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Assignment Summary

Ask  your Representative to attend a Walk to Cure Arthritis (WTCA) event in your area.

  1. Copy the draft language below into an email to your Representative and edit it to fit your needs.
  2. If you don’t receive a response within 5 business days, call the Washington, DC office of your Representative and ask to speak with the Scheduler regarding your request.  Repeat, if necessary!
  3. Visit www.arthritis.org/report and complete an assignment report, with notes for any follow up required. See below for reporting instructions.

If you do not have a WTCA event in your area, please do the following:

Contact your Representative and ask him/her to co-sponsor HR 460, The Patients’ Access to Treatments Act of 2013 (PATA)

  1. Use the "Draft Voicemail" to contact your Representative and edit it to fit your needs.
  2. Follow up your ask, by crafting the "Draft Voicemail" into a letter for your Representative.
  3. Visit www.arthritis.org/report and complete an assignment report, with notes for any follow up required. See below for reporting instructions.

Contact your Representative to co-sponsor HR 1827, the Pediatric Subspecialty and Mental Health Workforce Reauthorization Act

  1. Use the "Draft Voicemail" to contact your Representative and edit it to fit your needs.
  2. Follow up your ask, by crafting the "Draft Voicemail" into a letter for your Representative.
  3. Visit www.arthritis.org/report and complete an assignment report, with notes for any follow up required. See below for reporting instructions.

 Please click below to get arthritis stats for your letter to Congress:

Adults with Arthritis by State

Children With Arthritis by State 

Assignment Resources

Draft Voicemail for WTCA Invite: 

Good morning/afternoon _________ , My name is ______ and my phone number is ________. I am a constituent of your district. I am calling to encourage the Congressperson to attend the Walk to Cure Arthritis on (day) at (location). The walk begins promptly at (time). It would be great if Representative (last name) or anyone on the staff could attend.

 

Joining us in this walk can make the difference to more than 50 million Americans afflicted with this disease. I am hoping we can count on the Congressperson’s support.

 

I will be following up this voicemail with a email that contains more information.

 

Thank you in advance. Have a great day!

Draft Email for WTCA Invite:

The Honorable (full name)
(Room #) (Name) House Office Building
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515


Dear Representative (Last Name),

Last year the Arthritis Foundation touched the lives of 16 million people with arthritis. Together with our 70,000 advocates we help people with arthritis live better today while searching for cures tomorrow. On behalf of 52 million adults and 300,000 children, I would like to invite you and your staff to join us for Walk to Cure Arthritis. Our walk will be held on (date), at (location) and the walk will start promptly at (time). I hope that you will be able to join us.

The Walk to Cure Arthritis is a nationwide walk that raises funds to fight arthritis, the leading cause of disability in the United States. We are asking each participant to commit to the 5K or take more than 910,000,000 steps. Every step counts and every dollar matters! As you know, there are more xxxxx adults and xxxx children afflicted with some form of arthritis in our state.

Thank you for considering our request. If you should have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact (name of walk coordinator), (name of city) Walk Coordinator at (add phone number). We look forward to working with you and your office. Hope to see you (add date)!

Thank you,
[your name]
[your address]
[your phone and email]

 

Draft Voicemail for Summit Follow up Ask: 

Good morning/afternoon _________ , My name is ______ and my phone number is ________. I am a constituent of your district. I am calling to encourage the Congressperson co-sponsor HR 460, the Patients’ Access to Treatment and HR 1827, the Pediatric Subspecialty and Mental Health Workforce Reauthorization Act.

As one of the more than 50 million adults living with arthritis, I would like to encourage Representative (last name) to co-sponsor HR 460. This bill would help eliminate “specialty tiers” in commercial health plans and could cut costs by hundreds or thousands of dollars a month for people just like me.

Additionally, I would like to Representative (last name) to also co-sponsor HR 1827. There are less than 250 board-certified practicing pediatric rheumatologists to care for the 300,000 children living with arthritis currently. Due to scarcity, 75% of juvenile arthritis patients are forced to see a physician that is not adequately trained to care for children. We are hoping the Representative co-sponsors this legislation that seeks to incentivize training and practice of pediatric rheumatologists.

I will be following up this voicemail with a email that contains more information.

Thank you in advance. Have a great day.

 

Our Three Priorities:

  1. Access to Medications: Please cosponsor the Patients' Access to Treatments Act. Learn more at www.arthritis.org/pata.
  2. Access to Doctors: Please cosponsor the Pediatric Subspecialty and Mental Health Workforce Reauthorization Act. Learn more at www.arthritis.org/pediatric-rheumatologist
  3. A Cure: Please support the inclusion of "post-traumatic osteoarthritis" and "rheumatoid arthritis" in the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program in the Defense Appropriations Bill. Learn more at www.arthritis.org/dod.

Reporting

In order for the Arthritis Foundation to reach our public policy objectives, it is critical that we monitor and track legislative activity and relationships. For this reason, and so that you may be recognized for your efforts, Ambassadors must report in their assignment acitivity.

To report your activity, visit www.arthritis.org/report.
Username = your email address
Passcode = your last name

Need help? Download the Ambassador Reporting Center Manual

If the manual is unhelpful, please contact Laurie Markle at lmarkle@arthritis.org for guidance.
Download the 2014 Platinum Ambassador Criteria

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2014

January 15 Ambassador Briefing: Presentation (If unable to load, try this PDF version) / Click to Watch Briefing Recording

March 5 Ambassador Briefing: Presentation (If unable to load, try this PDF version) / Click to Watch Briefing Recording

2013

April 3, 2013 Ambassador Briefing: Presentation (If unable to load, try this PDF version) ; Download call recording

June 5, 2013 Ambassador Briefing: Presentation (If unable to load, try this PDF version)

July 10, 2013 Ambassador Briefing: Presentation(If unable to load, try this PDF version) Watch the webinar recording. 

September 11, 2013 Ambassador Briefing: Presentation (if unable to load, try this PDF versionWatch the webinar recording.

October 2, 2013 Ambassador Briefing: Presentation (if unable to load, try this PDF version). Click to watch a recording of this briefing.

November 6 Ambassador Briefing: Presentation (If unable to load, try this PDF version).  Click to watch the webinar recording.

2013 District Meeting Toolkit

2013 Town Hall Toolkit

Jingle Bell Run Legislator Guide

2013 Ambassador Activity Report (Download in Excel or view as a PDF)

Nebo Content Management System Tracking