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 invite you to join our NEW live and virtual events for community members, providers, and industry supporters. Awareness week is a great opportunity to engage in conversations with healthcare providers, learn more about IBD and it’s connection to other chronic illnesses, and find 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.
A continuation of our Health is Wealth Lounge, In Living Yoga is a space that will host yoga and meditation sessions in partnership with Level 3 Yoga and Sisters with Yoga, while educating guests on mental health and digestive diseases. Grab a bite, take a session, and kick off our week of events for Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week.
In partnership with Eustress, Inc., join us to vibe out, reduce everyday stress, and take action toward living a healthier, wealthier and happier life through coloring. You’ll color while grabbing a bite to eat and discussing gut health. All levels of coloring experience welcome!
In partnership with Gut Theory Total Digestive Care, this event is an opportunity to meet 1:1 with a Nutrition/Obesity expert and gastroenterologist to jumpstart your gut health journey. This experience goes deeper than a nutritionist and combines a baseline understanding of chronic gastrointestinal disease and constraints to customize approaches for care.
After a week of events, education, and most importantly, awareness around Crohn’s and Colitis — unwind with COCCI team on Zoom. Don’t have an ugly sweater? That’s fine! We welcome the entire community, ugly sweater or not to hop on, kick back, and win some prizes.
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