The Finnish Diabetes Association has five expert bodies which:
- contribute to the Association's services by providing insights from different fields and client groups
- are engaged in enhancing the various activities of the Association.
Medical Advisory Board
The Medical Advisory Board is the Association's source of expertise in medical matters. The Board consists of 10 to 14 medical doctors, one of whom is the Chief Physician of the Finnish Diabetes Association. The Health and Social Policy Officer of the Association acts as the Board's secretary.
The Nutrition Committee is the Finnish Diabetes Association's expert body in nutrition science, assisting the Association in optimizing its nutritional education and the associated guidance materials. The Committee includes six dieticians or nutrition researchers whose work involves dealing with people with diabetes. The in-house dieticians and the Matron of the Association are also members.
Editorial Board for Diabetes Publications
The Editorial Board for Diabetes Publications produces printed materials for diabetes prevention and care (including both self-care and diabetes education, and Diabetes-magazine). The Editorial Board also contributes to planning printed matter on a yearly and longer-term basis and monitors the implementation of the publication plan.
The Editorial Board has six outside members representing numerous aspects of diabetes education and the production of support materials, other fields of expertise and users of the materials. The in-house members of the Editorial Board comprise a Communications Officer, a Sub-Editor and two people from the Education and Training Department.
The Finnish Diabetes Association has activities specifically targeted at the 15 to 17 and 18 to 25 age groups. Activities are planned and in part carried out by the Youth Committee. The Committee consists of six young people who are appointed annually in the autumn.
The Youth Committee is an ideas forum for features for the youth web-magazine Inspis. Inspis is for all 12 to 25-year-old members of the Association.