Whether you or someone you know was recently diagnosed with juvenile arthritis (JA) or you just discovered the Arthritis Foundation Upper Midwest Region (AFUMR) - you've come to the right place! We are here to help by offering programs and resources to support kids with arthritis and their families.
We value families who face the challenges of arthritis and related diseases. Throughout the year, we host fun and educational events, provide up-to-date information on disease management and arthritis research and facilitate connections with other JA families.
Learn more about JA:
- Juvenile Arthritis: Disease Basics
- Having Juvenile Arthritis: What to Expect
- Juvenile Arthritis Treatment Plan
- Coping with the Ups and Downs of School
- Kids Get Arthritis Too (KGAT) website
Have questions about juvenile arthritis or our programs?
Contact Liz Atchison, Director, Juvenile Programs and Development, at 651-229-5371.
Take control with the JA Power Pack!
There are many questions and concerns when a child is diagnosed with a rheumatic disease. The JA Power Pack is a backpack filled with useful information and tools for newly-diagnosed children, teens and their families. The JA Power Pack includes education about juvenile arthritis, medical resources, newsletters, information for teachers and school nurses and more!
Request your FREE JA Power Pack today!
Once you receive your JA Power Pack, you will also be sent a packet with local information. Find your local office.
kidZone - Juvenile Arthritis Local e-newsletter
kidZone is the Upper Midwest Region’s e-newsletter. This newsletter contains exciting information about juvenile arthritis, research updates, juvenile arthritis camps, juvenile arthritis conferences, JAFN meetings, and the latest juvenile arthritis news.
Juvenile Arthritis Family Network (JAFN)
JAFN is a monthly networking meeting for families who have a child living with juvenile arthritis. Download the JAFN informational flier!
The Minnesota group meets at Shriners Hospitals for Children/Twin Cities in Minneapolis the second Saturday of each month (except for March, June, July and August). Meetings are from 10-noon and consist of speaker and discussion time for parents and swimming and social time for the kids.
Saturday, September 13 - Juvenile Arthritis Conference, What did we learn!
**Special breakfast treat served at this meeting**
Saturday, October 11 - Benefits of PT/OT at Courage Kenny Rehab Institute
** Located at Courage Kenny, 3915 Golden Valley Rd, MPLS, MN 55422**
Saturday, November 8 - Benefits of Essential Oils
Saturday, December 6 - Breakfast with Santa from 9:00am - 1:30 p.m. (Event is free, RSVP Required).
To stay up to date on local happenings, join our Facebook group.
Juvenile Arthritis Camps
The Upper Midwest Region’s JA Camps are a six-day overnight camping experience for children ages 8 – 17 who have some forms of juvenile arthritis or related condition. We also host a day-long mini-camp at each camping experience for children ages 4-7 and their parent. Our mission is to provide a secure environment for children with arthritis to meet other kids and share opportunities to learn, engage in social activities and build mutual support and encouragement.
6 day camp program for kids with JA, ages 8-17
August 9-14, 2015
Visit the webiste for more information on when registration will open.
Juvenile Arthritis National Conference
Save the date for the 2015 JA Conference!
July 23-26, 2015
The 2015 National JA Conference will be hosted in Orlando, Florida on July 23-26. Please join us for an unforgettable adventure to honor all the kids, teens and young adults who live with arthritis!
The JA Conference is the Arthritis Foundation’s signature, nationwide event for families affected by juvenile arthritis. Join us for a four-day education event that focuses on health, wellness and fun for children (kids with arthritis and siblings).
The Upper Midwest Region offers scholarships based on financial need on a first come, first serve basis. Scholarship applications will be available in November. Scholarship funds are limited. Questions please contact Liz Atchison at 651-229-5371.
Our family will be forever grateful for the generous scholarship we received from your Foundation. Without those funds we would not have been able to attend. Attending the conference brings so much joy to our family. The girls love the activities and friendships. This is a time for them to be in a safe place where it is 100% acceptable to just be themselves. For my husband and me, it is a chance to gain knowledge, make connections and fellowship with other amazing families. We learned so much at the conference and made some pretty unforgettable memories while doing so.
With heartfelt gratitude,
The Anderson Family; Alan, Brenda, Victoria and Juliana
Note: This scholarship is available to families living in the Upper Midwest Region (MN, ND, SD and WI). Find your local office to request a local scholarship.
JA Family Day!
JA Family Days are fun-filled days for the while family! Family Day offers the opportunity to meet other families who face similar challenges. This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with other JA families.
Our next Family Day will be Summer 2015. For questions, please contact Liz Atchison.
Advocacy for Children and Families
The Upper Midwest Region is constantly advocating for children with juvenile arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. Politicians, school nurses, teachers, health professionals and many other people are unaware that kids get arthritis too and that it is a major health concern. Advocacy allows for public education, understanding and changes in service as needed.
If you’re interested in attending the Advocacy Summit in D.C. or want to become an E-Advocate, you can learn more here.
Juvenile Arthritis: Disease Basics
Juvenile arthritis (JA) is an umbrella term used to describe the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can develop in children ages 16 and younger. Learn more about the disease.
Living with Juvenile Arthritis
Juvenile arthritis affects the whole family and there are many components to proper management of the disease. Read helpful articles about the different types of JA and how it’s diagnosed, possible causes of JA, the effect of JA on your joints and body, treatment options, medications, family life, school issues, the latest research and more!
Kids Get Arthritis Too (KGAT) Website
Check out our virtual community where you can find all you need to know about juvenile arthritis. You can learn about life with JA, meet other families, utilize endless resources and learn more about the Arthritis Foundation. Even youngsters can find information on juvenile arthritis and read stories about other children with the disease. A section is designed for three different age groups – kids (ages 6 to 9), tweens (ages 10 to 13) and teens (ages 14 to 18), the site enables them to learn about symptoms, treatments, doctor visits, growing up with JA and more!
Questions about juvenile arthritis or our programs?
Contact Liz Atchison about JA resources and opportunities to connect with other families.