Serving the Underserved
The years following a T1D diagnosis are critical for children and their families. Learning how to manage the disease, seeking out resources and establishing a new normal can be incredibly overwhelming and isolating. That’s where Camp Kudzu comes in. Our year-round educational and camping experiences has provided a supportive community for families navigating T1D, regardless of social economics and health disparities, for more than 20 years.
Now, with conclusive data that identifies where the greatest needs are for T1D families in Georgia, our goal is to extend our reach and make our programming available where it’s needed most. We are thrilled to embark on a partnership with Leadership Atlanta, a nonprofit that connects and inspires leaders to strengthen metro Atlanta’s communities. This initiative will determine how to expand services to underserved children, teens and their families who lack access to pediatric diabetes education, live in rural areas, are low-income or face other barriers to care.
In order to provide equitable access to our programs, Camp Kudzu will need to grow in new, creative ways, developing new partnerships and adopting better tools to effectively identify and recruit vulnerable families with a T1D diagnosis. Then, with the continued support of our generous partners and sponsors, we will develop new programs that meet these families where they are, establishing new communities across the state to better support the more than 6,000 families in Georgia living with T1D.