Celiac Advocacy: It’s All About Who You Know
At the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA), my sole focus is, well, a disease. Telling people about it, making life better for those who live with it, and celebrating when we do. I work closely with the healthcare team to build relationships with the medical community and bring you the latest in research news. Did I ever think “immunoglobulin” would creep into my vocabulary? Nope, and I doubt many do.
Before joining NFCA, I worked for ADVANCE Newsmagazines, a series of trade publications for healthcare professionals. There, I met Michael Gerchufsky, editor of ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners & Physician Assistants.
To me, ADVANCE for NPs & PAs is the gold standard. Peer-reviewed articles, continuing medical education (CME) activities, and a strong presence at national conferences – it has a lot of clout, just as a trade publication should.
Knowing this, I called Michael about 2 months ago. We were looking for new ways to tell medical professionals about our free CME for primary care providers (www.CeliacCMECentral.com), and I thought ADVANCE for NPs & PAs would be the perfect platform. As luck would have it, Michael was already planning to run a celiac disease article. And, even better luck, it was scheduled for May!
The end result: CeliacCMECentral.com is highlighted in the article as a valuable course NPs & PAs should take advantage of. The article, titled “Celiac Disease: Furor in the Small Intestine” also includes charts with facts and figures from NFCA.
I couldn’t be happier with the outcome, and I hope NPs and PAs take this opportunity to learn about celiac disease. (Did I mention that it’s free?)
I’m sure a lot of us have connections in the medical community we haven’t even thought about. But you can make a difference just by sharing our Celiac CME with healthcare providers. So, pick your brain, dig through your contacts and tell the doctors you know to get informed!