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Catherine Z. Paessun - Director - email Catherine

Pat Hoffmannbeck - Finance Director -  email Pat     

Charles Farmer - Marketing and Public Relations Director – email Charles  

Brenda Rendelman - Director of Diabetes Education – email Brenda 

Darlene Honigford - Social Services Director- email Darlene     

Candice Hines - Director of Development  - email Candice

Elana Gisser - Office Manager - email Elana

Eunice Owusu - Intake Coordinator - email Eunice

Important Agency Info

Central Ohio Diabetes Association

1100 Dennison Ave - Columbus, OH 43201

614-884-4400 - O  614-884-4484 - F


Tax ID - 31-6054100

UW - 36554 - LifeCare Alliance Franklin County - Designate Employee Giving 

Central Ohio Diabetes Association

Founded by a group of local physicians, the Central Ohio Diabetes Association has provided service to the Central Ohio community for over 50 years. The Central Ohio Diabetes Association is an agency of LifeCare Alliance, since a 2016 merger.
Mission Statement

The Central Ohio Diabetes Association helps Central Ohioans living with diabetes detect their condition, prevent onset and complications, and learn to live well with the challenge of diabetes.
The Central Ohio Diabetes Association provides the following services to all individuals, regardless of ability to pay:
• Diabetes and nutrition education
• Community detection program to identify undetected or uncontrolled diabetes
• Camp and youth programs
• Community outreach programs to high-risk populations
• Financial resources information and emotional support programs

How is the Central Ohio Diabetes Association Unique?

• The Central Ohio Diabetes Association is the only community-based organization providing diabetes education services provided by a staff of Certified Diabetes Educators, nurses, dietitians and licensed social workers to all individuals regardless of ability to pay.
• The agency offers one of only a few American Diabetes Association Recognized diabetes education programs in Central Ohio.
• Over 70% of clients counseled are unable to pay for education services rendered; the camp program provides financial aid to 50% of campers.
• The agency works closely with the American Diabetes Association and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The American Diabetes Association works in the arenas of public policy/advocacy, public awareness, research funding and public education. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation raises money to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. The agency works closely with the local affiliates of ADA and JDRF to avoid duplication of service, to build collaborative programs and to ensure efficient use of resources.

• The agency serves more than 26,000 people annually through extensive outreach efforts to special populations and underserved communities.

• One hundred percent of the funding comes from this community and remains in this community to provide services to local people.

Since 1964, Donors have played a significant role in sustaining the longevity of the Central Ohio Diabetes Association


Corporate Partners

Bateson Golf

Crosby’s Drugs

Grainger Foundation Inc.

Happy Chicken Farms



Ohio Health Mansfield Juvenile Diabetes

Park National


Pickerington T1D Foundation

River Ridge Charity Horse Show

The Grand Council of Royal and Select Masons of Ohio

Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease


Local Grant Partners

Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield

City of Columbus

Franklin County

Ohio Health


National Grant Partners

Harry C. Moores Foundation

New Venture Fund

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