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    The Arthritis Foundation Steps Up During COVID-19 Pandemic

    Despite the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Arthritis Foundation is committed to providing up to date information as well as services to comfort and empower those living with arthritis.

    Here's How We Made an Impact In 2020:

    Virtual Support

    • We provided an entry point and support system to 1,500 additional arthritis patients seeking information and encouragement—a 22% increase over the same period in 2019.
    • During the first few months of the pandemic, more people engaged in our Online Community than ever before, with an increase of over 500% in posts made by those impacted by arthritis.
    • 177 local Connect Groups held virtual meetings in April and May to keep participants updated and connected.
    • 533 people called our Helpline for information or assistance, making it a crucial source of support.

    Care and Connect

    • 275,000+ followers across 4 social media platforms got the tips they needed to stay healthy in quarantine, create a handmade face mask, stay physically active, eat well and more.
    • 158,000 constituents were kept updated about the COVID-19 services we offer, including our Helpline, online resources and opportunities to connect with each other.
    • More than 3,000 supporters received personal phone calls from us to check on how they are doing and if they needed anything.

    Advocacy Issues

    Access to Care

    • Addressing challenges to accessing medications and affording needed care
    • Advocating with decision-makers to address shortages of arthritis medications
    • Urging policymakers to break down barriers to treatments during COVID-19

    Resolving Gaps in Health Coverage

    • Calling on Congress to implement patient-centric solutions through telehealth and other options
    • Urging a legislative solution for workers who have lost employer-sponsored coverage during the pandemic

    Workforce Shortages

    • Urging Congress to enact legislation that ensures providers remain solvent during the crisis through tailored funding
    • Pushing for successful reauthorization of a program to incentivize pediatric rheumatologists to practice in underserved areas in the first COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress

    Throughout the pandemic, people with arthritis have counted on the Arthritis Foundation to stay connected and help them get the care they need. With your help, we can focus on these priorities and continue to champion the fight against arthritis. Contact the Arthritis Foundation at 866-528-8687 or [email protected] to learn how you can make an impact well into the future.

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    Ways to Give

    Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life. Whether it is supporting cutting-edge research, 24/7 access to one-on-one support, resources and tools for daily living, and more, your gift will be life-changing.

    Make a Donation

    Help millions of people live with less pain and fund groundbreaking research to discover a cure for this devastating disease. Please, make your urgently-needed donation to the Arthritis Foundation now!

    Become a Member

    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.

    Make a Honor or Memorial Gift

    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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    I want information on ways to remember the AF in my will, trust or other financial planning vehicles.


    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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    Live Yes! INSIGHTS

    Give Just 10 Minutes.

    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.


    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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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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