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Suzanne Elder has been instrumental in the delivery of school-based health services and the development of state and local health policies. She led the initiative for The Care of Students with Diabetes Act. She organized thousands of families, negotiated hundreds of Section 504 plans for students, and worked with state legislators to draft the law that now safeguards the health and education rights of students with diabetes in Illinois. As a director for the Chicago Department of Public Health’s Office of Adolescent and School Health, she developed innovative programming and communications, including the City’s first condom availability program and health awareness campaigns that garnered worldwide attention. Suzanne holds a Master’s degree in public policy from Harris School at the University of Chicago and is currently the Senior Director for State Health Systems at the American Cancer Society.

As Suzanne Elder assumes the role of the ILDPC, she will continue to advocate on behalf of those with diabetes. She writes:

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is an honor and my pleasure to serve as the next President of the Illinois Diabetes Policy Coalition (ILDPC). Like my predecessor, Peggy Hasenauer, I believe the strength of this Coalition is rooted in the expertise of its members and their commitment to work together and across sectors to improve the lives of people with diabetes.

Nearly one million people in Illinois live with diabetes. By 2020, this number is expected to grow by 25 percent. Costs are growing, too. By making informed, evidence-informed policy improvements, though, we can increase access to care, make it easier for people to prevent and manage diabetes effectively, and reduce costs. To achieve these goals, our work depends on collaborating with health organizations, legislators, and state agencies.

Best regards,
Suzanne M. Elder

President, Illinois Diabetes Policy Coalition

Contact her at ildiabetespolicycoalition@gmail.com.