Lala Jackson, Senior Project Manager, Digital Unit

 
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER, DIGITAL UNIT
Lala swore to never work in the Type 1 diabetes space for fear of making diabetes more than 100% of her life (having been diagnosed at age 10), then ended up doing it anyway. Making an impact in the lives of fellow people with Type 1 diabetes mattered too much to stay away. A strategic communications professional for the past decade working across non- and for-profit organizations, she worked for JDRF for four years before joining the Beyond Type 1 team. Her role includes helping foster and cultivate the JDRF – Beyond Type 1 Alliance. A bit of a nomad, she grew up primarily bouncing between Hawaii and Washington state and graduated from the University of Miami in Florida with a communications degree focused in advertising. She is a published non-fiction author who is currently trying to teach herself how to write fiction. You can usually find her reading, preferably on a beach.

Pieces by Lala


Have Diabetes and Hesitant About COVID-19 Vaccines? Read This


If you have concerns about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, we’re here to give you trustworthy science and fact-based information.MORE

US COVID-19 Cases Are Rising Again – What Does This Mean for People with Diabetes?


COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in the US. How did we get here, what does this mean for people with diabetes, and what can we do about it?MORE

Just Diagnosed with Diabetes? Why and How to Find Mental Health Support


Just diagnosed with diabetes? No matter how you're feeling right now, you deserve help; here's how to find it.MORE

Just Diagnosed with Diabetes? Here’s Who You Need on Your Team


Just diagnosed with diabetes or feel like you need more support with an existing diagnosis? Remember - you don't have to do this alone.MORE

Diabetes Community Survey Shows Drug Costs Still Ranks Highest Access Concern


A majority of respondents (56%) ranked access to affordable insulin and diabetes drugs as their most important access issue.MORE

Healthcare Providers Will No Longer Be Allowed to Issue “Surprise” Bills


The healthcare regulation is designed to decrease medical financial hardships by banning surprise billing starting January 1, 2022.MORE

Out of Pocket Cost for Your Insulin Just Change? It’s Your Insurance Formulary


Every July, PBMs update contracts between insulin manufacturers and insurance companies, which can change what you pay for insulin.MORE

Over Insulin Pricing, Mississippi AG Sues Insulin Manufacturers and Pharmacy Benefit Managers


MS attorney general Lynn Fitch filed a lawsuit against PBMs & insulin manufacturers for allegedly working together to inflate insulin prices.MORE

Pay More Than $100 per Month for Insulin? Read This


If you’re in the United States, be sure to take advantage of every cost-reducing program available to pay less for the insulin you need.MORE

Here’s How to Pay Less for Blood Sugar Test Strips


You may be paying too much for blood glucose test strips; here’s how to spend less for the same amount of stripsMORE

COVID-19 Vaccines For Kids + Teens with Diabetes


COVID-19 vaccines are now available for kids aged 12+! Learn about safety and managing side effects for kids and teens with diabetes.MORE

Insulin, Glucagon, Amylin, Oh My! The Other Hormones Type 1 Diabetes Impacts


Did you know there are other hormones people living with Type 1 diabetes either don’t make, don’t make enough of, or cannot regulate?MORE

Why are Black and Hispanic Youth with T1D Using Less Diabetes Technology?


We interviewed Dr. Shivani Agarwal about the racial-ethnic and socio-economic disparities in Type 1 diabetes care. Here's what we learned.MORE

What if a Pump Could Deliver Both Insulin and Glucagon?


After more than a decade of development, dual hormone artificial pancreas systems - using insulin and glucagon - are on the horizon.MORE

FDA Approves New Glucagon Option from Zealand Pharma


Available in June 2021, the FDA approved Zealand Pharma’s Zeagalogue, a new form of glucagon for people with insulin-dependent diabetes.MORE

When Should You *Actually* Use Glucagon?


I was taught that glucagon is only ever used after someone with diabetes has passed out from a low blood sugar. Turns out, that's not true.MORE

4 Things You Need to Know Before Your Next Low Blood Sugar


For everyone who doses insulin, low blood sugar (also called hypoglycemia) is the most immediate and severe possible side effect. MORE

Mental Health Check In: Identifying + Processing Trauma


Members of the Beyond Type 1 team speak with diabetes psychologist Dr. Mark Heyman about how to identify and get help processing trauma.MORE

Don’t Have Health Insurance Right Now? Read This


The federal government reopened Healthcare.gov for a Special Enrollment Period from Feb 15 - Aug 15, 2021 - here's what you need to know.MORE

How Rebates – Most of the Cost of Your Insulin – Work


The rebate system creates up to 70% of the current list price of insulin in the US, and it doesn’t have to be this way. MORE

Inside the Senate Report on Rising Insulin Prices


A January 2021 Senate Finance Committee report dug into the rapidly increasing cost of insulin. Here, we summarize and explain their findings.MORE

Why is Black History Month Important in the Diabetes Community?


We have a responsibility to work against barriers that make diabetes care more difficult for Black people, while also celebrating Black people in the diabetes community for exactly who they are.MORE

Get the Facts on Insulin Pricing + The Presidential Transition


A flurry of misinformation is stoking fears that the Biden Admin paused or reversed a previous Trump Admin policy that lowered the price of insulin. MORE

Beyond Insulin: The Future of Dual Hormone Treatment


Insulin isn't the only hormone at play in blood sugar management. We spoke with Zealand Pharma to learn more about glucagon & better ways to deliver it.MORE

New Year, New Administration: What’s Coming For US Healthcare Policy


With a new governmental administration, it is likely we will see notable and impactful movement in healthcare policy. What can we expect? MORE

How to Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine


If you have Type 1 diabetes, you may be a little confused about how and when to get your COVID-19 vaccine. Here, we clarify...MORE

Diabetes + COVID Vaccines: What You Need to Know


If you have diabetes, here’s everything you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccines.MORE

Diabetes And… What Impacts Your Life with Diabetes?


