As someone diagnosed with celiac disease, you know how important it is to get an accurate and prompt diagnosis. You have the power to help others restore their health and reclaim their lives. Because celiac disease runs in families, you are the natural link to help your genetically at-risk family members get screened.
NFCA’s mission is to secure early diagnosis and effective management for all people living with celiac disease. To do this, we drive diagnosis through the education and screening of at-risk blood relatives.
Learn about the research-tested approach and strategic formula, as part of NFCA's Seriously, Celiac Disease campaign, you should be using so that you can have the most impactful conversation from NFCA’s Director of Healthcare Initiatives, Kristin Voorhees.
NFCA’s Patient Advisory Council member and Health Psychology Fellow, Christina Gentile, will also join us to talk about the importance of having the confidence to open this conversation.
Thanks to Hain Celestial for sponsoring this webinar!
About the Panelists
Kristin Voorhees, MA, NFCA Director of Healthcare Initiatives
Kristin Voorhees became passionate about changing the healthcare system as a result of enduring years of misdiagnoses and ill health before a 2007 diagnosis with celiac disease.
In 2010, Kristin joined the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) team after having the privilege of working with the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) on physician education for two years. Today, Kristin is the Director of Healthcare Initiatives at NFCA, where she advances NFCA’s mission through developing, delivering, managing, and evaluating educational and research programs. At NFCA, Kristin stewards multidisciplinary relationships in order to deploy a social entrepreneurial model that activates change in the landscape by addressing and solving key disparities. In 2012, she and the Celiac Center at BIDMC acted as co-preceptors on a graduate research project aimed to identify key barriers to celiac disease testing among at-risk family members. She has since fostered the growth of this work under the auspices of NFCA's Family Talk program, which has recently become redefined as Seriously, Celiac Disease.
She holds a BA in communications from James Madison University and an MA in health communications from Emerson College/Tufts School of Medicine. She has an enthusiasm for influencing behavior change and maintains a core belief that patients have an active role in evidence-based medicine.
Christina Gentile, Psy.D., member of NFCA's Patient Advisory Council
Christina Gentile, Psy.D., is a Health Psychology Fellow at California Pacific Medical Center in the San Francisco Bay Area. Diagnosed with celiac disease 12 years ago, Christina has a special interest in topics such as GI disorders, health promotion, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Interventions. She also has extensive experience in the fields of oncology, eating disorders, and nutrition and dietetics.