Arthritis Advocate 101

Advocate 101: Join the Movement

What is an Advocate?

Advocates help improve the lives of people living with arthritis. The key to success in changing government policies and funding is through grassroots advocacy and our advocates are the Arthritis Foundation's chief resource for making positive changes in Washington. Click here to join the movement!

What does an Advocate do?

Advocates make their opinions and personal stories known. By signing up, you'll receive Action Alerts in your inbox when important arthritis-related issues are debated on Capitol Hill.   In 5 minutes or less, you'll be able to write your elected officials and tell them their constituents care about arthritis and how it impacts our communities.

Watch One of Our Advocates in Action

Sometimes Advocates have the special opportunity to speak at events, telling their arthritis story to legislators and regulators.

Watch the video above to see Erin Vago, 17-years-old, from Elizabethtown, PA, as she testifies before the Pennsylvania Senate Business & Insurance Committee about the out-of-pocket cost for arthritis medications. 

What is the Difference Between an Advocate and an Ambassador?

Good question!

An Advocate receives the bi-monthly Advocacy in Action newsletter as well as periodic Action Alerts.  Action Alerts are customizable, pre-written letters that are sent directly to your elected officials.  Advocates also have access to the monthly Advocate Webinar Series, a collection of webinars on different advocacy topics that help Advocates understand more about Arthritis Foundation advocacy issues and topics. Click here to sign up as an Advocate!

An Ambassador is committed to forming relationships with their state and federal elected officials.  Ambassadors also receive Advocacy in Action, Action Alerts, and access to the Advocate Webinar Series, but also have the opportunity to participate in briefings held every other month.  Ambassadors have an activity every month with the goal to foster the relationship between them and their elected officials.  Click here to join the Ambassador program!

Learn More About Becoming an Advocate

Why Become an Advocate?

By telling your untold stories to insurers and regulators, you'll help the Arthritis Foundation make sure that all people with arthritis have access to optimal care and the best medication at affordable costs. Learn more about the benefits of becoming an Advocate! Read More >>

Meet Our Advocates

Learn more about some of the Arthritis Foundation's stand-out Advocates to see why they help us champion the fight against arthritis. Read More >>