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 assignments and updates on all things Arthritis Foundation Advocacy. To get up to speed today, watch the New Ambassador Orientation video!

Please be sure to log your completed Ambassador Activities in our 2020 Platinum Ambassador Requirements Checklist. 

Email [email protected] with any questions about the Ambassador Program.

2020 Ambassador Assignments

January & February 2020

Ambassador Assignments 

Explore the New Arthritis Foundation Website | The new Arthritis.org is modern and user-friendly. In this assignment, you’ll be locating at least three crucial advocacy pages so that using the website going forward is a breeze. Whether you’re looking for a resource, communicating with your online network, or contacting legislators, you’ll be a pro in no time. One of your first assignments for 2020 is to familiarize yourself with the new Arthritis.org!

Get in Touch with your Health Legislative Assistant | Health Legislative Assistants are senior members of the policy team within a Congressional office. They conduct research and handle a specific issue area, like health, to inform their member’s policies and legislative portfolio. Meeting with an HLA is a great opportunity to share your story with another subject matter expert on health. Getting your HLA’s contact information is important, so you can send them a personal note when a new action item arises.

 

April & May 2020

Top 10 Advocacy Projects Showcase | Ten of your peers created poster presentations about a key advocacy accomplishment for the Advocacy Leadership Retreat. While we couldn’t meet in person, these Ambassadors are still excited to present their accomplishments and key takeaways with you virtually! Visit the Live Yes! Online Community on April 27 & 28th to join the conversation. Ambassadors should post a minimum of three questions to receive program credit for this assignment. If you aren’t able to join us on April 27-28, you can still participate! Navigate to the Online Community and post your questions there. Virtual Walk to Cure Arthritis Advocacy Booth | While we can’t walk with each other in person this year, we are excited to walk side-by-side virtually on May 16th. In lieu of an in-person advocacy booth, we are calling on our Ambassadors to participate in and share the Advocacy Booth action items. Your friends and family can easily sign up to be an advocate, take action, or share their story. We Live Yes! Story Bank | The Arthritis Foundation is inspired by patients across the arthritis community who are living YES in these uncertain times. Share your story with us to help shape our resources, materials, and advocacy efforts. Your story could even be featured in upcoming blogs and videos. You can also share your questions and ideas for new resources that you would like to see on our channels in the coming weeks. Together, #weliveyes! Share your story, and then share the link with your friends and family so they can share their experiences.

June & July 2020

Opt-In for the August Recess Initiative | Congress "recesses" from DC during the month of August to connect with constituents at home. Make your voice heard by registering for the August Recess Initiative before June 30th! You'll get an Assignment Guide and assistance setting up a virtual meeting. Whether you're passionate about the pediatric rheumatologist shortage, arthritis research funding, reforming step therapy, or another topic entirely, your legislators are ready to listen.  
Join the August Recess Discussion in the Live Yes! Online Community | Advocacy works best when we share ideas and stories. Whether you're a new Ambassador or an advocacy pro, prep for your virtual August Recess meeting by logging in to the Online Community. Check out Ambassador spotlights from past years, share your favorite memories, and ask or respond to questions. The more prepared you are, the more impactful your advocacy will be! Spread the Word in the #AdvocateforArthritis Social Media Campaign | It only takes around 30 posts about a topic to get a member of Congress to pay attention. Help us raise awareness of arthritis issues like research funding and access to care by completing this assignment! Click here to view the guide. It contains everything you need to find your legislators on social media, write your post, and share it.
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Arthritis Foundation Ambassadors take their advocacy to the next level through specialized training, assignments, and resources. Raise your voice today!

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Become an Arthritis Foundation member today for just $20. You'll receive a year's worth of Arthritis Today magazine, access to helpful tools, resources, and more.

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Honor a loved one with a meaningful donation to the Arthritis Foundation. We'll send a handwritten card to the honoree or their family notifying them of your thoughtful gift.

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.


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Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

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.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- 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. 

How are you changing the future?

By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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Meet Our Partners

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.

Trailblazer

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

Visionary

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.

Pioneer

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.

Pacesetter

Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.

Signature

Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.

Supporting

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