Outreach Volunteers for Northwest Gastroenterology Offices (WA, OR, ID, MT, AK)
Thank you for volunteering to visit gastroenterology offices in your community! This outreach is critical to ensure patients and their loved ones are aware of the resources available to them. Please follow these steps to complete outreach visits and contact Kathleen Newbould Waite if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-451-8455 x6. Thank you for your commitment to help Crohn's and colitis patients!
1. Plan to start by visiting your GI provider. If you want to make additional visits, do some research online to find additional gastroenterology offices or ask Kathleen for a list.
2. Order free brochures online. We recommend starting with these for each office:
- 1x: Diet, Nutrition, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- 5x: The Facts on Crohn's & Colitis: Living well with IBD
- 1x: IRC Brochure
- For pediatric offices, 1x:
- Comic Book: Pete Learns All About Crohn's & Colitis
- Crohn's disease & Ulcerative Colitis: A Guide for Parents
- A Guide for Teens with IBD
3. Print out these sheets at home:
- Introduction letter for newly diagnosed patients
- Give each office 5 copies of The Facts on Crohn's & Colitis, each with a letter folded in half and tucked inside the front cover.
- Brochure order form
- Power of Two Flyer
- Flyers for upcoming events:
4. Bring the printouts and brochures to your next appointment with your GI provider or call and ask when would be a good time to come by to share patient resources.
Suggested talking points for volunteers:
- I'm a volunteer with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America and I have some informaiton on patient resources. Who would be the best person in the office to give this information?
- Thanks for allowing me a few minutes of your time. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America is a volunteer-driven organization that provides patients and professionals with information, support and education about inflammatory bowel disease.
- I'm not sure how familiar your office is with the Foundation, but I want to express how important it is for your staff to share these resources with your patients. Briefly share how CCFA's programs have helped you and your family.
- Here is information on just a few of the resources CCFA offers. I want to highlight the brochure order form-- these educational brochures are available to your office free of charge. They are full of up-to-date, credible information and have no commercial bias. Patients appreciate having this quality information and physicians find that it helps answer patients' questions when appointment times are short.
- I encourage you to reach out to the CCFA and find out how they can help you support your patients. If they are already involved with CCFA, thank them for their dedication to the IBD community!
- Thank you for your time!
5. Report back to Education & Support Manager Kathleen Newbould Waite which office(s) you visited, whom you spoke with, and any follow up needed. email@example.com, 425-451-8455 x6
Other helpful links: