Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month 2016

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Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month 2016


2016 RDAM Recap
Throughout the month of September, Simple Tasks, members from the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), patient organizations, rheumatology patients, and advocates joined in observing the first annual Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month (RDAM) with a variety of outreach activities to raise public awareness. As RDAM came to an end, we could not be more excited to see how many people have joined the cause to raise awareness! See a recap of the first annual Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month >
Please check back for updates and more information about 2017 RDAM.


About RDAM

September 2016 marks the first annual Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month (RDAM). RDAM was created by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and its public awareness campaign, Simple Tasks, to raise awareness about diseases like lupus, gout, rheumatoid arthritis and the 100+ lesser known rheumatic diseases.

The theme for RDAM 2016 is, “Hundreds of Diseases. One Voice.” Speaking as one voice, we can improve the public’s understanding of rheumatic diseases and advance the health and well-being of millions of Americans living with rheumatic diseases.

To kick off Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month, Simple Tasks and the ACR teamed up with Jennie Garth, actress and arthritis advocate, to produce a public service announcement about rheumatic disease symptoms and treatment options. Please watch and share this video message with your communities during RDAM this September. If you suspect you or someone you know may have a rheumatic disease, learn more about the importance of early diagnosis and treatment from a rheumatologist.


Tools and Resources

Take advantage of the free resources included in our RDAM communications toolkit. Some items are available in pdf and Word format (noted by Doc).


Get Involved

RDAM Share Your Story

Share your Story

RDAM Events

Host an Event

RDAM Selfie

Take a #RheumSelfie

RDAM Advocacy

Contact your Lawmaker


Join us on Social Media

RDAM Social Media Profile Picture

Here’s how you can participate in RDAM on social media for the month of September:

Download and use the RDAM social media profile badge or cover image to replace your profile picture!

Join our weekly #RheumChat

Share a #RheumSelfie



More Information about Rheumatic Diseases

Visit our resources page to learn more about rheumatic diseases, how they affect millions of patients and what you can do to advocate for patients’ rights.

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) is an ethically-driven, professional membership organization committed to improving the care of patients with rheumatic disease and advancing the rheumatology subspecialty.

The Rheumatology Research Foundation is the largest private funding source for rheumatology research & training in the U.S. Learn more about the Foundation and how it aims to improve the lives of these patients living with rheumatic disease.