Ambassador Program: Current Assignment
Arthritis Ambassadors are asked to commit 2 hours a month for at least one year to the program. Every other month we host a half hour webinar, called the Ambassador Briefing, where you will receive your current assignment (listed below). Additionally, new Ambassador training takes place immediately following the Ambassador Briefing, stay on the line to learn more about our program and your new role as an Ambassador. The most current training and orientation slides are available on our Arthritis Foundation Youtube account in our advocacy playlist, check it out here!
Platinum Ambassadors are top Ambassadors who complete all Ambassador assignments for the year (October 2017- September 2018), plus 4 bonus activities, and raise $1,000 (give or get). 2017 Platinum Ambassadors are eligible to attend the Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC. Ambassadors wishing to achieve the Platinum Ambassador award will need to report all of their assignments and bonus activities in the Reporting Center.
Upcoming 2018 Briefing Dates
All briefings will be held at 3:00 PM Eastern time - you will be notified of any changes.
The next Ambassador Briefing will take place on July 25, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
- To dial in, please dial 866-487-9460, code 9317092991
Option 1: Participate in our August Recess Visits
Ambassadors are encouraged to visit their representative and/or their senators if their offices are close to their place of residence. August Recess runs from July 27– September 1. During this time, your representative and senators will be in your home state to meet with constituents. To increase the likelihood that your meeting takes place with the member, schedule early and be flexible. Click here to read our August Recess Guide.
Click the following legislative ask to view and print the leave behind document for the topic.
- Reform Step Therapy (H.R. 2077)
- Ensure Children’s Access to Specialty Care (S. 989/ H.R. 3767)
- Join the Congressional Arthritis Caucus
If your member of Congress already supports these issues, you can ask them to support our alternative ask for 2018: the Patient's Access to Treatments Act H.R. 2999.
Click here if you would like to coordinate the visit for a group of Ambassadors in your state.
Option 2: Contribute to the #CopaysCount Twitter Chaton July 18 at 3:00 pm
The theme of our #copayscount twitter chat is aimed at asking patient advocacy organizations across the spectrum about changes to how copayment assistance programs can contribute to a patient’s deductible. These changes have many names, one of them is an Accumulator Adjustment Program. Follow along on this Twitter chat to see how patient advocacy groups are addressing patient concerns and helping patients navigate these changes to their care. If you are experiencing a change like this, you can share your personal story in this private link or if you’re comfortable reach out by participating in this chat!
Option 3: Raise awareness for Juvenile Arthritis this Juvenile Arthritis Awareness month.
July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, dedicated to making everyone aware that kids get arthritis, too! While a lot of progress has been made in treating it, there’s still a lot more to do to get to the bottom of this painful and debilitating disorder. This month, help spread awareness about the 300,000 kids nationwide who suffer from JA and celebrate their bravery, strength, and determination as mighty JA Warriors! Help raise awareness by promoting the #StrongerthanJA Advocate Webinar and this action alert!
Let us know what activities you’ve accomplished by clicking here.
Ambassador Bonus Activities
Are you working toward becoming a 2018 Platinum Ambassador? Please be sure to report your Ambassador Activities! If you have missed an activity so far this year, but are committed to achieving the award, please reach out to me at email@example.com and we'll work together to identify some additional bonus activities that you can complete.
Please note that four bonus activities plus $1,000 fundraised (give or get) is required to become a 2017 Platinum Ambassador. Bonus Activities must be reported on in the Ambassador Reporting Center.