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Taking Care to the Next Level - How Patients are Making a Difference

Mahalakshmi (Maha) Parakala is an active member of the Patient Advisory Council and currently serves a co-leader of their recruitment taskforce. She is a LOOP contributor, has presented during ICN Community Conferences, has co-developed IBD resources, and recently co-hosted an episode of the new imPACt podcast. At our Spring Live Online Community Conference, Maha shared her story about discovering patient advocacy and the role it has played in her life during our Engagement Plenary Better Together: Growing our CIRCLE Community to Take Care to the Next Level.

Please enjoy Maha's presentation, which we have shared both as a video and in transcript form, below:


Spring 2021 Live Online Community Conference - Stronger Together: Reflection, Resilience, and Recovery

On Thursday, March 25 and Friday, March 26, ImproveCareNow will host their third LIVE Online Community Conference (LOCC). Sessions begin on March 25 at 9:30 AM ET (8:30 AM CT, 7:30 AM MT, 6:30 AM PT) and continue through 5:00 PM ET when a causal Engagement and Social Hour begins. Sessions resume again on March 26 at 10:00 AM ET and continue through the first half of the day, with a wrap up scheduled at 1:20 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 advocacy for patients, families, and the community; managing mental health and IBD during the COVID-19 pandemic; recovering from flares; and food insecurity.


Dr. Richard B. Colletti Honored with Clinical Plenary Naming

ImproveCareNow Executive Leadership and the Community Conference Planning Team have announced their intention to honor former President and Executive Network Director, Dr. Richard B. Colletti, by naming the Community Conference clinical plenary after him, beginning with the Spring 2021 Live Online Community Conference:   

The Richard B. Colletti Clinical Plenary: Understanding Disparities in Gastrointestinal Disorders: Where They Stem from and Strategies to Overcome Them 


IGNITE – It starts with us.

Christian is co-chair of the Patient Advisory Council and a young black man living with Crohn's disease. He delivered a powerful #IgniteTalk at our Fall 2020 Live Online Community Conference. Read a written version of Christian’s Ignite Talk below:


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.


ImproveCareNow Will Host a Live Online Community Conference in Fall 2020

On Wednesday, May 27, 2020 ImproveCareNow announced the decision to transition their in-person Fall Community Conference to a Live Online event. The decision was made jointly by the ImproveCareNow Directors and the Community Conference Planning Team, in consideration of the continued uncertain circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Communities are resilient.

I was delighted to have time to join the ImproveCareNow Live Online Community Conference earlier this month, about 1.5 years after leaving my role as Improvement Director. What a delight to watch this group of improvers rise to the occasion as never before, bringing hundreds of people across the globe together under challenging circumstances, all while understandably mourning the ability to be together in person as planned.


Spring 2020 LIVE Online Community Conference - Pathway to the Future

On Friday, April 3, ImproveCareNow will host a LIVE Online Community Conference (LOCC). The LOCC will be preceded by a late breaking session on Telemedicine in Response to COVID-19 at 9:30am ET (8:30am CT, 7:30am MT, 6:30am PT) and the main event will begin at 10:30am ET (9:30am CT, 8:30am MT, 7:30am PT). 

All are welcome to join this free online event where we will be exploring ImproveCareNow's Pathway to the Future and how we can all continue to work together to transform health, care and costs for all children and adolescents with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.


The PAC wants to connect with you and have some fun together

Hi, it’s Christian – co-chair of the PAC! I’m really excited to let you know that the PAC is once again offering ICN gear in our online shop. This year, we’ve added some new hoodies and sweaters in gray, black and white. And you’ll find some other fan favorites: t-shirts, coffee mugs, pillows, and more! To get your ICN gear, please visit: https://teespring.com/stores/2020-icn-store


ImproveCareNow Moves to Live Online Community Conference Amid Rising COVID-19 Concerns

On Friday, March 6, 2020 ImproveCareNow Executive Directors, Dr. Richard Colletti and Dr. Peter Margolis, announced the decision to move the in-person Community Conference scheduled for April 2-4, to a Live Online Community Conference on April 3.


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