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 ARP members to engage in the legislative process and increase awareness of rheumatology on Capitol Hill.

2020 Advocates for Arthritis

This year’s event will take place on September 14 - 15. The ACR is committed to creating safe and effective activities for rheumatology advocates. While this event is usually held in Washington, D.C., the 2020 Advocates for Arthritis event will be an all-virtual experience!

Advocacy 101 Program

The annual Advocacy 101 program will be held virtually September 13, ahead of the Advocates for Arthritis event. This interactive course provides fellows in training, ARP members, and rheumatology program directors the opportunity to learn to become effective advocates for rheumatology issues and connect with like-minded individuals.

The 2020 application period for Advocates for Arthritis and Advocacy 101 has closed.

Questions? Contact Dan Redinger, ACR Manager of Advocacy and Political Affairs.

2019 Advocates for Arthritis Recap

On September 9 and 10, 112 physicians, health professionals, and patients converged on our nation’s capital to make our voices heard for rheumatology. The program focused on workforce shortages in rheumatology and limiting the effects of step therapy. In addition, rheumatology fellows attended the Advocacy 101 course on September 8. Read the full 2019 Advocates for Arthritis recap.

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 or visit the Advocacy page.

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