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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.

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!

Why advocate?

"I advocate because when my son was diagnosed, it was like I was no longer in control!  By advocating, it makes me feel like I have just a little bit of that control back." - Angela, Kentucky

"I advocate because I have seen what research, new medications, and education can do insofar as granting a person with arthritis a higher quality of life and I want to ensure continuation of these efforts. If I am not willing to advocate, then why should Congress and researchers care about my disease?" - Cathy, Ohio

"I advocate because it allows me to be a productive person in society, despite my condition that caused my disability. I am able to pay if forward and feel like an active member of society. I feel that it actually is my way to cope and accept the uncertainity of life that I face now. It makes me happy, gives me a reason to get up each day, and is so rewarding to be part of something proactive that is making a huge difference for people across the country." - Ellen, Rhode Island

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