Capital Chapter

T1D Virtual Connections & Education

In an effort to stay connected as a community, JDRF Capital Chapter is excited to offer virtual meet ups and educational events to support our local T1D community. We will offer T1D support and networking programs for newly diagnosed families and individuals, parents of children with T1D, and adults with T1D, as well educational sessions on research, advocacy, virtual fundraising, and more. Please bookmark this page and check back frequently as new events will be added weekly.

Upcoming Events:

T1D Families Virtual Meet Ups
Newly diagnosed or looking for support from other parents? Join your T1D community for a virtual meet up to connect with other T1D families and get advice and tips from experienced T1D parents. This casual meeting, led by JDRF outreach volunteers, will not offer medical advice but will offer laughter, ideas, and connection! Meeting dates (click the date to register):

Thursday, August 6 at 3:00 PM
Thursday, August 20 at 3:00 PM

Teen Connections with Naima Winston from Kids Baking Championship: Thursday, August 13 at 5:00 PM
Join JDRF for a fun Teen Connections event with special guest Naima Winston from season 8 of Kids Baking Championship. Meredith Thivierge, clinical dietitian specialist at Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital, will join the conversation to answer your diet and nutrition questions. Register here.

“Bridging the Gap” – A T1D Teen Mentoring Group: Wednesday, August 19 at 6:00 PM
An opportunity for teens age 13-18 to speak freely about the challenges and triumphs of living with T1D with young adults who’ve been through it. This is a brand-new program developed by the Capital Chapter Young Leadership Committee. SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: Pietro Marsala, the first commercial airline pilot with T1D. Register here.

Bethesda Type 1 Diabetes Peer Support Group: Wednesday, August 26 at 7:30 PM
Are you living with T1D or parenting a child with T1D? Join us for an informal conversation to share information and connect with others in the T1D community. Bring questions or topics you would like to discuss. This group typically meets monthly at Suburban Hospital but due to COVID-19 we are transitioning to a virtual meeting this month. Register here or contact Barbara Kahl at or 301-530-3656 for more information.

Additional virtual events from across all JDRF chapters. 

Past Events:

Returning to School with T1D
Highlights and the recording of the virtual town hall here.

Transitioning to College Life with T1D
Please enjoy the recording of this Facebook Live event with the College Diabetes Network here.

Helping Kids Talk T1D with Peers: CDE Offers Expert Tips
During a recent JDRF Facebook Live event, Shaina Hatchell, BSN, RN, CDE discussed her forthcoming children’s book “Shia Learns about Insulin” and how it can help children living with T1D share their experiences with peers. Please enjoy the recording of Shaina’s talk.

Finding Joy and Overcoming Adversity in Uncertain Times
Please enjoy the recording of this Facebook Live event here.

Capital Chapter Annual Meeting
On June 16th, we celebrated a year of progress and recognized outstanding chapter leaders and volunteers. Please enjoy the recording of the meeting.

Talking to an Expert on Coronavirus
Dr. Mary Pat Gallagher, Director of Pediatric Diabetes at the Pediatric Diabetes Center at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone shares information on T1D and COVID-19. Read key takeaways from Dr. Gallagher’s presentation or watch it in full.

Aaron Kowalski, PhD, President & CEO of JDRF
Dr. Kowalski talks mission, research, JDRF’s pivot to virtual events, and how COVID-19 is affecting the T1D community. Please enjoy the recording of the presentation.

Health & Wellness with T1D Champion Christina Martin
Christina Martin talks about mindfulness, habit tracking, wellness, and how she applies it to her life as a dancer and ninja warrior. Please enjoy the recording of the presentation

Partner Events:

Georgetown University Hospital Zoom Games for T1D kids – Monday, August 17th

College Diabetes Network Virtual Events (on going)

DiabetesWise virtual town hall events (on-going)

Other fun (and free) activities:

Future Event Topics:

We are currently working to add more virtual connections meetups and educational webinars including:

    • Adults with T1D meetups
    • Teens with T1D meetups
    • Diabetes Technology
    • Advocacy
    • Health Insurance
    • Suggest your own topic you would like to see (contact info below)

Questions or Ideas:

Please contact Carrie Zager, Director of Outreach & Community Engagement, at or 703-489-2183.

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