 diabetes and their families. Mentors impact their mentee’s diabetes management through self-empowerment and by showing them that diabetes hardships are shared. Insulliance is designed to be implemented in hospitals and healthcare centers. It has HIPAA laws built into the fabric of the system and carries the potential to transform the current model of pediatric diabetic treatment.
ConnecT1D is a mentorship program designed to open dialogue and create partnerships that have the capacity to build and strengthen the diabetes community as a whole. The model of ConnecT1D is closer to other mentorship programs you may be familiar with. It is designed for community groups, such as JDRF chapters, College Diabetes Network chapters, etc. We are currently looking for young adult leaders with diabetes to leadership positions. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Leadership” to find out more.