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CODA Merges With LifeCare Alliance


The Central Ohio Diabetes Association announced a merger/partnership with LifeCare Alliance effective March 1, 2017.  Click on Photo for full details. 

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CATHERINE Z. PAESSUN JOINS CENTRAL OHIO DIABETES ASSOCIATION STAFF

Catherine Z Paessun has joined The Central Ohio Diabetes Association (CODA) as Director. She replaces Laura Moskow Sigal, who served an 11-month tenure as Interim Executive Director.  


Paessun has been the Executive Director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Central Ohio Chapter, for the past six years.  JDRF’s primary focus is to fund research designed to cure, treat and prevent type 1diabetes.  

Cathy was responsible for directing 26 counties in raising funds for research by growing the awareness of type 1 diabetes through annual events and other outreach efforts. 

Prior to JDRF, Paessun served for three years as Executive Director or the Central Ohio Chapter of The March of Dimes.  Cathy was also an executive with JP Morgan Chase, and operated her own consulting firm. 

Paessun has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from The Ohio State University and a Master’s Degree in Human Services Management from Franklin University.

Catherine volunteers as the Board President of Reins of Freedom, resides in Columbus, Ohio and is a yoga instructor.


For over 52 years, The Central Ohio Diabetes Association has helped Central Ohioans with diabetes to detect their condition, prevent onset and complications, and learn to live well with the challenge of diabetes.  CODA also operates youth camps for children with Diabetes, so they can learn how to better manage their diabetes and meet others with diabetes.

In early 2017, CODA merged into LifeCare Alliance, the Central Ohio not-for-profit leader in services for seniors and medically challenged.
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Senator Rob Portman Visits Central Ohio Diabetes Association


Senator Rob Portman visited the Central Ohio Diabetes Association in June 2015 to accept the “Medicare Part D Patient Access Champion Award” from the Alliance for Patient Access and the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs in partnership with other national, state, and local health care advocacy organizations, including the Central Ohio Diabetes Association!

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 Central Ohio Diabetes Association Recognized by MACC at Annual Gala

The Central Ohio Diabetes Association was named one of five finalists for the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence (MACC) 2014 “Enlightened Kaleidoscope” award.  The winner was announced at MACC’s Cultural Kaleidoscope Gala that was held at the Ohio History Center in Columbus, Ohio. The award recognizes innovation, leadership and commitment to cultural competence, health equity and the diversity and uniqueness of Ohio’s people.  

The Central Ohio Diabetes Association was nominated by Pam Shields of CareSource for the work the Detection and Outreach program does in in the community headed by Director Da Vida Lyles.  The agency was selected as a finalist for this prestigious award, out of approximately 40 organizations in Central Ohio and others statewide.  

Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Inc. (MACC) established the "Enlightened Kaleidoscope” award in 2006, to recognize individuals and organizations who exemplify innovation, leadership and commitment to cultural competence, health equity and the diversity of needs and uniqueness of Ohioans. Nominations for the award are submitted by MACC members, community partners and individuals.

Since 2003, MACC has served as one of the nation’s first and the only statewide organization dedicated to the development of cultural competence strategies and solutions to improve health care outcomes.

“This Gala is an important community celebration of our distinct ethnic and cultural styles and tastes,” said Charleta B. Tavares, MACC Executive Director. “Celebrating diversity is a great way to remove barriers to incorporating cultural competence throughout Ohio’s health care organizations.”    

One in 10 people in our community will develop diabetes. Since 1964, the Central Ohio Diabetes Association has helped Central Ohioans with diabetes to detect their condition, prevent onset and complications, and learn to live well with the challenge of diabetes.  The Central Ohio Diabetes Association is an independent non-profit organization that has provided services to people with diabetes in Central Ohio regardless of their ability to pay for 50 years.