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


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