For so long, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis were thought to be diseases that were unassociated with diverse patient communities. We know that to be false information. Many communities of color are impacted by these inflammatory bowel diseases – from the actual patient, to family members and friends.
IBD is unique to the individual, and our community members certainly have some great days, while other days require quite a bit of strength and management.
One of the largest hurdles that BIPOC communities face with IBD is receiving an accurate and timely diagnosis. Reducing time to diagnosis would not only provide an opportunity for patients to better understand what’s going on with their bodies, but also allow the disease to be diagnosed at a less severe state.
As we celebrate #InLivingCOCCI during Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week, we want to invite you to join along in the daily life of some of our communities members, engage in conversations with healthcare practitioners, learn about ways to support your friends and family members who might be diagnosed with IBD, and so much more.
To our Ambassadors & Community Members, thank you for using your superpower–Your Voice–to bring awareness to the diversity in Crohn’s & Colitis patients & families.
Source: Anyane-Yeboa A, Li B, Traboulsi C, et al. Black race and public insurance are predictive of inappropriate evaluation of iron deficiency anemia and diarrhea. Dig Dis Sci. 2021;66(7):2200-2206.
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