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You can help revolutionize arthritis healthcare in BC!
This is an opportunity for you to be a part of a monumental change to arthritis care in British Columbia.
You can be a change maker.
With the number of people living with arthritis only expected to grow, something needs to change. We have a unique solution, but we need YOUR help to help make it a reality. Click here to learn how you can be a change-maker and help to revolutionize our healthcare system and improve outcomes for people living with arthritis.
You’re invited to our Arthritis Connects Symposium, March 4!
Everyone is welcome to join! The next event in our Arthritis Connects Symposium series is on March 4, and you are invited to be a part of it. The reality is that arthritis can affect anyone – from children to adults – and can affect both physical and mental health. Join us to learn more about arthritis related issues, and tips for navigating and accessing arthritis related services.
Topics will include symptoms, treatment options, and the availability of healthcare providers for different types of arthritis among children and adults. This symposium will help improve your knowledge of treatment options for people with arthritis, including children, and self-management skills. Speakers will include a pediatric rheumatologist and allied healthcare providers.
The Symposium is taking place in Prince George from 1-3pm on March 4 at the Prince George Civic Centre, but will also be live-streamed and available as a webinar for anyone located elsewhere in BC. The webinar will be interactive, so that everyone can participate and contribute to the question and answer portion. Click here to register, or call 1.866.414.7766 for more information.
New workshops in the Hindi community
As part of our Access Initiative for Underserved Communities, we have expanded our programming and services to ethnic communities within British Columbia. Jay Pandey and Reshma Mehta (in photo) are just a few of the volunteer health care providers who have collaborated with the Society as we look for new ways to serve the South Asian community. These passionate volunteers have played an imperative role in engaging and educating South Asians through their presentations, and through their delivery of culturally sensitive educational workshops throughout the community. As the Society works to increase the capacity of arthritis-related expertise available to underserved ethnic communities, these workshops aim to address issues of awareness and understanding of arthritis across South Asian communities.
The ultimate goal is to address the needs of BC’s ethnic communities and inclusively and successfully promote health and improve individual and community well-being. The delivery of these in-person workshops are only the beginning, and we look forward to exploring more opportunities. We welcome your feedback!
Approaching people in their own communities is an effective way to promote good health. Through building true links and deepening community engagement within the South Asian community, the Arthritis Society hopes for a shift in the approach and understanding of arthritis. Collaborating with community leaders, healthcare providers, government agencies and immigrant organizations will allow the Society to use innovative strategies to address the challenges of arthritis and support South Asian families in making healthy lifestyle choices related to this complex disease that can affect anyone at any time, regardless of age, ethnicity or gender.
Through the development of culturally sensitive educational materials in primary ethnic languages, the Society also hopes to raise awareness about the services available for support. If immigrants have access to culturally appropriate health information and are aware of resources available to them, it will result in early detection, early intervention and chronic disease self- management.
We would also like to recognize our deserving volunteers for their time, effort, and contributions in making a difference within their communities. Reshma and Jay are an essential part of our success as an organization and they infuse energy and passion into the Society’s new initiative for empowering underserved communities. We are grateful for their commitment to championing our mission. By educating, engaging and empowering members of the ‘at risk’ population in South Asian communities, we will undoubtedly have successful health outcomes, which in turn, will help to create healthy communities.
If you are interested in working with us to deliver workshops in different languages to raise awareness of arthritis and promote healthy activities for people affected by arthritis, please contact Alan Huang to discuss upcoming opportunities.
An enormous and heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make the Arthritis Society’s “All-in for Arthritis” Gala such a huge success! From our generous sponsors, donors and tireless volunteers, to our planning committee and guests, it was a night to remember, raising close to $100,000 toward research into personalized medicine, to help stop childhood arthritis in its tracks!
We are also so grateful to CBC's Fred Lee and Margaret Gallagher for sharing their time and being the co-emcees of this fabulous evening for us! It was truly inspiring to have so many people in the room working together to make a difference to kids living with arthritis. Teamwork makes the dream work!
None of it would have been possible without this passionate community of innovation and support. Thank you for going “all-in” for the kids!
And you can still be a part of it! Donations are still being accepted toward this important and very worthwhile cause! Please contact Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.714.5583.
Keeping it simple!
As someone who subscribes to our electronic information, you are used to seeing various things landing in your inbox throughout the month – and we are grateful! Having this opportunity to share information with you in this way is very important, and we have found a way to streamline and simplify this process, because we know how valuable your time is.
Starting this month, we will be consolidating our education emails, so you will only receive one email with links to our various events, rather than several separate emails. We are appreciative of your time, attention and loyalty, and want to respect your inbox as well! You will also only see information about events that are happening close to you.
Thanks so much again for being an active supporter and essential part of our community, and we hope you like our new tailored approach!