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Don’t miss out on the 2020 ACR/ARP Image Competition!

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ACR’s Lupus Initiative is a multi-faceted education program designed to reduce disparities and improve outcomes among people with lupus through the development and dissemination of evidence-based educational resources for health care providers. The development of lupus educational materials relies on the use of images that reflect the racial and ethnic composition of people living with […]

A Message from the ACR about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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See important information about in-person meeting cancellations related to COVID-19 as well brief answers to some frequently asked questions. Learn more.  

Self-Management Resources Available!

Doctors and healthcare providers can provide these online self-management resources and tools to people living with lupus and lupus nephritis to assist with self-managing the disease.  

Complimentary Lupus CME Series Available!

  The ACR Lupus Initiative offers complimentary CME/CE for physicians and health professionals to improve the quality of care in those with, or at risk for, lupus. Access seven complimentary CME activities available!

New EULAR/ACR SLE Classification Criteria

The 2019 European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR)/American College of Rheumatology Classification (ACR) Criteria for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) available here.  

May is Lupus Awareness Month!

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  Did you know we offer complimentary teaching tools and resources to educators at medical and health profession schools?   These resources are designed to help increase knowledge and awareness in the diagnosis and treatment of lupus and associated health disparities. Our robust collection includes educational slides, videos, and interactive and traditional case studies.   […]

IN THE NEWS: ACR invites letters of interest for new OA educational training program.

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The ACR Collaborative Initiatives (COIN) department invites letters of interest from members wishing to help develop educational training for PCPs, NPs and PAs on Osteoarthritis. SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  Thursday January 31, 2019 Working Group to Improve Provider Team Education on Osteoarthritis The ACR invites letters of interest from members who wish to serve on a working […]

YOU can help improve health outcomes for people with undiagnosed lupus

LUPUS IS NOT A ZEBRA The likelihood that your symptomatic patient has lupus increases based on gender, race, ethnicity, and age.  In which case, lupus is not a zebra. It’s a horse.  Know when to suspect lupus. Know when to refer. WATCH VIDEO.

Customizable Lupus Awareness Grassroots Campaign Resources Now Available to Student Organizations

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The Lupus Initiative is excited to launch The Playbook Project! This localized grassroots lupus awareness campaign initiative provides turnkey grassroots activities to student organizations at four-year colleges and universities in a step by step implementation guide called, The Playbook. Student organizations can use this complimentary guide to plan and implement lupus awareness activities on campus […]

COIN Announces Receipt of Two OMH Grants

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On August 13, 2018, ACR Collaborative Initiatives announced the receipt of two, two-year grants from the Office of Minority Health (OMH) to support the development of programs that aim to increase the recruitment and enrollment in lupus clinical trials of minority popoulations affected by lupus. Read full press release.

Collaborative Initiatives featured in The Rheumatologist

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ACR Collaborative Initiatives is featured in the May 2018 issue of The Rheumatologist. The article titled “The ACR’s COIN Department Connects Providers with Communities” is featured in the President’s Perspective column and was written by ACR President, David I. Daikh, MD, PhD. Read full article.

MIMICT Advisory Committee Members in the News

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ACR’s Collaborative Initiatives department is proud to share the following interviews featuring members of our MIMICT Advisory Committee. Committee Member, Dr. Priscilla Pemu recently sat down with Atlanta’s local NPR station, WABE,  to discuss “Reconciling Distrust in Clinical Research” in a special edition of A Closer Look with Rose Scott. Access the interview HERE. Committee Member, Dr. Northington […]

ACR Collaborative Initiatives Receives Innovation Award

The ACR Collaborative Initiatives department (COIN) is honored to be a recipient of the 2018 American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Innovation Grants Program (IGP). COIN will be recognized during ASAE’s 2018 Great Ideas Conference, March 11-13 in Colorado Springs, CO. Read more >  

Be Fierce. Take Control. Awareness Campaign Featured in The Rheumatologist

The Be Fierce. Take Control.TM lupus awareness campaign, is featured in the January 2018 issue of The Rheumatologist.  Be Fierce. Take Control.TM was jointly created by the ACR and the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) and launched in June 2018. The campaign encourages women to take control of their health and not ignore possible symptoms of lupus, […]

One Women’s Journey with Lupus Nephritis

One Stop Lupus Clinic Broadens Patient Access to Care

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The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus will open its second multi-disciplinary lupus clinic later this year.  Multi-disciplinary lupus clinics provide patients with broader access to a variety specialists in one location. READ FULL ARTICLE

Explore our educational resources for medical and health professional schools

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The ACR Lupus Initiative (TLI) offers the following complimentary lupus teaching tools and educational resources to medical and health professional schools: Interactive Case Studies Traditional Case Studies PowerPoint Slides Short Teaching Videos Request access here >>

Living with Lupus, A Patient’s Journey

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“Living with Lupus,” featuring Shanelle Gabriel Shanelle shares her journey and provides inspiration for others living with Lupus through our Simple Tasks campaign patient documentary.  

