Making health care system change can be challenging work, and positive change rarely happens overnight. It takes months and sometimes years of sustained, strategic advocacy to improve treatment and care for people with RA. But in can be done, especially if the RA community works with a common goal, understanding of the problem and implementable solutions. Natural leaders in this effort are people living with RA and the organizations that serve and support them. Starting a movement for change is the most important step we can take together as a global RA community.

Global RA Network Communications Tools

Many of the Global RA Network Communications Tools are ready to share as available on the website or can be easily customized. We encourage you to share all of the resources with your networks.

We encourage you to download the Network's Communications Tools to improve RA models of care in your country.

Advocacy Resources to Share

Raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis by sharing these resources with your communities.

About Global RA Network Factsheet

RA Models of Care Factsheet

RA Models of Care Infographic

Customizable Advocacy Resources

These resources are easy to customize and share. Download text versions of each by clicking on them.

Letter to the Editor

The Power of Letters to the Editor

Sending a letter to the editor of your local newspaper is an effective way to increase awareness about rheumatoid arthritis in your community. We encourage you to edit the letter to reflect your own experiences. Remember: Letters under 200 words have a better chance of being published! If you are submitting a letter to your editor via email, remember to include your name, home address and telephone number.

Social Media

Help us spread the word about RA Models of Care and the Global RA Network online! Organizations and indivduals are encouraged to use the following resources when sharing information on their websites or social media channels.

Hashtags

If you are sharing information about the Global RA Network or RA models of Care, be sure to use our official hashtags, #GlobalRANetwork and #RAModelsofCare

Connect with World Arthritis Day on October 12 (#ConnectToday) and the Global RA Network on Social Media

World Arthritis Day

Sample Posts

Organizations and individuals are encouraged to download, tailor and share the following social media posts in their communications about the Global RA Network and RA Models of Care.

Facebook

October 12 is World Arthritis Day. Don’t Delay, Connect Today: https://www.facebook.com/worldarthritisday

Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the more than 100 types of arthritis. Learn more from the Global RA Network: http://globalranetwork.org

Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis and affects 1 in 100 people. Learn more: http://globalranetwork.org

Did you know? Experts predict the number of people with RA will double by 2030. Learn more: http://globalranetwork.org

Patients experiencing symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis face unreasonable wait times to get a consult with a rheumatologist for timely diagnosis and treatment initiation. Learn more from the Global RA Network: http://globalranetwork.org

Rheumatoid arthritis patients must be treated with disease modifying medications ideally within 6 weeks of disease onset and be evaluated for improvement within 12 weeks after therapy initiation. Learn more: http://globalranetwork.org

More information and education on rheumatoid arthritis for patients and the public is needed to support people with the disease. Specifically, to help them best describe their symptoms and help them take shared decisions with their rheumatologists. Learn more from the Global RA Network: http://globalranetwork.org

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Twitter

October 12 is #ConnectToday! Learn more @ArthritisDay

1 in 100 – young and old – live with painful, debilitating and life threatening rheumatoid arthritis. #RAModelsofCare #GlobalRANetwork

Did you know? RA affects more than 17 million people worldwide. #RAModelsofCare #GlobalRANetwork

RA patients face unreasonable wait times to get a consult with a rheumatologist. #RAModelsofCare #GlobalRANetwork

Did you know? Experts predict the number of people with RA will double by 2030. #RAModelsofCare #GlobalRANetwork

For the preservation of joint health, treatment for RA should be initiated as close to diagnosis as possible. #RAModelsofCare #GlobalRANetwork

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