Emergency Medication Assistance
The DFI provides an emergency 60-day supply of diabetes medication, insulin and testing equipment to New Jersey residents experiencing financial hardship, including those that are uninsured, underinsured, and in transition. Our program assures that applicants are able to care for their diabetes while they take the time to secure more long-term aid from government or private insurance programs, pharmaceutical companies and other sources.
Bridging this gap and allowing the patient to be compliant with their medications helps avoid many of the complications associated with the disease, and will reduce visits to the emergency rooms and hospital stays, therefore, reducing healthcare costs.
The DFI is the only organization in New Jersey providing this short–term medication assistance to children and adults with diabetes that are in need.
Patient Support Services
Our patient support team connects with people to provide educational information, peer support, and community resources to help them move forward, letting them know that they are not alone in the process. In addition to offering resources and information to the entire community, follow up with patients receiving DFI medication assistance is critical to ensuring that long-term assistance is established before their medications run out.
If you are in need of information or have questions about free/affordable medical care, prescription assistance, diabetes education, nutrition and meal planning, or community programs and services, please contact us.
Community Education & Outreach
Do you belong to a community organization, religious group or another type of association? DFI provides small and large group presentations to discuss a variety of topics related to diabetes prevention, diabetes wellness and best practices for living healthy. Our organization connects with local health advocates and medical professionals who are knowledgeable in all things diabetes, and can impart great knowledge on your group while spreading the word about our organization’s programs and services.
Our foundation has provided presentations to the following groups, clubs and organizations:
- Employees of AT&T Corporate Headquarters
- Oasis Haven For Women
- St. Joseph’s Social Service Center
- Local Rotary Clubs, Knights of Columbus and Knights of Pythias Chapters throughout New Jersey
- Large and Small Community Retailers such as Liss, Levy’s, & Sheefa Pharmacies
- City and County Health Departments throughout New Jersey
- Churches, temples and other houses of worship throughout New Jersey
COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAM
DFI provides up-to-date information on diabetes and its complications, helping patients gain a better understanding on how to achieve and maintain a healthier life. Led by healthcare professionals addressing prevention, nutrition, diet, exercise, and management of the disease, these no-cost education programs are held in many areas throughout the state.
DFI hosts community education classes, educational events and health screenings at some of New Jersey’s top hospitals, corporations, community organizations and healthcare facilities.
We currently offer ongoing programs in Passaic, Jersey City, Bayonne, and Parsippany, NJ.
Classes offered with support from our valued community partners: Morristown Medical Center Community Health Department, ShopRite of Parsippany, CarePoint Health, St. Mary's General Hospital & Englewood Health Department
HEALTH EXPOS & OUTREACH EVENTS
As our service area encompasses the entire state of New Jersey, DFI enjoys the opportunity to showcase valuable information related to diabetes prevention and wellness, nutrition, and healthy living, as well as detailed information on our free programs and services for the community. Whether you are hosting a large community gathering, or a small group event, we’d love to be there to provide much needed information, inclusive educational activities and resources!
In addition, DFI will often host or link with other organizations or healthcare facilities to offer health expos, community blood sugar screenings and informational lectures.
Community health events such as these offer much needed health screenings and health information to medically underserved communities, recreation centers, workplaces, healthcare facilities and other sites in a “one-stop shopping” format, making it easy for people to take control of their health!
Young Professionals For Diabetes
YPD is a group of young professionals, ages 21 to 39 years old, that promotes healthy living to prevent diabetes, and better management for those dealing with diabetes on a daily basis.
Our Mission Statement
The DFI Young Professionals (YPD), a cause-related subgroup of the Diabetes Foundation, Inc., raises diabetes awareness among young adults through networking, education and social events. Through YPD’s efforts, this group supports the important programs and services of the Diabetes Foundation.
Young Professionals is right for you if any of the following apply:
- You are living with diabetes & want to help others
- You have a loved one or friend with diabetes
- You are studying or are employed in the medical field or public health sector
- You want to educate others on how prevalent diabetes is in New Jersey
- You care about the health and well-being of New Jersey residents, now and in the future
- Build a mentoring and leadership organization that will encourage, support and raise awareness about diabetes.
- Assist in fundraising for the Diabetes Foundation, Inc. to support their programs and services.
- Create a tight-knit community of people who are genuinely concerned and interested in helping the diabetes population.
What We Do
- Educational Events
- Fundraising Events
- Networking Events
- Social Events
Why We Do It
- The development of diabetes is increasing
- Thousands go undiagnosed each year
- 1 in 10 New Jersey residents have diabetes
- Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in New Jersey
- Diabetes can be controlled with proper education and care
- Most of all, because WE CARE
The DFI provides the funding to send needy children from the tri-state area to Camp Nejeda, a co-ed diabetes camp in Sussex County, NJ. The opportunity to spend time with peers, enjoy traditional camp activities and learn more about how to take care of their condition has an enormous positive impact on the lives of children with diabetes – a few weeks of not feeling “different” than anyone else.