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IBD Patients Unite for Annual Education Program

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Rick Pietzak
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WHAT: UPMC will host IBD U.N.I.T.E. (Unify, Network, Inspire, Treat & Educate), a free health education program for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) patients, their families and loved ones. This day-long event offers information on advanced IBD treatments, non-traditional medical approaches to mind-gut health and community resources for comprehensive IBD patient care. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with other IBD patients and learn about their experiences. 


Pre-registration for the program is required before March 20, 2019. To register, visit the IBD U.N.I.T.E. website. 


WHY: Nearly 1.5 million Americans currently suffer from IBD, a condition that causes inflammation of the intestine. The UPMC Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center has one of the largest IBD-subspecialist gastroenterologist teams in the nation and recognizes the impact IBD symptoms can have on a patient’s quality of life.


WHO: Adults with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (collectively referred to as IBD), their families and loved ones. Nurses may receive Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hours from this accredited program.


WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 30 

WHERE: DoubleTree Monroeville, Monroeville Convention Center, 101 Mall Blvd., Monroeville, Pa., 15146; 412-373-7300.


Free, roundtrip, chartered bus transportation will be available from the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. For more information, click here


Note to Media: To cover this event, prior arrangements must be made by contacting Madison Brunner at or 412-432-8390.