Ruby A. Neeson Diabetes Awareness Foundation, Inc.
Celebrating 12 Years of Community Outreach and Advocacy 

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          We strive to build long-lasting wellness rather than treat disease.

                                                            Our Mission

Ruby A. Neeson Diabetes Awareness Foundation, Inc. mission is to subside the diabetes burden by implementing behavior change strategies to eradicate health disparities. Our work executes evidence-based practices and innovative approaches to promote social, emotional, and economic wellness and well-being. We are a community-based charitable foundation dedicated to aiding people affected by diabetes by raising public awareness through education, outreach, and advocacy.

We have served 5,929 people and logged 7,680 hours of volunteering; and counting. 

    ~ Our VisionTo decrease the rapid growth of diabetes by creating supportable opportunities for those affected by diabetes, to live healthier and longer lives, preventing the life-threatening complications.

    ~ Our Core Values: Positive Change. Leadership. Empowerment. Good Stewardship. Community.

    ~ We will... Respect Everyone. Take Action with Integrity. Serve with Dignity. Maintain Public’s Trust. 

What Differentiates Us? To summarize, we render a solution. We are the only community organization in the state of Georgia led by Morehouse School of Medicine and Georgia Department of Public Health trained Community Health Workers who endeavor to champion for better health outcomes by advancing a customized approach to promoting community empowerment and social justice in healthcare. We love building healthier communities and people notice our compassion-concentrated difference. Our approach has been proven to be beneficial across cultures, and communities.

                                                                 In Memory Of, Ruby A. Neeson (1950-2006)

Ruby A. Neeson Diabetes Awareness Foundation, Inc. was founded by Mutima Jackson-Anderson, and George Anderson in 2012 as a support group for individuals and families affected by diabetes. 

Within a year of establishing the foundation, Ruby A. Neeson Diabetes Awareness Foundation advanced from a small support group to a year-round, full-service community outreach-advocacy organization committed to creating opportunities and improving access to healthcare. 

The center of Ruby A. Neeson Diabetes Awareness Foundation activity is recommending and promoting diabetes prevention, self-management
and non-clinical outreach. 

Diabetes is a crucial public health barrier that is progressing in the direction of epidemic percentages. To decrease the rapid growth rate of diabetes and to meet the needs of those affected by diabetes in rural, low-income and underserved communities, Ruby A. Neeson Diabetes Awareness Foundation. offers supportable, wraparound services. 

Volunteers and generous donors and sponsors make it possible for Ruby A. Neeson Diabetes Awareness Foundation. to provide free services to the community. Donations and contributions support our community outreach efforts throughout the state of Georgia.  

Who was Ruby A. Neeson: Ruby A. Neeson was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She was the eldest of five siblings. She was a graduate of Morris Brown College. After obtaining a B.A in English, Neeson worked as a Community Center Director with the City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation for 15 years before embarking on a career as a school teacher. Neeson was also a freelance writer, publishing work with the Atlanta Inquirer. Her hobbies included reading and writing. She enjoyed spending time with her family and loved-ones. Neeson was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1999. After suffering a stroke in January 2006, She passed from diabetes complications on July 4, 2006. 

Ruby A. Neeson Diabetes Awareness Foundation was established by Ruby A. Neeson's daughter, Mutima Jackson-Anderson to heighten awareness of diabetes and its life-threatening complications; as well as to amalgamate and cultivate advocacy efforts in respect of reinforcing government funded programs, diabetes research, countering discrimination, and ensuring vulnerable populations acquire adequate access to health care services. 

Our Highlights
October 2012: CVS Health Community Grant Recipient  
May 2013: Accorded as a “Champion for Coverage” organization by elevating outreach for the Health Insurance Marketplace
June 2014: Recognized as Everyday Health Champions by Everyday Health Magazine, a leading digital health and wellness company
May 2014: Signed Memorandum of Understanding with Mercy Housing to facilitate a senior health program 
October 2014: Worked with Fulton County Health Department Health Promotion Advisory Coalition to advocate for a smoke free Fulton by speaking before the Fulton County Board of Commissioners
November 2014: Commenced Taste of Health Wellness Expo a notable annual wellness exhibition acknowledged as an unprecedented event showcasing the diversity of promoting wellness
December 2015: Recipient Walmart Foundation Community Grant  
February 2017: Part of Cohort of Fellows for MasterLab Leadership Institute by Diabetes Hands Foundation 
November 2017: Signed Memorandum of Understanding with Dekalb County Board of Health Office of Chronic Disease Prevention to provide resources and education to county residents
August 2018: Mercer University Master of Public Health Student Grant Writing Partnership 
September 2018: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services National Training Program
December 2018: Recipient Walmart Foundation Community Grant 
January 2019: Awarded Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service award by lifestyle brand, Ashley Stewart
May 2019 Signed Memorandum of Understanding with Simplistic Restored Living to advocate for affordable housing for persons with disabilities
October 2019: Partnered with Mercer University to submit National Institutes of Health grant application titled ‘Health Promotion Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Males
November 2019: Joined Healthcare Leadership Council Board Members for a meeting with Congressman Drew Ferguson, U.S. Representative for Georgia's 3rd congressional district to advocate for Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
January 2020: Recipient Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Charitable Contribution from Ashley Stewart
February 2020: Partnered with Friends of the Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill to provide health education
• April 2020: PhRMA Grant Recipient
• May 2020 Joined Alliance for Patient Access Virtual Award Presentation for the 2020 Champion of Patient Access Award, honoring Congresswoman Lucy McBath, representing Georgia's 6th congressional district 
• July 2020 Joined Healthcare Leadership Council for a virtual meeting with Congressman David Scott who represents Georgia's 13th Congressional District to speak on Healthcare Workforce, specifically the important contribution of Community Health Workers
• November 2020: AstraZeneca Grant Recipient
• January 2021: Recipient Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Charitable Contribution from Ashley Stewart
• October 2021: Participated in Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition 2021 Hill Day to engage with local Members of Congress
• March 2022: Awareded Jesse Parker Williams Foundation Program Grant for Program Nutrition For Wellness 

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