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Fall 2020 Live Online Community Conference: 2020 Vision - Better Together

On Thursday, September 24 & Friday, September 25, ImproveCareNow will host their second LIVE Online Community Conference (LOCC). Sessions begin on September 24 at 12:30 PM ET (11:30 AM CT, 10:30 AM MT, 9:30 AM PT) and continue through 5:00 PM ET when a causal Engagement and Social Hour begins. Sessions resume again on September 25 at 10:30 AM ET and continue throughout the day, with a wrap up scheduled for 4:35 PM ET. 

All are welcome to join us for this interactive, online event where we plan to all teach and all learn about topics including diversity & equity, patient & family engagement, the effects of COVID-19 on health and care, and our path forward with new ICN leadership.

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Patient Perspectives on Telehealth and In-Person Care in the Time of COVID-19

COVID-19 – the illness caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) – has brought unprecedented challenges for both patients with IBD and their care providers. In this post, members of the Patient Advisory Council share perspectives on accessing telehealth and in-person care in the time of COVID-19, and recommendations for improving together.

We believe these perspectives are important for individuals with IBD to review and consider, because the quality of our care is directly tied to our long-term health and wellbeing. If we possibly have less effective care during a pandemic, it can have downstream effects on our health and our lives.

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I can overcome obstacles

Hi, I am a 16-year-old high school student diagnosed with Crohn's disease. I am a part of the varsity tennis team, Model UN, French Club, National French Honors Society, and High Pride. The most interesting thing people don't know about me is that I was the champion child of the year for the Children’s Miracle Network at my local hospital.

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ImproveCareNow Executive Director – Kristin Howe, DC, MHA – in her own words

Health is not just the absence of disease but a state of overall wellbeing.” - World Health Organization

I started my career in health care nearly 20 years ago as a chiropractor specializing in orthopedic rehabilitation and sports injuries. With a background in physical therapy, I spent about nine years focused on post-acute therapy and rehabilitation. Throughout my career, the view of health as described above by the World Health Organization framed my approach to care.

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ImproveCareNow Clinical Director – Shehzad Saeed, MD, FAAP, AGAF – in his own words

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou

I am a graduate of Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan. I was the first in my family to seek medical education, having been inspired by the work of programs like Doctors without Borders. My plan for seeking postgraduate training drastically changed when I applied for and received my immigrant visa in the US lottery and came to the United States to seek residency and post residency training in pediatric gastroenterology.

I have had many blessings and learnings that I have had the good fortune of being exposed to in this great adopted country of mine. This is a very brief story of my journey to become involved with ImproveCareNow, beginning as a practicing pediatric gastroenterologist at a participating children’s hospital and leading to my present role as Clinical Director for ImproveCareNow.  

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Resources for caregivers and professionals caring for IBD patients and their families

In 2019, the National Alliance for Caregiving, in partnership with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and ImproveCareNow, released the first national report, to our knowledge, on caregiving of individuals with inflammatory bowel disease. Roller Coaster of Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A National Study of Caregivers of Individuals with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis focuses on caregiving for the more than three million Americans affected by the two most common forms of IBD. It was clear from the study that caregivers needed support, with the report providing insight on who provides that support and caregivers’ perception of their capacity to provide care for the condition. The report also includes policy recommendations and next steps that can be taken in order to improve support for IBD caregivers and their families.

In 2020, NAC followed up this study with two additional resources for caregivers and professionals caring for IBD patients and their families.

  

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What I Need, When It’s Needed – Communication and information seeking preferences of parents and patients are highly varied

As we have shared in previous #WINWIN posts, the ICN Engagement Team is committed to gathering and effectively sharing information, knowledge and know-how that may help patients with IBD and their families. In a 2019 survey the Engagement Team asked the ICN Community to share how they prefer to connect, find and receive information. Their responses are helping us learn how to get the right information to the right people at the right time on their IBD journey. In this post we are sharing feedback related to communication and information seeking preferences of patients and patients.

This is a work in progress. Our ultimate goal is to get the right information, to the right people, at the right times and using a method that works for them. We want patients and families to have what they need, when the need it! If you have thoughts to share on these topics, please contact us so we can learn from you!

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Top Five Stories About Life with Crohn’s

LOOP is a place for ICN Community members to share their stories – experiences, perspectives, wisdom. Since the blog was created in 2012, hundreds of stories have been shared by patients, parents, clinicians, researchers, collaborators and friends. We've recapped our top five, most read stories from patients about life with Crohn’s disease.

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