Coalition activities are open to individuals and organizations that want to be part of a collaboration to prevent and reduce diabetes and its complications. We celebrate the advocacy and passion of our members with the Sally Joy Leadership Award.

2020 Sally Joy Award

The 2020 recipient of the Sally Joy Leadership Award is Robin B. Nwankwo.

Ms. Nwankwo was nominated for her passion, dedication, and advocacy. Her spirit shines in her work with those who have diabetes, those who love them, those who are at risk and the health professionals who take care of them! Colleagues who have had the honor of working closely with Robin have seen her listen, hear, interact and gently lead across the diabetes community.

She is effective in working with health professionals because she represents academic, practical and personal diabetes experience. She is effective in working within diabetes organizations because they know her passion that translates into hard work. She is effective in working with people at risk or who have diabetes because they see she is nonjudgmental, understanding and truly cares about them. Congratulations, Robin!

In Memory of a Diabetes Advocate

sally joy 1949 to 2020 The DPAC community is saddened to share the news that our long-time colleague Sally Joy, passed away on March 26, 2020.

Sally was a force whose spirit was evident to everyone who knew her. She was a tireless diabetes advocate, well known for walking the halls of the state capitol and fervently advocating for those with diabetes and kidney disease. Her passion and commitment to those she loved was endless and we’re all better people for having known her.

Sally was a model of persistence in the face of adversity and, not infrequently, was an inspiration to me to do the same. She will be greatly missed.
Dr. Paul Dake, Past DPAC Co-Chair and Board Member
I recall meeting Sally at DPAC events many years ago and she was definitely a force to be reckoned with. She was a very special advocate; I remember her fondly and gratefully. She will be sorely missed.
Lisa Mason, GDAHC
Sally accomplished a huge amount in her life and was an incredible inspiration. I am so glad to see the inspiration will continue with this leadership award!!
Sarah Lyon Callo, Bureau Director and State Epidemiologist, MDHHS

Sally Joy Award

In 2012, the Coalition recognized Sally Joy for her advocacy and passion promoting diabetes and kidney disease programs to improve the lives of people living with diabetes. In honor of Sally's leadership efforts, DPAC, along with the American Diabetes Association (ADA), annually recognizes a deserving partner with the Sally Joy Leadership Award.

Get Involved!

DPAC membership meeting DPAC, founded in 1977, is a partnership of individuals and organizations who actively work to inform, motivate and activate people in Michigan who have diabetes or work with people with diabetes.

Become part of a statewide effort to prevent diabetes and reduce diabetes prevalence and complications in Michigan. Be a change agent-locally and statewide.

How Do I Participate in DPAC?

Attend the DPAC Forum in the Lansing area. Join our email list and participate in diabetes activities in Michigan. For more information on meeting times, dates, and activities, please contact dpacmi@gmail.com.

Background Information

The following documents provide background on DPAC.

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