Beyond Celiac has been named an Honorable Mention recipient of Ragan’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) & Diversity Awards in the Community Relations and Engagement category. Ragan’s CSR & Diversity Awards celebrates the teams, organizations and agencies whose work is positively impacting communities, whether internally, locally or globally.
Beyond Celiac was chosen from a wide pool of entries to receive Honorable Mention recognition in Community Relations and Engagement for its passionate work with the Voices of Celiac campaign.
The Voices of Celiac project aims to spread awareness about celiac disease by showcasing diverse stories of the celiac disease experience from patients around the world. Stories are collected on the Beyond Celiac website and shared on a dedicated campaign hub and the Beyond Celiac social media channels. Almost two hundred stories have been collected so far, showcasing the real life experiences of people with celiac disease from a wide range of races, ethnicities, genders, locations, and ages.
“Promoting diversity and reducing disparities in diagnosis and management of celiac disease are key objectives for Beyond Celiac,” said Beyond Celiac director of research engagement and campaign lead Maria Luci. “We created the Voices of Celiac project to highlight unique stories of our community members and celebrate their diverse experiences. Beyond Celiac is honored to be recognized by Ragan for this campaign, which has brought to light a number of common shared issues amongst minority celiac disease patients.”
Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune disorder that affects an estimated 1 in 133 Americans, more than half of whom are still undiagnosed. The disease causes damage to the small intestine, resulting in debilitating symptoms, and if left untreated, can lead to serious long-term health problems including infertility and some types of cancer.