Advocacy Tools and Resources
Your One-Stop Shop for Advocacy!
Use this page to find and download all of the advocacy resources needed to get informed, get involved, and get motivated to make your story heard by decision makers. Use these tools and resources to arm yourself with important information that can make a huge difference. Together we can raise our voices up to break barriers down for people with arthritis!
Our Arthritis Advocacy Toolkit is a great resource for individuals interested in telling their story to advocate for arthritis policy issues and research. The toolkit will educate, engage and empower you to make your voice heard by elected officials and decision makers! Use the toolkit to arm yourself with important information that can make a huge difference. Together we can raise our voices up to break barriers down for people with arthritis!
It’s important to tell your story to our elected officials. They want to hear from you! Many elected officials do not know much about arthritis and it’s important to let them know that kids get arthritis, too. Use the questions in this toolkit to help tell your story.
Use this sign-up form to join our community or invite others to become an active Arthritis Foundation Advocate. Then tell your own story to raise awareness and make change happen!
Ambassadors commit to building strong relationships with their members of Congress and state legislators and to advocate for the Arthritis Foundation’s policy priorities. Put your voice to work and help others find their own Yes by advocating for the issues that affect you by becoming an Arthritis Foundation Ambassador!
Use this form to sign up for the Junior Ambassador Program! This new and exciting program gives teens 13-17 the opportunity to represent the estimated 300,000 kids in the U.S. who have arthritis and raise awareness by sharing their personal arthritis story through monthly activities.
Check out some descriptions of our grassroots programs and let us know what interests you. We’ll contact you with more information on how to get involved!
Take a look at some of the issues we've tackled and overcome each quarter as we continue on the path to conquering arthritis!
Get the highlights! Check out our year in review infographic from 2018, you can use this as a tool to encourage your neighbors to join our grassroots network and keep the momentum going!
We surveyed our Advocates and Ambassadors to learn about the biggest challenges they face. Over 1,700 responses were recorded and are informing our Advocacy and Access priorities for 2019. Check them out here!
Since 2014, we have witnessed Advocates – young and old – make a difference by telling their arthritis story. Your stories have paved the way to 100 legislative wins and counting! Use this map to track our nationwide successes.
State Directors are your personal resource to learn more about local advocacy opportunities and ways to get involved. Find the State Director for your region and send them an email!
How does your home state stack up against the rest of the country? Find out how arthritis affects people in your state and what you can do to make a difference.
Is your legislator a member of the Congressional Arthritis Caucus? See the list of current caucus members, and use this information to encourage more members to join! This document can be used to brief your legislator on the prevalence, impact, and outlook for arthritis in your state, as well as talk about steps they can take to make a difference.
Federal Leave Behind Documents
Use this one-pager to get up to speed on legislation that would help decrease the shortage of pediatric rheumatologists in the US. This can be used for meetings with your legislators to encourage them to sign on to legislation.
This document details the Patients’ Access to Treatment Act, which would require commercial health insurers to cap the co-payment for specialty drugs. This would ease the burden of arthritis for all patients on specialty drugs. Use this one-pager to encourage your member of congress to support this legislation!
The Restoring the Patient’s Voice Act aims to reduce the obstacle of step therapy or “fail first” practices for prescription medications imposed by insurers. Use this one-pager to brief your member of congress on the importance of considering the patient’s voice in making medical and insurance decisions.
This document provides a brief overview about the Congressional Arthritis Caucus. Here, the mission, function, and importance of the caucus is detailed, and encourages members of congress to join.