NEW YORK, N.Y.—The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to curing Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, this week introduced its newly designed website, www.ccfa.org.
“We are very excited about the next iteration of CCFA’s web presence," said Richard Geswell, president of CCFA. “We engaged key stakeholders to create a user-friendly, multi-media experience that is aesthetically pleasing and easy to navigate. Our job is to provide accurate, unbiased information about inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and the progress we are making toward finding cures."
There are an estimated 1 in 200 Americans suffering from IBD, many of whom are in need of critical information and support for the treatment and on-going management of their diseases. The new site was structured with two distinct audiences in mind: patients and caregivers and professionals working in the field of IBD, including doctors, nurses and researchers. Key features of the new website include:
• All-new “newly diagnosed" section
• Extensive resource library including webcasts, brochures, factsheets and videos
• Social media integration including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
• Expanded Chapter pages that include local events, support groups and news
• “Find a Support Group" tab displaying more than 300 support groups nationwide and searchable by state or zip code
• Enhanced directory and search capabilities for those looking for a healthcare professional
• An interactive map highlighting CCFA research efforts across the country, including clinical trials and numerous other studies
• Special sections with the latest for the scientific community geared toward researchers and physicians
• New content including patient stories and profiles
“The website was designed to be a resource for the entire CCFA community with a special emphasis on the newly diagnosed," Geswell said. “It is critical that we are able to serve our patients quickly when they need us the most, which is typically at the time of diagnosis or during a flare."