March 28, 2008
1. How will this change in ownership affect the Children with Diabetes Web site, www.childrenwithdiabetes.com, and Friends for Life conferences?
Children with Diabetes, Inc. will operate as a separate, independent company within the Diabetes Franchise. Jeff Hitchcock, founder of Children with Diabetes, will continue to serve as President, directing all day-to-day operations. Under Jeff's direction, CWD will continue to provide unbiased, state-of-the-art, science-based education and support to families living with diabetes. As always, community members will be able to participate in our chat rooms, forums, online polls, surveys and conferences. And we continue to invite support from and encourage participation by ALL companies involved in making a difference in the lives of our families.
In addition, through its partnership with Johnson & Johnson, CWD can now significantly extend our online assets, expand the frequency and location of our conferences, and provide even more resources to help children with diabetes and their families.
2. Now that it is a member of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, how will Children with Diabetes maintain its open, unbiased and independent approach to diabetes-related therapies, technologies and treatment regimens?
While we are now part of a larger organization, our charter as an independent voice for the diabetes community remains unchanged. Children with Diabetes is committed to providing unbiased, state-of-the-art, science-based education and support. We will continue to share the current best practices, highlight technological innovation--regardless of the source--and feature exciting scientific discoveries.
3. Will Johnson & Johnson Advertisers/Sponsors receive preferential access or promotional opportunities not available to non-Johnson & Johnson Advertisers/Sponsors?
Our charter as an independent voice for the diabetes community remains unchanged. As such, Children with Diabetes will continue to invite support from and encourage participation by ALL companies involved in making a difference in the lives of our families. The scientists, doctors, and engineers in industry have given us amazing tools that have transformed diabetes care. Their efforts continue, and we are eager to help our visitors learn about the innovation that these diverse companies are bringing to market to help our kids live long, healthy, and happy lives.
4. What benefit does this move bring to:
CWD Community Members?
Over the years, our online community and conferences have grown dramatically. To continue to meet the ever-increasing needs of the community will require significantly more resources. As part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, we can meet these needs and extend our online assets, expand the frequency and location of our conferences, and provide even more resources to help children with diabetes and their families.
As our community grows, so do the opportunities for our advertisers and sponsors to have access to and engagement with an ever-increasing audience. This will take many forms including more conferences in more locations, more advertising opportunities, and greater targeting of audiences and messages for more efficient and effective campaigns.
5. I'm registered for a conference. Are they still happening, has anything changed?
Our conferences will continue as scheduled, and we're looking forward to having additional conferences both in the U.S. and abroad to offer even more opportunities for our families to participate.
6. Who will now run the Children with Diabetes Community?
Jeff Hitchcock, founder of Children with Diabetes, will continue to serve as President, directing all day-to-day operations.
7. How will staffing for CWD change as a result of this deal?
Not only will the Children with Diabetes staff remain intact, but we are also in the process of adding staff and resources to ensure we continue to grow and meet the needs of our community. In addition, we are committed to retaining and expanding our volunteer staff and faculty members who are essential to the success of Children with Diabetes.
8. What will be the impact of CWD being part of a larger corporate environment?
Children with Diabetes and Johnson & Johnson share the same values and are equally committed to families and children. Through our relationship with Johnson & Johnson, we will now have the resources to grow in new ways, such as extending our online assets, increasing the frequency and location of our conferences, and providing even more resources to the community.
9. Where does Children with Diabetes fit within Johnson & Johnson?
Children with Diabetes is part of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Franchise and reports to Kenneth P. Moritsugu, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.M., Vice President of Global Strategic Affairs for the franchise and Chairman of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute (www.JJDI.us). Dr. Moritsugu, who has type1 diabetes himself and nearly 40 years of experience in public health service, is excited to welcome Children with Diabetes to Johnson & Johnson. This addition contributes to his vision of developing a “home” for the diabetes family. The recently-formed Institute begins to fulfill this vision for health care professionals, while Children with Diabetes is a natural fit and welcome addition.
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