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.

Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week

#InLivingCOCCI 2023

#InLivingCOCCI 2023


Let’s Celebrate!



For so long, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis were thought to be diseases that were unassociated with diverse patient communities. We know that to be false information. Many communities of color are impacted by these inflammatory bowel diseases – from the actual patient, to family members and friends.

IBD is unique to the individual, and our community members certainly have some great days, while other days require quite a bit of strength and management.

One of the largest hurdles that BIPOC communities face with IBD is receiving an accurate and timely diagnosis. Reducing time to diagnosis would not only provide an opportunity for patients to better understand what’s going on with their bodies, but also allow the disease to be diagnosed at a less severe state.

As we celebrate #InLivingCOCCI during Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week, we invite you to join our NEW live and virtual events for community members, providers, and industry supporters. Awareness week is a great opportunity to engage in conversations with healthcare providers, learn more about IBD and it’s connection to other chronic illnesses, and find ways to support your friends and family members who might be diagnosed with IBD, and so much more.


To our Ambassadors & Community Members, thank you for using your superpower–Your Voiceto bring awareness to the diversity in Crohn’s & Colitis patients & families.

Understanding IBD

Understanding IBD



  • Stomach Pain
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Iron Deficiency
  • Chronic Diarrhea

were 91% less likely than white patients to get an appropriate workup for IBD.

Source: Anyane-Yeboa A, Li B, Traboulsi C, et al. Black race and public insurance are predictive of inappropriate evaluation of iron deficiency anemia and diarrhea. Dig Dis Sci. 2021;66(7):2200-2206.

Community Support

Community Support

We're Here To Support You!

"I don't know many people who have IBD and look like me..." Community is so important and the goal is to make you feel like we're extended family helping you navigate your journey as a patient! We want to not only build your voice, but create change that has lasting positive effects.
In Living COCCI Events

In Living COCCI Events

In Living Yoga Graphic

Saturday, Dec 2, 2023

IN LIVING YOGA: Mind Over (Mat)ter

A continuation of our Health is Wealth Lounge, In Living Yoga is a space that will host yoga and meditation sessions in partnership with Level 3 Yoga and Sisters with Yoga, while educating guests on mental health and digestive diseases. Grab a bite, take a session, and kick off our week of events for Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week.


Tuesday, Dec 5, 2023

DESTRESS WITH COCCI: Adult Coloring Night

In partnership with Eustress, Inc., join us to vibe out, reduce everyday stress, and take action toward living a healthier, wealthier and happier life through coloring. You’ll color while grabbing a bite to eat and discussing gut health. All levels of coloring experience welcome!


COCCI x Eustress Event
COCCI x Gut Theory Event (1)

Wednesday, Dec 6, 2023


In partnership with Gut Theory Total Digestive Care, this event offers a unique chance to engage with a Nutrition/Obesity specialist and gastroenterologist, specifically addressing the intersection of obesity in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and other gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses. It provides an exclusive opportunity to delve beyond typical nutrition consultations, integrating a foundational knowledge of chronic GI conditions. This personalized approach is tailored to accommodate the complexities associated with obesity in IBD and other GI illnesses.


Thursday, Dec 7, 2023

COCCI’s Virtual Ugly Sweater Game Night

After a week of events, education, and most importantly, awareness around Crohn’s and Colitis — unwind with COCCI team on Zoom. Don’t have an ugly sweater? That’s fine! We welcome the entire community, ugly sweater or not to hop on, kick back, and win some prizes.


COCCI Ugly Sweater Party
Social Media

Social Media



Color of Crohn’s & Chronic Illness would like to thank our sponsors for supporting #InLivingCOCCI


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