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#InLivingCOCCI 2021

Let's Celebrate!

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AWARENESS WEEK
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CROHN'S
& COLITIS
AWARENESS WEEK

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. 

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for using your super power -
Your Voice -
to bring awareness to the diversity in Crohn’s & Colitis
patients & families. 
To our Ambassadors & Community Members

Thank you

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#InLivingCOCCI
Awareness Week

CALENDAR

Daily 
Programming

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#InLivingCOCCI
is important in shifting the narrative.

Awareness Impacts Change

BLACK PATIENTS WHO DISPLAY TEXT BOOK IBD SYMPTOMS;

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Chronic Diarrhea

Iron Deficiency

Rectal Bleeding

Stomach Pain

91%

less likely than white patients to get an appropriate workup for IBD.

WERE 

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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DO

EXIST

Race &

SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS BASED

DISPARITIES

in the delivery & effectiveness of healthcare for patients with IBD.

Source: Sewell, Justin L, and Fernando S Velayos. “Systematic review: The role of race and socioeconomic factors on IBD healthcare delivery and effectiveness.” Inflammatory bowel diseases vol. 19,3 (2013): 627-43. doi:10.1002/ibd.22986

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Patient

Stories

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Angela Jackson

Throughout my 21 years with Crohn’s Disease and numerous medications for treatment...

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Aarion Bell

I started step therapy due to insurance at the beginning of my diagnosis

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Sarah Price

Crohn’s disease if anything has made me “the strongest woman I know” as my children have said.

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Color of Crohn’s & Chronic Illness would like to thank our sponsors for supporting #InLivingCOCCI