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2013 Virtual Summit

We look forward to following our Advocates traveling from Arkansas to the 15th Annual Arthritis Foundation Advocacy Summit.  If you can’t go in person, there’s still a way to join in!  It’s the Virtual Advocacy Summit.

The first 25 online participants for each session will receive a FREE Faces of Arthritis shirt!

  • Monday, March 4th from 3-4PM Eastern: From Discovery to Drugs: How today’s research evolves into tomorrow’s treatments

Follow the journey from microscope to drug development to patient hands. Learn just what it takes to get an idea to become a treatment.  During the session, leaders at the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration will discuss the latest methods for turning research into real solutions for people with arthritis. Speakers will engage in an interactive Q&A session with local and online participants. Join at www.arthritis.org/virtual-summit.

  • Tuesday, March 5th from 8:30-12PM Eastern: Arthritis Advocacy 101

Ever wondered what it takes to make Congress act? Learn from Washington’s leading lobbyists how to effectively influence your legislators and create lasting change on Capitol Hill.  Participate and follow the action in DC including a live Instagram and Twitter stream, guest bloggers, and the chance to email your elected officials about important arthritis-related legislative issues on the Virtual Advocacy Summit page.

Learn more about the Arthritis Advocacy Summit.



Ignoring Arthritis is Unacceptable: 2012 Arkansas Declarations

In conjunction with the 2012 Advocacy Summit, our fellow Arkansans were given the opportunity to share their voice and their story through Advocacy Declarations.  This letter or email urges our congressional leaders to step forward and ensure that funding continues for arthritis research programs like those at the National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense.

View additional 2012 Declarations from Arkansas


Find out about our national Advocacy Priorities and how to become an Arthritis Advocate.

Arkansas Advocates Take Message to Washington:

Ignoring Arthritis is Unacceptable

The 2012 Arthritis Foundation Advocacy Summit happened April 16th-18th, and Arkansas was well represented by strong advocates willing to share their story and ask our legislators to give much needed funding and attention to arthritis.  Our advocates met with representatives at offices in each of Arkansas' 4 Districts.

Thanks to our Arkansas Advocates for traveling and sharing their voice: Loretta Easton, Rogers; Nancy and Philip Ruth, Hot Springs.

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