The Fellows are all headed away for Thanksgiving, and we're doing so with a lot of gratitude for the many incredible experiences we've had this fall with Health for America. If you've been following our blog, you know we've attended some compelling conferences (read about them here, here, and here), visited a number of healthcare facilities (here and here), and gained immense insight and empathy surrounding what it's like to live with type 2 diabetes.
But most of all, we've had the unique opportunity to meet and build relationships with a number of really inspiring people. We have been so grateful for the generosity we've encountered that we decided it was about time to recognize some of these folks on the HFA blog.
To the physicians, nurses, psychologists, dietitians, and certified diabetes educators whom we have interviewed and shadowed, thank you for letting us into your jam-packed schedules. Thank you for taking the time to explain your cases and talk through the ups and downs of your job when you could be charting. Thank you for the commitment, empathy, and hope you bring into the exam room.
To the people who spoken to us about life with type 2 diabetes, thank you for sharing your story. Whether we talked to you in an exam room, over the phone, in the grocery store check out line, or at our own family reunion, thank you for your insights, your honesty, your humor, and your courage.
To the industry leaders and changemakers who have spent an hour on the phone with us, we realize you have a lot on your schedules. Thank you for making time for us. We appreciate every minute you spend illuminating trends, opportunities, and challenges. And thanks for making a call to that old buddy of yours or shooting an email to your friend at such and such company. Your networks have been invaluable to us.
To the team at the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2) and the MedStar Diabetes Institute, we could not be more grateful to you for opening up your doors, your minds, and your endless resources to us. Thank you for trusting our team while also offering your support as innovative experts, creative sounding boards, and incredible mentors.
To the Health for America co-founders, Madhura and Kapil, thank you for possessing and acting upon the inspiring vision for this program. We are grateful for your belief in the potential impact of four incredibly diverse young professionals.
And finally, to Megan and Ellen, thank you. Thank you for more than could possibly be listed here. Your candid insights, your capacity for managing ALL the logistics, and your commitment to the success of the Fellows and the Fellowship...we are so grateful.