Reproductive Health Initiative

The ACR Reproductive Health Initiative (RHI) is a multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder initiative that is being designed and developed to assist with the dissemination and implementation of scientifically sound information to address the unmet needs in the treatment and management of fertility, pregnancy, and lactation in those affected by autoimmune and systemic inflammatory diseases.

Reproductive Health Guidelines

The goal of the RHI is to take the Summit Report and the Guidelines “off the shelf and into the clinic” through a series of interventions designed to educate and raise awareness of the possibilities and implications in reproductive health for those with rheumatic disease.

The RHI will merge two large-scale efforts by the ACR in the reproductive and rheumatic disease space – the 2020 ACR Reproductive Health Guideline and the March 2015 ACR Reproductive Health Summit recommendations. The RHI will address current identified significant barriers to patient care, which include gaps in physician and provider knowledge, limited skill sets when addressing these issues, entrenched treatment patterns that may be outdated or complacent, and poor coordination among the variety of stakeholders who might care for these patients. The strategic direction will be guided by the ACR Executive Committee and the Committee on Corporate Relations, and implementation will be managed by Collaborative Initiatives (COIN) department staff under the oversight of the COIN Special Committee.

RHI Highlights

In recognition of Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month (RDAM), the ACR and its Simple Tasks Campaign hosted a webinar on reproductive health and rheumatic disease for patients, health professionals, media, and the public. This webinar featured expert rheumatologists and patient advocates discussing family planning, navigating pregnancy and parenting with a rheumatic disease, and practical tips for your reproductive health journey.

Explore RDAM resources and watch the recording.

RHI Tool Kits

Educational Tool Kits are available for PsA & Reproductive Health and SLE & Reproductive Health. These tool kits include PowerPoint presentations, facilitator's guides, handouts, and more.

Online Educational Activities

Explore complimentary continuing education activities on reproductive health and rheumatic disease in the ACR’s Learning Center. The ACR designates each of the below activities for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Video Resources

Explore the ACR’s reproductive health video resources, which cover important topics for healthcare providers and patients, including pregnancy and medication, pregnancy and rheumatic disease, contraception, and more.

Additional Resources

In addition to the 2020 ACR Reproductive Health Guideline, there are many resources to support providers and patients as they navigate their reproductive health journey while living with rheumatic disease.

RHI Core Group Members

RHI’s Core Leadership team consists of a group of academic and community practitioners with expertise in rheumatology, reproductive health, contraception, pediatrics, medication safety, and patient advocacy.

Arthur Kavanaugh, MD Arthur Kavanaugh, MD


Michael J. Battistone Michael J. Battistone, MD


Megan Clowse Megan Clowse, MD, MPH


Stacy Ardoin Stacey Ardoin, MD


Andrew Wong Andrew Wong, MD


Kristine Carandang Kristine Carandang, PhD, OT
Occupational Therapy


Whitney White Whitney White, PharmD, BCPS


Kelly Wise Kelly Wise, PharmD, BCACP


Elise Berlan Elise Berlan, MD, MPH
Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine




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