evening of honors

2018 Evening of Honors: Paying Tribute to Top Supporters

pete scaliaAn annual highlight of the Arthritis Foundation’s Conference of Champions is our Evening of Honors – a time when we celebrate outstanding achievements of our most engaged volunteers and partners.

This year’s ceremony was hosted by Pete Scalia, co-anchor of WBNS 10TV’s “This Morning” news program in Columbus, Ohio. Diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis at age 30, Pete has been very open about the challenges of living with RA and is actively involved with the Arthritis Foundation.

Continue reading 2018 Evening of Honors: Paying Tribute to Top Supporters

conference of champions

2018 Conference of Champions: Moving the Movement Forward

This weekend, the Arthritis Foundation’s most engaged volunteers from around the country are gathering in Baltimore’s East Harbor for the 2018 Conference of Champions. This annual national event is where hundreds of volunteers – joined by other committed Foundation partners and staff – network with each other, share ideas and get energized around plans that will help more people with arthritis live their best life.

Kicking off the conference is Rob Wicall, former San Antonio Spurs Coyote Mascot and chair of that market’s local leadership board for the Arthritis Foundation. Rob will share his own outlook about making others happy and how to convince them that they really can make a difference. We’ll also explore how data collection is helping shape local programs and services for people with arthritis through the new Live Yes! Arthritis Network.

Continue reading 2018 Conference of Champions: Moving the Movement Forward

Welcome to Campus: A New Community for Students with Arthritis

Going off to college can be a tough transition for anyone. But if you’re a teen with arthritis, starting college can pose unique challenges: leaving behind family and friends who understand and support your health needs, navigating campus on foot when every step causes pain, watching roommates go out at night when you need sleep just to function and feeling like you’re the only young person in the world with a disease associated with old age.

Rachel Mershon and Caroline Bailey know the feeling all too well. Diagnosed with arthritis at age 14, Mershon left home for the first time two years ago to pursue a degree in nutrition at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Bailey was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis just months before the start of her freshman year at the University of Mississippi. Both young women say the transition to college life was a difficult – and lonely at times.

Continue reading Welcome to Campus: A New Community for Students with Arthritis

acr 2018

Patients Report on the Final ACR Conference Sessions

More than 15,000 doctors, nurses, physical therapists, researchers, scientists and others with interest and/or expertise in rheumatology gathered in Chicago in late October for the American College of Rheumatology’s Annual Meeting. The Arthritis Foundation had a contingent of “patient representatives” attending to  provide the perspective and voice of people living with arthritis. They fanned out to attend sessions, view and present posters and collect information about exciting new developments in the field. Here are their notes from the final sessions of the meeting.

Continue reading Patients Report on the Final ACR Conference Sessions

let's grip arthritis

Let’s Get A Grip on Arthritis: Make Your Dedication Today

The Arthritis Foundation is bringing arthritis out of the shadows of isolation and misinformation through an unprecedented cause campaign about the disease’s far-reaching impact. It’s time to take arthritis seriously. The public needs to understand that arthritis is a lot more serious than many think. Continue reading Let’s Get A Grip on Arthritis: Make Your Dedication Today

acr 2018

ACR 2018 Sessions Include Drug Pricing, OA Treatments, Diet as Therapy

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) reports there were currently 15,000 attendees representing 106 countries at the 2018 Annual Meeting in Chicago and more than 3,000 abstracts on exhibit. Also on tap: session after session highlighting the newest research and filling in information gaps, and the Arthritis Foundation’s Patient Reps are hard at work going to them and reporting back with their findings and impressions.   

Donna Dernier attended a session called “Mechanics of PBMs and Patient Access to Medications.” PBMs, which stands for Pharmacy Benefit Managers, are the groups that work between drug manufacturers and health insurance plans that decide which drugs are in the plans’ formulary, how much they will cost and who will have access. “They are totally opaque, powerful, they use a system of rebates and fees to set the prices. They are largely unregulated,” says Dernier. Thanks to long, complicated forms that medical practices have to fill out, “Lots of practices cannot handle that workload and their patients lose out,” she says.   Continue reading ACR 2018 Sessions Include Drug Pricing, OA Treatments, Diet as Therapy

acr 2018

Patient Perspectives at the American College of Rheumatology Conference

“Patient perspective,” “patient-reported outcomes” and “shared decision making” are hot topics at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 2018 Annual Meeting in Chicago. In fact, many patients – including some of the Arthritis Foundation’s patient representatives – are attending the four-day event, which highlights rheumatology developments and draws medical professionals and researchers from around the world.  

Donna Dernier, one of the Arthritis Foundation’s Patient Reps, reports that she ran into Hazel Breland, PhD, the incoming president of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (AHRP), a division of the ACR. “She noticed my Patient Rep Sticker and stopped to say how glad she was to see patients involved with so many aspects of health care,” says Dernier.  

Besides attending the conference, patients are getting involved in many ways. Four patients affiliated with the Arthritis Foundation exhibited posters during the Patient Perspectives Poster session on Sunday.  

Continue reading Patient Perspectives at the American College of Rheumatology Conference

live yes arthritis community forums

Don’t Miss Live Yes! Online Discussion Forums About Arthritis

  • Want to know what other patients have experienced from a specific treatment?
  • Dealing with issues your child with arthritis is having in school?
  • Has someone else faced a certain insurance issue you’re struggling with?
  • What if you just have a tip to share you think others might benefit from?

Those are just some examples of the kind of discussion forum topics you’ll find through the new Live Yes! Arthritis Network. Live Yes! is a hub for the arthritis community. It’s a community where large and small groups gather, to share resources and opportunities that can help everyone live their best life.

Together as a community, we’re working to improve physical health, as well as emotional and social health. We help people with arthritis find strength in each other, manage stress and take control of their health care.

Continue reading Don’t Miss Live Yes! Online Discussion Forums About Arthritis

live yes arthritis network

Launching the Live Yes! Arthritis Network on World Arthritis Day

World Arthritis Day is Oct. 12. That’s the day when we come together from around the globe to raise awareness about arthritis, the world’s most prevalent disease. It’s the day we tell the world how arthritis ruthlessly robs quality of life, keeping many people from doing simple, everyday tasks, and often from doing the things they love.

World Arthritis Day is extra special this year because the Arthritis Foundation is officially launching our Live Yes! Arthritis Network. We’ve been working behind the scenes over the past year to create a vibrant, enriching experience for people with arthritis – to help them live their best lives..

Continue reading Launching the Live Yes! Arthritis Network on World Arthritis Day

world arthritis day blackout

The Arthritis Foundation Goes Dark for Awareness

This Friday, October 12, is World Arthritis Day!

World Arthritis Day is a special day that unifies people of all ages, races, and genders to raise awareness of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). Each year, thousands of people all around the world take to social media using the #WorldArthritisDay hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to celebrate the strength and determination of people with arthritis. This year, we’re going a step further.  

Continue reading The Arthritis Foundation Goes Dark for Awareness