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ImproveCareNow G.I. Parent Partner


Hi, my name is Joanna Hagedorn and I'm a parent partner for Boys Town Pediatrics GI Clinic.  I also work in conjunction with the Improve Care Now Network.  My son Riley was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2012, but I've actually been dealing with Crohn's and Colitis, nutrition, and the ins and the outs for the last 15 years.  I'm here to help you navigate the road, the peaks, the valleys, the ups and the downs of your pediatric IBD diagnosis.

Boys Town Pediatrics works with a company called Improve Care Now. Now what they do together, both parties is they work to improve and better the lives in the care of pediatric IBD patients.  Quite a few years ago, Improve Care Now decided that it would be a really great idea to bring on the parents to get their perspective and their ideas, to kind of round out that great patient care.  So together I work with the doctors and I work with parents and I work with patients to create that great myriad of awesome care between the parent, the patient and the doctor, anything these parents need that's not medical related, emotional support, physical support, mental support, spiritual support.  I connect them with not just me, but other parents, other people around the U.S. that can actually help them.

When you're diagnosed with IBD, it opens up a very scary world.  Not only is the first step talking to the parent, but the second step is almost teaching the parents and teaching the child how to advocate for themselves ,how to go to school, how to deal with some of the pain, how to deal with some of those different ups, those different downs that they come in contact with.  It almost takes a village to grow your IBD life and so if I can get everybody together or just plain give you the resources that you need to get through this, I know that you're going to be on that right path and mentally you're going to be good to go.  

Meet Joanna Hagedorn - Our ImproveCareNow Parent Partner

Joanna Hagedorn is a Parent Partner with the Pediatric GI team at Boys Town Pediatrics and also works with the ImproveCareNow Network. Joanna plays an important role in our treatment of children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). She and her husband are the parents of Riley, an eighth grader with Crohn's Disease. Riley was diagnosed at 8 years old. 

Joanna brings a parent's valuable insight to our treatment team. Equally important is her role in helping other parents of children with IBD. Joanna is avaiable to provide non-medical advice and support for parents and patients.

Support and Resources for Your Family

If you are interested in visiting with Joanna about your child's care, please contact Boys Town Pediatric Gastroenterology and ask about our ImproveCareNow Parent Partner program. 

Call (531) 355-6820 or find a clinic location near you

More Educational Topics

  • New Diagnosis - When your child is first diagnosed it can be overwhelming and scary. Learn about navigating this new world.
  • Diets and IBD - Diets can be tricky when it comes to pediatric IBD. Joanna talks about her experiences as a parent of a child with Crohn's.
  • Medications - What parents should know about medications and advice for parents going through the diagnosis for the first time.
  • School and IBD - Sending your child to school after an IBD diagnosis can be worrisome. Learn advice for parents going through this transition.
  • Boys Town Pediatric Gastroenterology - Our Board Certified gastroenterologists are right here for you and your family. Request an appointment with a pediatric GI physician.