Be an Advocate

Advocacy is a major component of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation’s mission. Our advocates are not only patients, but family members, friends, caregivers, and doctors who want to make their voices heard and see a future free from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis

Start making a difference today by joining the Advocacy Network and Take Action now!

Here's how you can take action today:

As an advocate you can help us:

  • Call for increased federal funding for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis research and awareness programs designed to improve the lives of patients 
  • Encourage our members, volunteers, and friends to become actively involved in advancing our public policy goals 
  • Share personal stories and provide crucial information about the impact of these devastating diseases
  • Inform and inspire elected representatives in Congress

We've already achieved great success in urging legislators to implement responsible policies that can transform the lives of the more than 1.6 million Americans living with inflammatory bowel diseases. With your help, we can accomplish even more. Learn more about our advocacy priorities.

Our Advocacy Toolkit is available for download! Take it with you and be an advocate wherever you go!

Update on the American Health Care Act and the health reform debate:

The House of Representatives recently introduced the American Health Care Act in an effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The American Health Care Act recently passed two committees and is expected to be passed by the full House. The Foundation is currently reviewing the legislation and will convey next steps to the Advocacy Network. We have provided a primer on our approach to the debate and recommendations for how constituents can get involved below. Also below is a link to the Foundation's position statement. Join the Advocacy Network and stay tuned for further updates, analyses, and action alerts!