It’s been said that what makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well. This week, Arthritis Foundation supporters from around the country descended on Phoenix, Arizona for the 2017 Conference of Champions. And there, they discovered the fountain of generosity through stories of the “best of the best.” The stories told by our most committed volunteers and partners, demonstrating their passion for our purpose.
The Arthritis Foundation’s 2016 Conference of Champions kicked off today in Denver, Colorado, where more than 400 Arthritis Foundation volunteers, experts, leaders and influencers came together to celebrate the successes of 2016 and discuss how to build upon those achievements in 2017.
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More than a look back at all we’ve accomplished in 2015, or an opportunity for us to learn from our peers and volunteers, or even to celebrate our victories, the 2015 Arthritis Foundation Annual Meeting has provided an opportunity for our community to rally together around meaningful goals and commit to making measurable improvements for the more than 50 million Americans living with arthritis.
The final day of the Meeting highlighted key work done to support our mission. We heard from our advocacy team and identified ways we can continue to fight to improve access to care. We also heard from key members of our scientific community, who talked about more about the initiatives that are putting us on a faster path to a cure. Alongside our partners at CARRA, we outlined key ways our community can get involved in accelerating the path, including via participation in research studies and clinical trials and maintaining an open line of communication with the clinical and research teams who are shaping the future of arthritis research and treatments. From local event best practices, to the importance for each of us to tell our own personal arthritis story, there were many more topics covered throughout the day. You can take a closer look at the session presentations and handouts here.
Check out some of the fantastic highlights of the 2015 Arthritis Foundation Annual Meeting! And to take a closer look at the presentations from this year’s event, visit our Volunteer Portal!
Arthritis Foundation Year in Review:
The year 2015 was a year of exciting accomplishments for the Arthritis Foundation. As the Champion of Yes, the Foundation has embarked on a new journey towards a cure for arthritis, which impacts the lives of more than 50 million Americans, including an estimated 300,000 children.
FDA Official Salutes the Arthritis Foundation:
Janet Woodcock, MD, of the Food and Drug Administration says the Arthritis Foundation is making major strides in the quest to discover new interventions for osteoarthritis.
Kristen McAllister: The Power of Yes
Arthritis not only alters lives, but can also be life-threatening. Kristen McAllister, National Young Adult Honoree for the Arthritis Foundation’s 2015 Jingle Bell Run, is trying to learn how to walk again, and being a Champion of Yes is what keeps her going.
Parker Lentini: Hope for a Brighter Future
As a National Youth Honoree for the Arthritis Foundation’s 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis, 16-year-old Parker Lentini believes being a Champion of Yes brings him the hope he needs to battle juvenile arthritis (JA). Parker has endured more than 25 hospitalizations since being diagnosed with JA six years ago.
Champion of Yes: Ana Villafane
Ana Villafane is an amazingly talented entertainer now starring in the Broadway musical, “On Your Feet.” Ana grew up with juvenile arthritis, participated in Arthritis Foundation JA Camps and is a true Champion of Yes.
Champion of Yes: April West
April West of Atlanta is the Arthritis Foundation’s National Adult Honoree for the 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis. April shares her story about finding everyday victories over rheumatoid arthritis.
Champion of Yes: Mark Haubner
A longtime Arthritis Foundation Advocate, Mark Haubner of New York is helping break down barriers to affordable health care. Diagnosed with osteoarthritis in his mid-40’s, Mark has undergone several joint replacements and makes conquering arthritis his personal mission.
Champion of Yes: Hannah Robison
Miss America contestant Hannah Robison strongly believes in being a Champion of Yes. As the reigning Miss Tennessee, Hannah is spreading the word to hundreds of thousands of people about how serious arthritis really is.
The Power of Yes: Empowering People to Live Better
Implementing strategies that empower more people to live even better, with higher quality of life and less pain, is among the Arthritis Foundation’s priorities for the year ahead. At our 2015 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, volunteers, partners and staff spent a lot of time focusing on ways to make a greater impact. We want to share some of those special and inspiring moments in this video.
The Power of Yes: Driving Best Patient Outcomes
The Arthritis Foundation is working to expand the continuum of care so that patients have the best possible outcomes. We’re teaming up with health care providers, volunteers and partners to provide more tools and resources to fight arthritis. Here are some highlights of the Foundation in action at our recent Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
The Power of Yes: Getting Earlier Diagnoses and Treatments
The Arthritis Foundation aims to make a mighty impact in 2016, creating the next generation of diagnostic and treatment solutions. We’re also going to lead the way in bringing them to the market faster. Recently, Arthritis Foundation volunteers, partners and staff gathered in New Orleans to collaborate on our plan and the strategies that will help us succeed.
The Power of Yes: Making a Lasting Impact
The Arthritis Foundation wants to be known as the cause leader for audaciously attacking arthritis and its effects. We’re engaging communities at every step on our journey to a cure. At the Foundation’s recent Annual Meeting in New Orleans, volunteers, partners and staff began to map out our vision and establish priorities that will make a big impact in the year ahead.
The 2015 Arthritis Foundation Annual Meeting is in full swing here in New Orleans, and our team of staff and volunteers from across the country are on-site soaking up the action – celebrating our successes in 2015 and rallying around our goals to impact the arthritis community in a big way in 2016.
Day one was kicked off this morning with a meeting for Arthritis Foundation team members across the U.S. who came together to discuss organization-wide goals for 2016, which center around three key objectives: