World Arthritis Day Twitter Event

Did you know that October 12th is World Arthritis Day?

World Arthritis Day was first celebrated in 1996 by Arthritis Rheumatism International giving a voice to those suffering with arthritis around the world.  The goals of World Arthritis Day are:

  • To raise awareness of arthritis in all its forms among the medical community, people with arthritis and the general public
  • To influence public policy by making decision-makers aware of the burden of arthritis and the steps which can be taken to ease it
  • To ensure all people with arthritis and their caregivers are aware of the vast support network available to them.

Join us for the #ArthritisDay Twitter Party

When: Tuesday, October 12th from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET

Where: #ArthritisDay on Twitter

How: Follow host @ResourcefulMom and the experts at @Arthritis_Org to have your questions answered and learn important information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of arthritis and related conditions.

Guest Experts:

Dr. Patience White

Patience White, M.D. is the chief public health officer of the Arthritis Foundation – the nation’s largest national, nonprofit health agency working on behalf of the 46 million Americans with arthritis and related diseases. In addition to her work at the national office of the Arthritis Foundation, she also is a professor of medicine and pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Before assuming her current position at the Arthritis Foundation in 2004, she served as the director of the division of adult rheumatology and associate dean for academic affairs at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and director of Pediatric Rheumatology and the Adolescent Employment Readiness Center at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

She has been a consultant for the President’s Task Force for Employment of People with Disabilities, a Robert Wood Johnson health policy fellow on the Senate Finance Committee and chairman of the national arthritis advisory committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Some of her honors and awards include the Newsweek/CBS National American Achievement Award, the State of Maryland’s Healthcare Professional of the Year Award, Woman of Valor Award from B’nai Brith Women, and the Outstanding Service award from George Washington University.

In addition to Dr. White’s academic accomplishments, she also has authored numerous books and articles in such publications as the New England Journal of Medicine and Pediatrics. Much of her published work deals with juvenile arthritis and the long term outcome of youth with disabilities as they move into the world of work.

Dr. White received a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, a master’s of science degree from Dartmouth Medical School, a doctor of medicine degree from Harvard Medical School, and a master’s in education from George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development.  She completed her residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital, a teaching fellowship in rheumatology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a pediatric rheumatology fellowship at Northwick Park Post Graduate Institute in London, England.

Dr. Arthur Weinstein

Arthur Weinstein, MD, associate chairman of the department of medicine, director of the section of rheumatology of the Washington Hospital Center, and professor of medicine at the Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., was named a Master of the American College of Rheumatology at a session of the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting, on October 17 in Philadelphia, Pa.

The member designation of Master is conferred by the board of directors of the College on ACR members, age 65 or older, who have made outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through scholarly achievement and/or service to their patients, students and profession.

Dr. Arthur Weinstein graduated University of Toronto Medical School, AOA, and completed his internal medicine residency in Toronto. On a fellowship from the Canadian Arthritis Society, his rheumatology and clinical research training was completed at the Hammersmith Hospital in London, England under Eric G. L. Bywaters, MD and Keith Peters, MD and at the Wellesley Hospital under current ACR Masters, including Hugh A. Smythe, MD; Duncan A. Gordon, MD; and Murray B. Urowitz, MD. In addition, as a junior faculty member at the University of Connecticut Medical School, he was mentored by ACR Master Naomi F. Rothfield, MD. He is currently professor of medicine, Georgetown University Medical Center and associate chairman, department of medicine and chief, division of rheumatology, Washington Hospital Center.

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  • So glad you are hosting this. I’ve had arthritis since I was 19. I also used to work for the Arthritis Foundation. This is a great cause that needs more awareness promotion. I plan to participate in the Twitter Event.

  • Thank you for sharing important health information about arthritis Amy. When people are diagnosed early they can get the treatment they need and work on stopping the damage to their body and the spread of the disease. I’m adding this to my calendar in the hopes of being able to attend.

  • Amy, i hope to make this one too. Long time sufferer. Glad you are doing this!!

  • Amy thank you so much for helping to promote public awareness to this painful, disabling condition!

  • I forgot to say I’ll be attending this. My mom just got diagnosed and this is great event for me to learn more about it. Thanks!

  • I’ll be there as long as I can. Both my parents suffer and I suspect I might have to deal with it as I can’t seem to ward off Father Time and his minions.