CSA Celiac Awareness Program (CSA-CAP)
Celiac Awareness Program

Progress to date: 
The Celiac Awareness Program (formerly known as CSA-PEP) has completed its pilot phase. Over 200 physicians across the nation were personally presented the pilot version of PEP materials by a CSA member. Feedback will be obtained from those medical professionals who have received preliminary packets, to make necessary revisions prior to the major campaign.

CSA-CAP was established to promote celiac disease awareness and early diagnosis of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity through patient-to-physician contact. This formal presentation launched CSA’s national pilot campaign to establish awareness of celiac disease and the importance of early diagnosis to physicians and medical students.

The A World Celiac Commuity  Foundation funded the materials presented to Robert Wergin, M.D., at the Milford Family Medical Center.

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Milford ClinicMilford Family Medical Center staff Nicole Stauffer, Ellen Chaffin and Dr. Robert Wergin accept the first CSA-PEP Pilot materials from Mary Schluckebier, CSA executive director. CSA’s goal is to reach 60,800 physicians and 10,000 medical students across the United States.

Partnering for Success
This working partnership between CSA and physicians will substantially raise the degree of suspicion necessary to identify at-risk patients
and increase the rate of Celiac disease diagnosis and follow-up patient support. Through increased diagnosis and better management
of celiac disease, this project will potentially improve the lives of millions of people who are presently suffering needlessly.

The Need for Physician Awareness
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) published its consensus panel statement on celiac disease (CD) in 2004. This consensus statement called for better education of healthcare providers. The NIH estimates over 3,000,000 people in the US have celiac disease,  but few are diagnosed. Further, years of suffering may pass before a patient receives a definitive celiac disease diagnosis.

According to Joseph Murray, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, “The major challenge is not in confirming the diagnosis but in identifying those individuals who may have celiac disease and selecting the appropriate tests to screen for it. Many practitioners are not familiar with the many ways in which celiac disease presents or with the noninvasive methods available for identifying the disease.”

Awareness of Celiac disease is slowly increasing. There are 800,000 physicians in the US receptive to educational resources which will enable them to recognize and promptly diagnose celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.

CSA Responds
CSA initiated a most ambitious celiac disease physician awareness program ever undertaken in the United States. The CSA Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity Physician Awareness Program (CSA-CAP).

CSA is perfectly suited to deliver focused information to physicians and medical students. As a non-profit celiac support
organization in the United States, CSA has 30+ years of experience providing resources to over 94,000 data base contacts,  national members, and chapters and resource units across the country. CSA consults with board certified medical advisors to develop educational materials.

CSA-CAP Goal
The goal of CSA-CAP is to increase the rate of assessment, diagnosis and treatment of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity in the United States.

CSA-CAP Objectives

  • Establish greater awareness of celiac disease and the importance of early diagnosis through working partnerships with the mainstream medical community and public.
  • Compile a comprehensive set of educational materials on celiac disease and gluten sensitivity from noted medical sources-the CSA-CAP packet.
  • Deliver CSA-CAP packets to 60,800 physicians and 10,000 medical students.
  • Introduce physicians and medical students to CSA and its national programs, resources, and patient support chapters.

Partnering for Success
This working partnership between CSA and physicians will substantially raise the degree of suspicion necessary to identify at-risk patients and increase the rate of Celiac disease diagnosis and follow-up patient support. Through increased diagnosis and better management of celiac disease, this project will potentially improve the lives of millions of people who are presently suffering needlessly.

If you wish to have your physician receive a CSA-CAP packet with your $50 donation by contacting CSA at 1-877-CSA-4-CSA.

CSA-CAP Fact Sheet