Because ignoring the pain and disability of arthritis is unacceptable, the Arthritis Foundation is working to conquer this debilitating disease and make a positive impact on the lives of people with arthritis. See below for information on our advocacy trainings and ways to get involved in grassroots advocacy. Click here to access advocacy events and headlines and to find more information on our advocacy priorities.www.arthritis.org/advocacy
TAKE ACTION. MAKE A DIFFERENCE. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD.
BECAUSE MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE FOR PEOPLE WITH ARTHRITIS
… AND EVERY VOICE COUNTS.
The Arthritis Foundation, Northeast Region places great importance on making our constituents’ voices heard on national, state and local issues impacting people with arthritis. The key to success in changing government policies is through grassroots advocacy and the recruitment, training and mobilization of the Region’s advocates is critical. Providing training at the regional level empowers advocates and equips you with the information and skills you need to become effective.
The Northeast Region is therefore committed to offering training opportunities to our constituents in New York, New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. Speakers at the trainings include local elected officials and/or their legislative aides, Arthritis Foundation national advocacy staff, active arthritis advocates and Ambassadors, Regional Director of Advocacy, and local program staff. Participants at each session receive a comprehensive training binder full of materials on our priority issues, arthritis advocacy resources, training tips, and ways to get involved.
On Tuesday, October 15, 2013 our 5th Regional Advocacy Training was held at the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester. New York Chapter Board member James P. McEvoy, CPA welcomed guests and served as program moderator. New York ArthritisAmbassadors Sharon Andrews (with her daughters and Youth AmbassadorsMeghan and Julie), Mark Haubner and Mary Wu shared their stories and encouraged attendees to take action as advocates. Staff members Michele Disken Greco, MPA, Regional Director, Advocacy; Katherine Kennedy, MSW, Regional Director, Programs; Aicha-Diallo Bennett, MPH, Program Manager, New York Chapter; and Paula Mejia, Regional Director, New York Chapter are also pictured.
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED IN ARTHRITIS ADVOCACY
BECOME AN E-ADVOCATE
Signing up as an e-advocate, 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 you care about arthritis and how it impacts our communities. Click here to sign up
JOIN THE ARTHRITIS AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
Arthritis Ambassadors are official liaisons with Members of Congress, each month Ambassadors are asked to work on special assignments to advance advocacy efforts and to share their personal story with important decision makers. Click here to learn more
JOIN THE ARTHRITIS PROVIDERS AND RESEARCHERS ADVOCACY ALLIANCE (APRAA)
Receive monthly e-newsletters with updates from Washington, D.C. on arthritis-related legislative issues important to you. Receive occasional "action alerts" where, in five minutes or less, you can email your members of Congress on urgent and relevant matters, members of APRAA, can share thoughts on upcoming legislation to ensure the Arthritis Foundation is addressing the specific needs of the medical and research communities. Click here to learn more
JOIN THE YOUTH AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
The Northeast Region's Youth Ambassador Program is for children/teens with arthritis. We are looking for Youth Ambassadors ages 10-17 interested in sharing their story of life with arthritis to help raise awareness of the disease. Youth Ambassadors enable those who do not have a connection with arthritis – especially the nearly 300,000 children with juvenile arthritis – to put a face to the disease.
We are looking for Youth Ambassadors who:
- Can share their personal story, in writing and in front of groups, at programs, events,and meetings with elected officials.
- Are enthusiastic and passionate about finding a cure.
- Are interested in meeting with peers and receiving individual/group training.