The Schubert-Martin Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Cincinnati Children's, in collaboration with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America Southwest Ohio, offers an education day for patients with IBD and their families.

The 10th Annual IBD Family Education Day was held on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at The Manor House in Mason, Ohio from 11 am - 4 pm.

The 11th Annual IBD Family Education Day will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2016.

The Keynote Speaker in 2015 was Megan-Kate Hoover.

Megan-Kate Hoover grew up with her parents and two older siblings in a small city in Washington State. At the age of 9, Megan-Kate began having severe arthritis, lethargy, and pain. Obtaining a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease and achieving remission took 6 years.

During this long journey, animals became the one consistent thing in her life.  Animals provided distraction from the pain, medications, and the difficult aspects of managing life with Crohn’s.  Her passion for animals became a career.

Four years ago, Megan-Kate was contracted to assist the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens in raising and training two cougar cubs.  She is now the Zoo’s Animal Curator, training all animals. Cincinnati is home, where she met her husband, owns a home, created a new life and career with the zoo... and she has Crohn’s disease.

Please find the presentations from the 2015 IBD Education Day below: