The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Michigan Chapter will be hosting an educational seminar for patients and caregivers affected by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in Grand Rapids on September 13, 2017 Held at Davenport University, the event will feature speakers from Spectrum Health and includes the following presentations as well as a Q&A session with the panel:
  • “Living the Life You Want with IBD” - Pat Howe LMSW, LMFT
  • “Health Maintenance in IBD” - Linda Morris-McCoy NP
  • “Advances in Therapeutics” - Lia Kaufman, MD

The IBD Educational Seminar will take place on Wednesday, September 13th at Davenport University’s Robert W. Sneden Center, Meeting Halls 2 & 3, located at 6191 Kraft Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512. The program is free for Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation members and $5 for non-members. Pre-registration is required.

About Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affects 1 in 200 people. They are painful, medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system. Crohn's disease may attack anywhere along the digestive tract, while ulcerative colitis inflames only the large intestine (colon). Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever and weight loss. Many patients require numerous hospitalizations and surgery. Most people develop the diseases between the ages of 15 and 35; however the incidence is increasing in children.

About the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is the largest voluntary non-profit health organization dedicated to finding cures for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). The foundation’s mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who suffer from these diseases. The Foundation works to fulfill its mission by funding research, providing educational resources for patients and their families, medical professionals, and the public, and furnishing supportive services for those afflicted with IBD. For more information, visit, call 888-694-8872 or email