Current Ambassador Assignments

The Arthritis Foundation Ambassador Program organizes passionate advocates to make an impact in arthritis education and legislation. Find out about upcoming and past ambassador assignments here.

Ambassador Program in Action | Assignments & Briefings

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! To view the 2019 New Ambassador Orientation video here!

Please be sure to log your completed Ambassador Activities in our Ambassador Reporting Center. You can also keep personal track of your logged assignments by using this list of requirements and bonus activities

2019 Ambassador Assignments

APRIL & MAY 2019

Ambassador Assignments 

FEATURED!Safe Step Act Assignment | The 116th Congress just introduced important legislation to reform step therapy, or “fail first” practices nationwide. We need your help in sending out targeted messages to your Representative to garner co-sponsorships of this important legislation.  

  • Click here to report your activity. 

Walk to Cure Arthritis Advocacy Activities | Did you know that the Walk to Cure Arthritis is right around the corner? We have resources that can guide your advocacy - from making sure your teammates signed up as Advocates, to volunteering at your Advocacy Booth, to inviting your legislator to attend the event!  

  • Click here to view the guide for our overview of activities. 

Sign Up your Walk Team as Advocates | Your goal is to sign up each member of your Walk to Cure Arthritis Team for our Advocate program. You can either follow the traditional sign up route and help them sign up online, or encourage them to take action in our action center, the moment they do – they’ll be enrolled in our Advocate program!  

Invite your Legislator | Build your relationship with your legislator by inviting them to join your event! If they are able to attend, they will have an opportunity to talk at the event and show the walkers #AdvocacyinAction  

Volunteer at your Advocacy Booth | By staffing the Advocacy Booth at your Walk to Cure Arthritis, you can show off why you’re a champion of Yes & invite others to join the party! Recruit walkers to sign up as Advocates and sign our Step Therapy reform petition. You can also demonstrate how to use the Action Center. 

FEBRUARY & MARCH 2019

Briefing Information 

During this briefing, gave an update on our State and Federal work, as well as provided participants with everything they would need to take action virtually during this year's 2019 Advocacy Summit! We are so excited to share our stories together again this year! #AdvocateforArthritis 

Ambassador Assignments 

Arthritis 101 Hill Briefing| On February 13th, the Arthritis Foundation hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill to educate congressional staff about priorities important to Americans with arthritis. The deadline for this part of the Arthritis 101 outreach assignment has now passed. 

We need your help to follow up with your member of Congress and their staff to make sure they receive important information about dedicated research funding at the Department of Defense. 

Participate in the Advocacy in Action Online Community | Join the discussion online and help support new Advocates and Ambassadors online through our brand new community forum! To get credit for this assignment, create a profile for the community and engage in at least three discussions. If you've already completed this assignment and enjoyed it, please consider signing up as an Advocacy Moderator for the online forum by reaching out to Michele Guadalupe at mguadalupe@arthritis.org. Serving as a moderator counts as a bonus activity toward the Platinum Ambassador requirements. 

Volunteer at the Advocacy Booth for the Walk to Cure Arthritis | Did you know that the Walk to Cure Arthritis is right around the corner? If you are interested in volunteering at the Advocacy Booth at your local walk event, please complete the following interest survey.   

Welcome to Congress Assignment | In January 2019, a new Congress was seated with Representatives and Senators that will serve until 2021. We are working to make sure that this new Congress has all of the information they need to become Champions of Yes on Capitol Hill. In order to teach them about our priority legislation we will share with them the Welcome to Congress packet. 

2017-2018 Ambassador Assignments

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2018

Briefing Information 

During our Ambassador Briefing, we announced and celebrated our 2018 Platinum Ambassadors, recapping the election results and what they mean for our Advocacy and Access priorities in 2019, and discussing our November and December Ambassador Activities.  

Ambassador Assignments 

Address the Pediatric Rheumatology Shortage| The Senate is working to renew a piece of legislation that could include authorization for a pediatric subspecialty loan repayment program. We need your help—write to your Senators and share your arthritis story today to ask them to support this important program. 

 
Recruit New Advocates to Ask Congress to Jingle with Us | We are calling on you to share your story with your member of Congress, asking them to support research for a cure through appropriations for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense, and the National Institutes of Health. To get credit for this assignment, you’ll need to recruit five new Advocates to send a letter to Congress using our action alert!  

Promote Open Enrollment Resources | Mark your calendars! The Arthritis Foundation is hosting its next Twitter chat this month on November 28 at 3:00 pm eastern. We’ll be talking about open enrollment and need your help to engage and promote the event. Keep your eye on your inbox for more information later this month! 

Participate in the Advocacy in Action Online Community| Join the discussion online and help support new Advocates and Ambassadors online through our brand new community forum! To get credit for this assignment, create a profile for the community and engage in at least three discussions.  

SEPTEMBER 2018

Watch the recording of our final Ambassador briefing of the 2017-2018 Ambassador Year. We will look back at what we accomplished together this year, and review what to expect as we spring into a new year! 

Action Opportunities 

Report all your activity from 2017-2018 Ambassador Year. 

JULY & AUGUST 2018

Watch the Webinar 

Watch our summer update on August Recess and our State and Federal work plans and your upcoming activities.  

Action Opportunities 

  • Participate in August Recess Meetings with Elected Officials 

  • Participate in the #CopaysCount Twitter Chat 

  • Participate in Soft Launch of Live Yes Action Network 

  • Raise Awareness for Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month 

  • Participated in the available action alerts in the Action Center 

Let us know what activities you’ve accomplished. 

MAY & JUNE 2018

Watch the Webinar 

Press play to learn about how the skills you have as Advocates translate into awesome skills to fundraise for a cure.  Kelby Peachey, Chair of the National Walk to Cure Arthritis Committee and Platinum Ambassador joins us to provide her tips for building a strong advocacy and fundraising toolkit. We also introduce an opportunity to share your story on social media to help amplify the voice of our Platinum Ambassador Assembly attendees. Watch to learn more! 

Action Opportunities 

  • Participated in the #AdvocateforArthritis Social Media Campaign 

  • Invited my member of Congress to join my local Walk to Cure Arthritis event 

  • Traveled to Washington, DC for the Platinum Ambassador Assembly 

  • Participated in the available action alerts in the Action Center 

Let us know what activities you’ve accomplished. 

JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2018

Watch the Webinar 

Press play to watch the recording of our January Ambassador Briefing to join us in discussing our federal and state work plans, how to use our new VoterVoice tool, our upcoming Platinum Ambassador Assembly (March 12-13) and our January and February activities. 

Action Opportunities 

  • Participated on Social Media for the #SaveChip National Day of Action 

  • Promoted the Advocate Webinar on Step Therapy 

  • Invited my members of Congress & their staff to attend the Feburary 1 Hill Briefing 

  • Participated in the available action alerts in the Action Center 

Let us know what activities you’ve accomplished. 

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2017

Watch the Webinar 

Press play to watch the recording of our November Ambassador Briefing to join us in celebrating our 51 Platinum Ambassadors for 2017. During the briefing, we discussed our federal and state work plans, our upcoming Platinum Ambassador Assembly (March 12-13) and our November and December Ambassador Activities. 

Action Opportunities 

  • Participated in the Open Enrollment Twitter Chat 

  • Promoted Open Enrollment Resources on Social Media and Beyond 

  • Volunteered at a local Jingle Bell Run to staff an Advocacy Booth 

  • Started a Jingle-In-Your-Jammies Remote Jingle Bell Run Team 

  • Recruited new members to the Advocacy program 

Let us know what activities you’ve accomplished. 

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By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

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- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 


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As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.

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Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000

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Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.

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Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.

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Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.

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