Our mission is to improve the quality of life for BIPOC who are affected by IBD, Digestive Disorders and associated Chronic Illnesses; through Community, Research, Education, and Advocacy.


Be an Ambassador

An ambassador is an enthusiastic and dedicated chronic illness patient or professional, or the family member of a chronic illness patient, who is interested in sharing his or her time and expertise to help elevate awareness for chronic illnesses. As an ambassador you are passionate about our cause and committed to keeping abreast of new, relevant issues that may impact the community.

The goal of the Ambassador Board is to engage patients and healthcare professionals in raising awareness about chronic illnesses within their communities and among their social networks.


What does an Ambassador do?

Post on your social media page (FB or Twitter) once a month

Share COGI’s Facebook or Instagram posts twice a month

Be willing to be interviewed once a year about your condition

Add "COGI Ambassador Board Member" to your email signature

Be willing to participate in a photoshoot/video once a year for COGI

Participate in 1 fundraising activity to seek contributions of time, money and/or in-kind support from individuals and corporate partners

Ambassadors will be displayed on our website with their photo, condition, and year of diagnosis

Be willing to lead a virtual support group 1 time a year:

Topics will be given to the Ambassador 1 month prior.
We will do our best to pair Ambassador with a medical professional
(this is when the topic is medical)
Tools will be provided to Ambassador for conversation leadership

Be willing to be a voice for the community, explaining why this community is relevant and necessary.

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Our Ambassadors Are Everywhere!

Click below to find out how many Ambassadors are near or even in your own State!

Aarion Bell
I’m so excited and honored to be a part of this fantastic organization that gives me purpose.
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Ana-Alicia Ingram
As a patient and Crohn's survivor, I believe that I have a duty to serve our unserved communities and bring awareness to our fight for equity in black and brown communities.
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Ava Ricks
Growing up with a parent diagnosed with UC presented challenges in all ways but most importantly mentally.
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Carlos Cabrera (Cj Papuro)
Don't be afraid to reach out or advocate. You never know who you are going to move or inspire.
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Cijia Pierce
I have had biologic medications and others. In 2019 I had surgery due to my Crohn's Disease.
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Crystal Umaru
Crystal hopes to continue to work with COCCI for years to come to bring awareness and support to people of color struggling with IBD and chronic illness.
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Dominique Daniels
My reason for advocating is there are so many people who need and deserve excellent care regardless of race.
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Frank Hooks
As a Husband/care partner, my ultimate priority is to get through these obstacles together, one step at a time.
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Joshua Denton
Healthy eating, regular exercise, and a strong support team are how I manage this condition now.
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