Collaborative Initiatives (COIN)


The COIN department highlights rheumatology’s relevance to the healthcare community and public by using rheumatic diseases as case studies for treating complex disease, advancing health equity, eliminating health disparities, and improving the quality of patient lives. COIN achieves this by collaborating with a network of organizations to develop, test, and disseminate solutions to complex rheumatology care problems. ACR/ARP members from every aspect of rheumatology can design innovative, scalable project models while also positively impacting their communities and professional development.

COIN Projects

The Lupus Initiative® is a multi-faceted education program designed to reduce disparities and improve outcomes among people with lupus. The initiative is dedicated to improving the diagnosis, treatment, and management of lupus in populations disproportionately affected based on race, ethnicity, and gender. The Lupus Initiative provides complimentary lupus educational resources to educators, healthcare professionals, patients, and supporters.

Uniting Collaborators for Innovation (UCOIN) is a structured process designed to support an energized exchange of innovative ideas leading to the implementation of projects to advance rheumatology and the professional development of association members. Call for letters of interest coming soon.

Be Fierce. Take Control.™ is national lupus awareness campaign developed by ACR and the Lupus Foundation of America to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of lupus, and ultimately reduce the time to diagnosis by educating and empowering young African American and Latino women who are most at-risk for developing the disease.

Materials to Increase Minority Involvement in Clinical Trials is a program to help clinical trial sites and providers to work together to deliver accurate, trusted, and understandable information to people with lupus so they can make informed decisions about participation in clinical trials.

Volunteer Rheumatology is an exploratory project designed to evaluate the feasibility of developing an information clearinghouse or "bulletin board" that would identify opportunities for rheumatologists to provide volunteer expertise or care to underserved patients.

Get Involved

ACR/ARP members have the opportunity to get involved with COIN in a variety of ways.

  • Innovate – Generate project ideas that have social impact, achieve equity, improve access to care, and advance rheumatology.
  • Grow – Guide and learn from colleagues. Respond to calls for interest. Edit educational content. Serve as an expert reviewer or guest. Lead or support project implementation.
  • Access – Utilize the resources available on our web pages to benefit yourself, your patients, your students, and your community - and share them with colleagues and collaborators.

If you are interested in participating or have an idea for a future COIN project, contact the Collaborative Initiatives department at

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