Our Commitment

The Lupus Initiative® is committed to eliminating health disparities in lupus. It is centered on providers and soon-to-be providers because we recognize that physicians, health care professionals and trainees are uniquely positioned to have a meaningful conversation about the fundamental causes of disparities – and to take action.

Because we are housed within the American College of Rheumatology, the Initiative is uniquely positioned to reach the physician, academician, health professional and researcher- thought leaders that help us gather the information and create the tools you need in order to take action.

The Lupus Initiative® is a program conceived by Garth Graham, MD, MPH, Deputy Assistant Secretary Office of Minority Health, and spearheaded by the Office of Minority Health (OMH) along with the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) and the Office of the Surgeon General. The goal of The Initiative is to improve diagnosis, treatment, and management of lupus and associated diseases and conditions among populations disproportionately affected based on race, ethnicity, and gender. The Initiative’s mission is to educate medical professionals in training and in practice because they are inimitably positioned to make a difference.

The Initiative goals are consistent with
The HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/npa/files/Plans/HHS/HHS_Plan_complete.pdf
and the National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity
http://www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/npa/templates/content.aspx?lvl=1&lvlid=33&ID=286