Join Us for an IBD Educational Webinar Series!

IBD Awareness Week is just around the corner and the foundation’s Ohio & Michigan Chapters are collaborating to present an educational webinar series. These sessions aim to provide information and resources for both IBD patients and caregivers, as well as the general population.  Register using the link below and share with others who may be interested.

Strategies for Navigating the Holiday Buffets- Diet & Nutrition For IBD
December 4, 2017, 7:30- 8:30 pm
Kristen Roberts, RD, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Stress Management with A Chronic Illness- Surviving the Holidays & Beyond
December 5, 2017, 7:30 -8:30 pm
Nancy Panganamala, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice, Cincinnati, OH

Diet, Exercise and Wellness for the Patient with IBD -Working Towards a Healthier 2018
December 6, 2017, 7:30-8:30 pm
Emily Haller, RDN, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI

Reasonable Accommodations at Work & School- Know Your Rights
December 7, 2017, 7:30- 8:30 pm
Marci Johnson, LISW-S, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH
Michael A. Liner, Esq., Liner Legal, LLC, Cleveland, OH


10th Annual IBD Patient Update

Our 10th Annual IBD Update was a great success with over 150 in attendence. For those who could not make the live program, below are the presentations given by our experts.

Changing Medication vs. Surgery: Decision Making in IBD
Anita Afzali, MD, MPH, FACG
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Medical Director, The Ohio State University Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
Abercrombie & Fitch Endowed Chair in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Emerging Therapies in IBD: The Future is Bright
Nirmal Kaur, MD
Director – Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
Henry Ford Health System, Detroit,  MI

Living the Life You Want With IBD
Pat Howe, LMSW
Spectrum Health Digestive Disease Health Services, IBD Clinic
Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI

Diet, Exercise and Wellness for the IBD Patient
Emily Haler, RDN
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program
Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI

Many thanks to our Exhibitors!



Are you newly diagnosed or experiencing new symptoms or treatment?  Want insights from someone who’s been down the same path?

Power of Two is a Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation support program that connects people facing challenges brought on by living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Individuals seeking help are matched with a peer mentor who has experienced similar medical and personal concerns. Power of Two peer mentors are trained to support participants through two phone, email, or video chat exchanges. 

The program is open to people with Crohn’s or colitis and those with children, family members, or other loved ones with these diseases. Anyone over the age of 10 can apply to be a mentor to provide insights into living with Crohn’s and colitis. (Individuals under the age of 18 will need parental/guardian consent.)

Whether you are seeking support or are willing to help others as a peer mentor, please contact Becky Johnson Rescola at 216.524.7700 x 5 or

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While our educational resources contain almost everything you might need to know about Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, there are some things that you’ll want to talk with a Crohn’s and colitis information specialist about.

Whether you’re looking for a specific resource, referrals to other organizations, or answers to questions you can’t find anywhere else, you can speak with helpful specialists at the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's Information Resource Center Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Partners is an ambitious program from the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation designed to improve the quality of life for patients living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) through research and education. We plan to enroll at least 10,000 or more patients in an online registry to obtain a better understanding of issues facing IBD patients, how they are functioning, what they eat, and how they receive treatment in different areas of the country. We use this network to provide topics for patients to discuss with their physicians and to help improve their quality of life.

We know living with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis can be difficult, but the right resources and support can make day-to-day living easier. Join our free online community to get the support you need in managing your condition. Participate in discussion boardspersonal stories, ask a question to our panel of experts and much more. The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Community is waiting for people just like you. Join today!

Online Support Group

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Online Support Group connects people with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis who face similar challenges. This 4-week series consists of weekly chat sessions that cover specific IBD-related topics and allow participants to share their views on each topic. Each 90-minute chat session is guided by a Crohn's & Colitis Foundation moderator.

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's first interactive, college student focused website is now live!  If you’re a college student living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, you can connect to our online community through Facebook to start discussions with other students who are also affected by Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). Students can log on, plot themselves on a map, post events on campus, find events on campus and more!  There are great resources for students to use and share with others.  Share this site with all college students with IBD so they can connect with others around the country.

We know it’s difficult to live with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis as a teen. You are not alone! We created this site so you can learn and connect with other teens who share their stories and experiences. Log in and check it out!

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Click to see our National Advocacy updates! We have many exciting new developments with the 
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation and legislation, and we can only continue to grow these efforts with advocates. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming an advocate for these devastating diseases known collectively as IBD.