Advocates for Arthritis

ACR advocates for arthritis

Advocates for Arthritis is an annual event that brings together rheumatology professionals and patients to advocate on behalf of the rheumatology community. During the event, attendees will hear from top representatives from key legislative and regulatory agencies and meet with their members of Congress to discuss current issues affecting the rheumatology community. Participating in Advocates for Arthritis is a great way for ACR and ARHP members to engage in the legislative process and increase awareness of rheumatology on Capitol Hill.

Advocates for Arthritis Application Open

Calling all advocates!

On September 24 - 25, ACR and ARHP physicians, health professionals, and patients will converge on our nation’s capital to make our voices heard for rheumatology. The program will include advocacy training, prominent guest speakers, and visits with senators and representatives in Congress. RheumPAC, Government Affairs, Board members, and fellows-in-training attending Advocacy 101 will arrive in D.C. early to meet on September 23.

To apply, please complete the application by August 7. ACR and ARHP members who serve on the Government Affairs Committee, RheumPAC Committee, and Executive Committee do not need to complete the application.

The ACR also welcomes patients to participate in Advocates for Arthritis. If you know of a patient who has a compelling story or would be a strong advocate to communicate the importance of access to treatments, access to rheumatology, and access to care, please encourage him/her to apply.

The ACR covers travel and costs for this important experience to affect health policy and the future of our subspecialty.

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Get Involved Throughout the Year

If you are interested in joining us this year, please check back on this page when the application period is open. In the meantime, here are a few suggestions for how to get involved throughout the year.

Help Strengthen the ACR’s Voice in Washington, D.C.

  • Write, call, or email your legislators. As a constituent, your opinions matter to members of Congress who are elected to represent you. Speak up and let them know how you feel about important issues facing rheumatology.
  • Schedule a meeting with your members of Congress in Washington, D.C. Meeting face-to-face with your legislators and their staff provides the opportunity to educate them on the issues and helps you build and strengthen relationships.
  • Be sure to involve your patients and staff; they are constituents too. Encourage them to take advantage of the tools and resources available through the ACR’s Legislative Action Center and to write, call, or email their legislators.

Set up a Local Meeting with your Elected Officials

  • Invite your legislators to your office, or meet with them in their district office. This is a great opportunity to educate members of Congress on the importance of the rheumatology subspecialty and the effect that arthritis and rheumatic diseases have on quality of life.
  • Volunteer for a campaign. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in the political process. Support the candidate who will best represent the rheumatology community.

We must stay united to affect change. Contact your elected officials and make your voice heard. To find your legislators’ contact information or for more information on ACR advocacy activities, contact the ACR government affairs staff at advocacy@rheumatology.org or visit the Advocacy page.