Many things beyond diabetes impact our lives so we're sharing our stories with the hashtag #DiabetesAndMORE

Have Diabetes and Enrolling in Medicare? Start Here


Enrolling in Medicare and need help? SHIPtacenter.org is a free service that offers localized, expert help in choosing all of the different aspects of a Medicare plan – including programs that m...MORE

At What Cost? The Impact of Diabetes on Your Budget, Part 3


We’re digging into the impact that living with Type 1 diabetes has on your money. In Part 3, one month in DC on a $67,000 annual salary.MORE

COVID + Diabetes: The Work and School Safety Guide


For those living with diabetes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, extra precautions must be taken for work and school.MORE

COVID-19: What Your Friends with Preexisting Conditions Need You To Know


Here's what your friends with preexisting conditions want you to know, now that we know a little bit more about COVID-19.MORE

Study Links COVID-19 to Increased Rates of DKA at Diagnosis in Children


In a German study from March to May 2020, nearly half of minors had DKA at Type 1 diabetes diagnosis - double previous years - amidst COVID-19.MORE

At What Cost? The Impact of Diabetes on Your Budget, Part 2


In this series, we’re digging into the impact that living with diabetes has on your money. This time, one month in London, Ontario on a $17,537 salary.MORE

United Healthcare to Begin Covering Tandem Insulin Pumps


On July 1, 2020, United Healthcare (UHC) announced they will begin covering the Tandem t:slim X2 insulin pump, a departure from UHC’s four-year policy to only provide health insurance coverage for M...MORE

Lauren Cox: The First Player with Type 1 Diabetes in the WNBA


Lauren Cox was drafted third overall in the 2020 WNBA draft and is the first ever professional women’s basketball player with Type 1 diabetes.MORE

Disparities in Diabetes and Diabetes Care—What Can We Do About It?


At this ADA 2020 session, systemic racism and implicit bias were clear contributors to poor health and healthcare outcomes for Black and Latinx communities.MORE

Celebrating the First Commercial Pilot with Type 1 Diabetes


This Spring, Pietro Marsala made history as the very first insulin-dependent pilot to be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly commerciallyMORE

Be Prepared + Know Your Rights: Your Guide to Protesting with Diabetes


Protesting is one of many ways to create change and is a right of all Americans under the First Amendment. But if you have diabetes, there are extra things to consider before attending. MORE

Medicare Part D Senior Savings Model Caps Insulin Costs at $35 per Month


The Senior Savings Model caps out of pocket insulin costs at $35 per month for seniors enrolled in eligible plans.MORE

How can we be better allies?


How can white people with diabetes use our experiences with advocacy to be better advocates for Black people in the United States?MORE

England’s NHS Releases Study on Risk of COVID-19 for People with Diabetes


This week, the National Health Service (NHS) in England released the first study of its kind, breaking down COVID-19 mortality risk by type of diabetes.MORE

10 Ways to Stop the Spread of COVID-19


As many of us are nearing almost ten weeks of physical distancing and social isolation, we’ve had to get creative with how we follow the behaviors that can keep the most people safe from COVID-19.MORE

At What Cost? The Impact of Diabetes on Your Budget, Part 1


In this new series, we’re digging into the impact that living with Type 1 diabetes has on your money. First up, one month in Pembroke, New Hampshire on a $44,000 salary, with Type 1 diabetes.MORE

Minnesota Passes the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act


The Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act was signed into law in Minnesota, providing MN residents options for emergency and ongoing insulin access for those who qualify.MORE

Novo Offers Free 90-Day Insulin Supply to People Recently Uninsured Due to COVID-19


Novo Nordisk announces program offering a free 90-day supply of Novo Nordisk insulin for those who have recently lost their health insurance coverage due to a change in job status because of COVID-19....MORE

What to do If You Need Insulin Right Now


If you need insulin immediately but are not sure how you’re going to get it, there are multiple ways to access the insulin you need to keep yourself alive. MORE

New Insulin Approval Pathway Could Increase Competition


The new regulatory pathway “is expected to increase patient access, adding more choices and potentially reducing costs of these vital therapies.”MORE

Living with an Invisible Illness During a Pandemic


From well-meaning people, I’ve heard a lot of “everyone will be fine, only the sick and elderly are going to be hit hard.” I imagine they're not thinking about who is on the other end of th...MORE

The Power in Numbers: Change.org’s Affordable Insulin For All Movement


As insulin prices continue to increase in the United States, Change.org is equipping those affected with the tools to speak out.MORE

New Medicare Plan Will Cap Insulin Copays at $35


On March 11, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new plan for some Medicare Part D participants to pay a maximum $35 copay for their monthly supply of insulin. MORE

A Lifetime of Sleeping With Diabetes Tech


Lala shares her take on spending much of her life sleeping with diabetes technology and how she deals with it when it gets in the way of her rest.MORE

The FAA continues to ground commercial pilots with insulin-dependent diabetes


Pilots with diabetes remain in the dark following the Federal Aviation Administration's updated medical certification guidelines.MORE

New Evidence Shows Vital Importance of Screening For T1D in Children


By screening for Type 1 diabetes in children, Bavaria was able to decrease rates of diabetic ketoacidosis at diagnosis.MORE