As we continue our journey toward advancing awareness and understanding of celiac disease, it is crucial that we reflect on health equity and the persistent clinical disparities within our community—so that together we can confront these factors and dismantle barriers hindering access to care and support. 

Health equity represents the principle that all individuals should have fair and equal access to opportunities for optimal health, regardless of their background or circumstances. Unfortunately, disparities persist in access to healthcare, diagnosis, and treatment of celiac disease, with issues disproportionately affecting marginalized communities. 

These disparities manifest in various ways for individuals from underserved populations, from limited access to healthcare resources and diagnostic testing to inadequate education and support. Additionally, cultural and socioeconomic factors often compound these challenges and further exacerbate inequity. 

The Celiac Disease Foundation is dedicated to advancing health equity within the celiac disease community, prioritizing inclusivity and justice. We’ve partnered with the Society for the Study of Celiac Disease to establish the Improving Health Equity in Celiac Disease Through Disparities Research award, providing up to $100,000 over two years to support research into the factors affecting celiac disease management and representation of underserved populations. Additionally, we’re collaborating with multiple organizations to provide feedback to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on enhancing diversity in clinical trials. Recognizing the significant impact of food insecurity in the celiac community, we’ve launched the Celiac Disease Foundation Food Insecurity Resource Network to assist families in need, building upon our advocacy efforts to address this critical issue. 

This month, I urge each of you to reflect on how we can foster a more equitable healthcare landscape. Let us strive to amplify the voices of marginalized communities, advocate for culturally sensitive healthcare practices, and champion policies that promote equitable access to diagnosis, treatment, and support services for individuals with celiac disease. 

By making a donation today, you can contribute to our efforts to drive meaningful change and create a future where everyone affected by celiac disease receives the care they deserve, regardless of their background or circumstances.   

Thank you for your ongoing dedication to our shared mission of advancing celiac disease awareness, advocacy, and support. 


To Our Health, 

Marilyn G. Geller

Chief Executive Officer