How much time do you spend planning? If you have diabetes, you probably do a good amount of planning for every trip, every outing, and every meal. Do you have a plan mapped out for the next four years? The American Diabetes Association does!

Dwight Holing: "I am here to Stop Diabetes"

Dwight Holing, Secretary/Treasurer, American Diabetes Association Board of Directors, and the Chair of the Association’s Strategic Planning Oversight team, spoke at the Community Volunteer Leadership Conference yesterday morning to unveil the Association’s 2012 – 2015 Strategic Plan, which will guide the work of the Association over the next four years. A few of Dwight’s comments caught my attention and made me think about everything that goes into building a strategic plan.

“This plan is not so audacious as to be unachievable, but visionary in laying out a framework to support real, positive change for people affected by diabetes,” Dwight told the conference attendees. He continued to say that the final plan represents a stretch beyond the Association’s traditional operations, capacity and measures of success. In other words, something new is on its way!

Although the strategic plan won’t be formally announced until later this year, it is important to note that there has been a shift in the way it was structured.  Instead of focusing on what the Association does, it looks at the impact the Association has on the diabetes community. To challenge ourselves as an organization, we had to create a bold plan that outlines how together we can change the future of diabetes.

“The plan could not have come together in such a dynamic and visionary way without the knowledge and passion of these committed individuals,” Dwight said, sharing his appreciation for the volunteers and staff who helped to ensure that the Association’s future truly represents the depth and breadth of its mission.

The 2012-2015 Strategic Plan will be posted on the Association’s website in a few months. You can read the 2008-2011 Strategic Plan here.

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One Response to Planning

  1. Mike Hoskins says:

    Thanks, Dayle! I’m all about “stopping diabetes” and supporting any mission for that vision. One of my biggest issues with the ADA and whole thing, though, is the long-debated issue of a common color. We need our community united in order to spread awareness and accuracy, and even though we have most patients willing to support the color BLUE and that having not only a global reach, we have the ADA promoting red. Which just seems to make us less-united, and further away from stopping diabetes together.

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