Each year IFFGD sponsors Advocacy Day to encourage digestive health advocates across the United States to take action on behalf of all those suffering with a functional gastrointestinal or motility disorder (FGIMD). Over the past eight years, hundreds of advocates representing different FGIMDs have reached out to their House Congressional Representatives by phone, email, and social media to share their personal experiences with these conditions and advocate for increased research funding through provisions of The Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act (HR 1187). By raising our voices together on a single day, we amplify our messsage - that research into these conditions must happen NOW!

Two years ago, in preparation for Advocacy Day, IFFGD held its first advocacy Tweet Chat. The responses we received from the chat echoed the need of the digestive health community for greater global awareness and research into new and better treatments.

In advance of IFFGD's 8th Annual Advocacy Day on September 12th, we would like to follow up on those questions and explore how we can be more effective advocates.

#IFFGDChat Recap

Join the conversation Tuesday, September 5th at 1 PM EST with #IFFGDChat

Discussion Questions

Q1 What makes an FGIMD advocate?

Q2 What are actions that support FGIMD advocacy?

Q3 What is your advocacy goal? What would you like to see the FGIMD community achieve?

Q4 What are some of your advocacy successes? Describe a moment you felt especially connected to FGIMD advocacy and how you got there. 

Q5 Bowel conditions that may cause embarrassment or be physically limiting may prevent those affected from taking on the mantle of their condition publicly. Was that something you had to overcome to be an advocate?

Q6 What would you like to see from IFFGD or other organizations to support advocacy for the FGIMD community?

 

#IFFGDChat Recap

Q1 What makes an FGIMD advocate?                           

 

Q2 What are actions that support FGIMD advocacy?

 

Q3 What is your advocacy goal? What would you like to see the FGIMD community achieve?                                                              

 

Q4 What are some of your advocacy successes? Describe a moment you felt especially connected to FGIMD advocacy and how you got there.

 

Q5 Bowel conditions that may cause embarrassment or be physically limiting may prevent those affected from taking on the mantle of their condition publicly. Was that something you had to overcome to be an advocate?

 

 

 

Advocate for Change

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What it means to be an advocate – someone who speaks out and works with others to create meaningful, positive change. Let your voice be heard.

Taking Action for Digestive Health

The Functional GI and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act

Make Your Voice Heard