advocacy bannerThe Arthritis Foundation's advocacy program is made up of thousands of people just like you who care about making a difference in the lives of people with arthritis.  In the Great West Region, over 5 million adults and 30,000 children are affected by arthritis.  The impact, burden and prevalence of arthritis is unacceptable. 

Whether you live with arthritis or love someone who endures the effects of arthritis, you have an important story to share - and we're counting on you to get involved!


Join the Advocacy Movement

You can make a difference and create positive changes in government policies and funding. There are two easy ways to get started - sign up as an Arthritis Advocate or as an Arthritis Ambassador.  

advocatesAs an Arthritis Advocate, 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. Learn more.

Arthritis Ambassadors are volunteers committed to taking part in the democratic process and serve as liaisons between their Congressional District’s Representative and the Arthritis Foundation. Ambassadors are asked to commit 2 hours/month for at least one year to the program. Learn more.



Our Advocacy Priorities

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 all people with arthritis. Click here to find more information on our national advocacy priorities and sample letters you can send to your Members of Congress urging them to step forward and take action on these important issues.

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AForum E-newsletter

AForum logoAForum is the e-newsletter for advocates of the Arthritis Foundation, Great West Region.  Keep up-to-date with advocacy efforts both locally and nationally, read stories of advocates in action, and learn tips to make a difference and share your story.  

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All Politics is Local

Read stories of individuals just like you from across the nine states of the Great West Region who are making a difference.  Get involved!



Thirty two advocates from the Great West Region traveled to Washington D.C. for the Advocacy Summit. These advocates met with countless legislators and shared how arthritis impacts their lives and how our elected officials can enact change and improvements for those with arthritis. 

Learn more about the Advocacy Summit



Arthritis advocates in Colorado met with Representative Mike Coffman in August. Advocates Anita Fricklas, Julie Butscher and her children, Andy and Katie, discussed the need for the pediatric loan repayment program with Representative Coffman.




Felicia Bawden (pictured at left) and fellow advocate Ashleigh Smith collected a record number of advocacy letters at the Spokane Jingle Bell Run/Walk!





trainingMontana advocates joined Arthritis Foundation staff on October 2 for an Advocacy Training in Montana. Topics included the impact of advocacy on funding for research and access to care. While honing their skills at sharing their stories more effectively, advocates also got to know others dedicated to fighting arthritis issues.




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Find out about all volunteer opportunities in the Great West Region on our Volunteer Resource Page.

To learn more about state advocacy activities, contact Johanna Lindsay at 206-547-2707 x105.



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