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).
Join us on Social Media
Here’s how you can participate in RDAM on social media for the month of September:
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.