ImproveCareNow is transforming care, health and costs for all children and youth with IBD through continuous improvement, innovation and discovery. Here are some of the events and opportunities happening in ImproveCareNow.

Upcoming events & opportunities:

Opportunity - PRODUCE Study at Participating ImproveCareNow Centers

Wednesday, January 02, 2019 at 06:00 PM

(this opportunity is available through October 2019)

Are you Interested in nutrition in IBD?  We are excited to tell you about a new research study called the PRODUCE study - Personalized Research On Diet in Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s diseasE. The PRODUCE study will examine how nutrition impacts symptoms and inflammation in pediatric patients with IBD.  It will ask whether a wholesome diet - the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) - can be used as a treatment therapy. The SCD is a nutritionally complete, grain free diet that is low in sugar and dairy with a focus on fresh, whole and unprocessed foods.  If you would like to find out more information, please contact:  You can also visit the PRODUCE website at:

Opportunity - Healthy Mind, Healthy You

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 06:00 PM
(This opportunity is available through July 2019)

Got stress?

Most people experience stress at some point in their lives. Stress can make you feel bad. Stress can also make your health problems worse. This includes heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, depression, and more. Even cancer!

Here's how you can help! Join a nationwide study that looks at how to use mindfulness to cope with stress. This could help people with more than 100 different medical conditions, including Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

The study is called Healthy Mind Healthy You. The goal is to learn more about how mindfulness can reduce stress. In the study, you are randomly assigned to one of two online mindfulness programs, a three-session program or an eight-session program.

This study is for members of ImproveCareNow. It includes patients, caregivers, and family members.


What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness focuses on being in the present moment. At the same time, you observe your thoughts and feelings in an accepting, non-judgmental way. When you do mindfulness, you usually start by paying attention to your breathing and your body. Then you move to your thoughts and feelings

Mindfulness comes from a tradition that goes back hundreds of years. This study is not related to any religion.

What do I have to do to join?

  • Have access to the internet with a computer or mobile device. 
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Review information about the study and agree (consent) to join the study.
  • Answer a few questions about yourself.
  • Complete the three-session or eight-session online mindfulness program. 
  • Fill out questionnaires during the study so we can see how you are doing. 


Fall 2019 Community Conference

Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 12:00 PM
Chicago Marriott O’Hare in Chicago, IL

Please note: Thursday September 19 is reserved for the QI Bootcamp and Engagement Fair. 

Spring 2020 Community Conference

Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Lake Buena Vista, FL

Please note: Thursday, April 2 is reserved for the QI Bootcamp and Engagement Fair.

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