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June 22, 2010

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June 22, 2010

SSEP is a terrific organization. Their mission is to improve the lives and outcomes of pregnancy for women with diabetes - either before the pregnancy or diagnosed during pregnancy. The potential implications of this kind of care include preventing birth defects, protecting both mother and baby from developing diabetes later in life, and protecting mothers and babies from unneccesary injury at the time of birth. Diabetes is an issue that is very hard for people to get a handle on -- the treatment may include diet, exercise, and even daily shots! No-one like to hear these kinds of things and they are so hard to change in our lives. Joann Herny and the SSEP staff and volunteers are so sensitive, knowledgeable and kind that it makes it easier to accept the guidance and do the things you have to do to be healthy and protect your baby. I have the highest respect for the professional and personal work that SSEP does that after 10 years of learning from them, I became and Board Member. This organization works hard and does so much with so little funding. It is a great place to consider if you wich to make a donation on behalf of a healthy child in your life or even on behalf of mothers and babies challenged with complications of diabetes in pregnancy.

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As a woman challenged by weight issues all my life, they have helped me do what I can to be as healthy as possible. I appreciate that and them for their gentle, supportive encouragement.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them find additional funding to be able to get their message out to even more healthcare professionals and families planning a pregnancy.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning about diabetes and pregnancy by such incredible experts.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredibly dedicated and knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reduce the risk of birth defects among woemn with diabests complicated pregnancies by two thirds!

Ways to make it better...

I have known about them earlier in my life.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of adequate funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am honored to serve as a Board Member for them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 16, 2010

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June 16, 2010

My first awareness of SSEP was when I attended an excellent diabetes & pregnancy research conference they held in November, 2004. I was impressed with the quality of the speakers and the passion Joann Henry had for helping pregnant women with diabetes deliver healthy babies and live healthy lives. For more than 10 years now, Joann has donated her time to increasing awareness of the problems associated with diabetes & pregnancy on a national level. Not only does SSEP hold the annual research conference in November, they hold trainings in different parts of the country to educate health care professionals who work with pregnant women with diabetes. This is one of the most altruistic organizations with whom I have had the pleasure of being associated.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attendance and participation in their research conferences and out-of-California trainings for diabetes educators who work with pregnant women with diabetes. Thier evidence-based trainings make a difference nationwide for pregnant women with diabetes.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 14, 2010

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June 14, 2010

It is a pleasure to work with such a dedicated program that brings the latest, cutting edge research and information on diabetes and pregnancy to professional providers across the country.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in my communications with professionals across the states. It is wonderful to see the California Sweet Success Guidelines for Care being practiced by providers in many parts of the country.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 13, 2010

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June 13, 2010

SSEP is an outgrowth of the California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program (CDAPP). It has presented training programs for physicians, nurses, dieticians and social workers regarding the management of diabetes during pregnancy. Included with the programs are literature and manuals so that the local program may establish or modify their own existing protocols and procedures. Attendees' reviews of these conferences have been extremely positive. I think that SSEP makes a valuable contribution to the care of gestationally and pregestationally diabetic women--a growing subgroup of the US obstetric population.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As above

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Fund it so that it can disseminate the information it has to present

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the high quality of information disseminated at SSEP training sessions

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

These are my colleagues and they are extremely knowledgeable in their fields

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Train other healthcare professionals on contemporary methods of management of pregnanct women who have and who develop gestational diabetes.

Ways to make it better...

there had been broader dissemination of the announcement of this training session

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

1-Funding 2-Public Exposure 3-Expansion of the program to include a "hands-on" portion.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 9, 2010

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June 9, 2010

Diabetes during pregnancy is a serious condition, causing many complications, most of which can be prevented. Sweet Success Diabetes and Pregnancy program was so successful in CA, it needed to be shared with programs in other states. Standards of practice are changing so rapidly that it is difficult for health care professionals to stay current. Therefore, the need was for health care professional education. training. SSEP was implemented to meet this need.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching it grow to become a nationally recognized program providing quality diabetes and reproductive health services.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to increase resources so more services could be available to health care professionals and patients. This would improve pregnancy outcomes and future quality of life for mothers and children.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It's comittment to improving pregnancy outcomes, improving long term health for mothers and children but finding ways to change behavior and positively lifestyles.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

totally committed to the program mission.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

battle the dual battles against diabetes and obesity.

Ways to make it better...

we had more resources.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of resources and lack of knowledge.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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