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We know that many of the most innovative and potentially high-impact ideas for improving pediatric IBD care are likely to come from those living with the condition daily. Because of this, ImproveCareNow is pleased and proud to announce the launch and pilot year of the ImproveCareNow Patient and Parent Innovation Fund.

Made possible with support from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation, the ImproveCareNow Patient and Parent Innovation Fund aims to provide financial and network resources to two innovative projects in this, its inaugural year. These projects must be proposed and led by patients or parents at ImproveCareNow centers and/or who are active members of the ImproveCareNow Patient Advisory Council or Parent Working Group.

The selected projects will support the ImproveCareNow community’s mission to transform the health, care and costs for all children and adolescents with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. We hope that the projects will also enhance and expand participation in the community, giving more patients, parents, and others the opportunity to become part of this learning health system.

Proposals are being accepted through September 1 and will be reviewed by a community panel (including clinicians, parents, patients, and ICN leadership) that will assess each project’s alignment with community goals, potential impact, and appropriate scale and scope for the funding provided. Funded projects will receive clinician or improvement expert mentoring, project management support, and ongoing feedback from Network leaders and faculty. ImproveCareNow will work with the leaders of the funded projects to determine the best way to spread and promote the project to this entire community of improvers. Projects that are not funded for this cycle will also benefit from feedback, as well as potential connections to others interested in partnering in similar activities.

We are so very delighted to continue to learn from this community of patient and parent innovators and improvers!

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About ImproveCareNow

ImproveCareNow is a Learning Health Network dedicated to transforming care, health and costs for all children and youth with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD) by building a sustainable collaborative chronic care network. We are enabling patients, families, clinicians and researchers to work together in a learning health care system to accelerate innovation, discovery and the application of new knowledge. We invite everyone interested in getting kids with IBD better right now to join us!

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