Arthritis Foundation Seeks a Few Rheumatologists to give feedback:

The Arthritis Foundation is seeking 5-6 rheumatologists to participate in a listening session during the Washington Rheumatology Alliance Annual Conference on Saturday afternoon, September 15 at Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort.

The listening session is designed to allow the Foundation to hear directly from various health care providers about what matters most to them in order to more closely align future arthritis research, funding and programs with the priorities of the arthritis community.  Through a series of targeted questions, they hope to unearth the ripest issues for research, research funding, and programming.

These listening sessions are part of an award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).  The award is entitled Matching Actions to Needs:  What Matters Most to the Arthritis Community?

The organizers are seeking 5-6 participants for the session and would request that only one representative per institution/hospital participate in the session.  Each participant will receive a $150 stipend and snacks will be provided.  The listening session will happen during the free time after the end of the CME programs for the day.  The listening session will run from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. and you’ll still have a chance to get out and enjoy the resort amenities and local recreation opportunities before the keynote address at 6 p.m.

If you are interested in participating, please contact to Marie Jaffe with the Arthritis Foundation at


USBJI seeking rheumatologists to make community presentations

Bone and Joint Action Week is held annually October 12-20 with activities focused on disorders including arthritis, back pain, trauma, pediatric conditions, fracture prevention and osteoporosis. The themes and their related activities are designed to raise awareness worldwide about prevention, disease management and treatment.

Plan now to present programs in your community to educate patients and their family, friends and support networks on how to manage and take control of their bone and joint health.  The USBJI works with community groups and organizations to raise awareness and understanding of the advances that have and continue to be made to lessen pain, improve mobility, and restore function for those who live with bone and joint conditions and pain through the Experts in Arthritis and Fit to a T programs.  Over 1,000 of these programs have been held across the country with presentations by local healthcare professionals.

Experts in Arthritis is a free patient education program for people with arthritis and people who care about them.  Arthritis and other rheumatic conditions are the second most common musculoskeletal disease among adults in America. The program offers people with arthritis the opportunity to be better informed about current scientific evidence and management strategies in the treatment and care of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile arthritis. Other forms of arthritis can be incorporated, based on need.

The program features a PowerPoint presentation, speaker notes, handout materials and a question and answer period.  All materials are supplied free of charge and USBJI will work with you to promote program sessions and provide planning support.

To present this ready-to-use program package in your community visit: or contact Mary Ellen Hendricks by emai: or by phone at: 847-430-5052.