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Celiac Disease and Gluten-Free Education

From 2009 through 2013, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) proudly educated a NFCA logo variety of healthcare professionals on celiac disease via the accredited Gluten-Free Resource Education and Awareness Training (GREAT) Healthcare programs. Through healthcare professional education, NFCA sought to advance its dual mission to increase diagnosis and improve the quality of life for those on a lifelong gluten-free diet.

In 2014, NFCA shifted its focus to maintain a patient-centered approach to achieve its mission of increasing diagnoses.  NFCA has vastly increased its gluten-free community through a variety of methods which have allowed the organization to expand its reach and messaging.  By educating people diagnosed with celiac disease on the genetic nature of the condition, NFCA is able to reach one of the most at-risk populations - family members.

While the following healthcare professional programs are no longer a focus for the organization, NFCA continues to offer its online gluten-free training program for foodservice professionals, GREAT Kitchens.

Patients and consumers are encouraged to explore NFCA’s Webinars for informational presentations on disease management and the gluten-free lifestyle. See NFCA’s Webinars »

Primary Care CME: Defining, Diagnosing and Managing Celiac DiseaseCME Icon

Since July 2010, NFCA has educated 593 medical providers on how to recognize and test for celiac disease through this free continuing medical education (CME) program. NFCA is proud to announce that this program has experienced success by almost doubling the average number of participants who participate in CME activities like this one. While the program no longer offers CME credits to physicians, the course remains open and available to medical professionals.   Visit www.CeliacCMECentral.com for more details.

Note: Accreditation of this program expired on July 31, 2014.

GREAT DietitiansGREAT Dietitians

This course educated dietitians and offered continuing education credits through the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.   


GREAT PharmacistsGREAT Pharmacists

Between March 2011 and March 2014, this course educated 1,296 pharmacy professionals on how to recognize the signs of celiac disease, identify gluten in medications and assist gluten-free consumers in using medicines safely.

Accreditation of this program by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education expired in March, 2014.

GREAT HealthcareMutlidisciplinary Healthcare Professionals

This course educated multidisciplinary healthcare professionals.



GREAT Kitchens

Food safety remains one of NFCA's top priorities and the organization continues to educate various GREAT Logo professionals within the foodservice sector through this gluten-free online training course.  This popular training resource has been adapted for educational establishments through the GREAT Schools, Colleges and Camps program.  Learn more at www.greatGFkitchens.org.



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