Dr. Maria Dall’Era is taking the PIVOT project to the next level

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Led by a passion to improve the clinical reasoning skills of future doctors, Maria Dall’Era, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Lupus Clinic is taking the PIVOT project to the next level. Read more >>

The Lupus Initiative celebrates the life of Dr. Evelyn Hess, pioneering lupus researcher

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The Lupus Initiative is saddened to learn of the passing of Evelyn V. Hess, MD, former ACR master member, distinguished professor emerita, founder and former chief of the division of immunology, allergy, and rheumatology at the University of Cincinnati Medical School. Over the course of her notable career, Dr. Hess made outstanding contributions to the advancement of […]

New Grant Funding Allows TLI to Expand Its Education Program

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The American College of Rheumatology’s Lupus Initiative announced the award of a one-year $500,000 grant from the Office of Minority Health. Read the full press release here.

TLI Presented Update on Teaching Fellows in Lupus Program at 2015 Annual Meeting

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The Lupus Initiative’s® (TLI) project entitled, Teaching Fellows in Lupus, was presented at the 2015 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting, November 6-11, 2015 in San Francisco. Teaching Fellows in Lupus aims to reduce health disparities in lupus by increasing awareness and knowledge of the disease among frontline health care providers. The project utilizes rheumatology fellows to deliver standardized lupus education […]

Engaging Learners in Lupus Education with PIVOT

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An abstract on The Lupus Initiative’s® (TLI) project: Practice Improvement Using Virtual Online Training (PIVOT), has been accepted for a poster presentation at the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting, November 6-11, 2015 in San Francisco. PIVOT, a medical evaluation simulation case study tool, was initially developed by TLI in conjunction with University of California […]

The ACR’s Lupus Initiative Expands Training, Educational Resources

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Excerpted from The Rheumatologist, August 17, 2015. The ACR’s Lupus Initiative Expands Training, Educational Resources By E. William St.Clair, MD The Lupus Initiative (TLI) has been an emergent creation inside the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) for the past six years. In 2009, the Office of Minority Health and Office of Women’s Health (now called […]

ACR’s Lupus Initiative Advances Education Around Diagnosing, Treating Disease

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Taking Action Against Lupus

See page 6. The Lupus Initiative highlights one woman who is taking action.

Lupus: A Mother’s Journey to Understanding the Disease with Many Faces

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Lupus Initiative panel moderator, award winning journalist Brenda Blackmon, shares her story.

Q&A with Sam Lim, MD: Reducing Disparities in the Delivery of Healthcare to Patients with Lupus

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Reducing Disparities in the Delivery of Healthcare to Patients with Lupus: A Q&A with Sam Lim, MD, Consortium Chair of the Lupus Initiative

Empowering Physicians – Improving Care

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President’s Perspective: New ACR Lupus Initiative Program Helps Identify and Eliminate Bias in Rheumatology Practices

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ACR board president asks medical practitioners, “Are you unbiased? Are you sure?”

The Role of Perspectives in Patient Care: A Clinical Concern

As the need to reduce the high burden of preventable disease and premature death experienced by racial and ethnic minorities increases, recognizing and managing bias becomes an important clinical concern, one that no provider can afford to ignore.

Expert Opinion: Learning from lupus

We all know that systemic lupus erythematosus disproportionately impacts women and racial and ethnic minorities. We also know that people of lower socioeconomic status are often diagnosed later and have poorer outcomes after diagnosis. The groups that are genetically at greater risk for SLE, namely women and minorities, are also more likely to be poor and uninsured.

A Functional Collaboration: The Lupus Initiative®

Over the past three years, members of The Lupus Initiative consortium have worked together to transform lupus education by leading an effort aimed at eliminating ethnic, racial, and gender disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of lupus through education. Because of these unique collaborations, this catalytic effort not only has the potential to produce meaningful outcomes; it has also established an effective model for success in educational philanthropy.

Lupus Diagnosis: The Challenge in Primary Care

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Lupus Initiative consortium chair offers insights on the special challenges of lupus diagnosis in primary care and sheds light on how primary care physicians can ensure better outcomes for their patients with lupus.

A Window into Health Disparities

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Lupus Initiative consortium member pens an article highlighting how lupus is a touchstone for the U.S. healthcare system and care for vulnerable patients.

Strike While the Iron Is Hot

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Former ACR board president underscores how The Lupus Initiative offers a strategic & proactive approach to patient care for the medical profession.

Eliminating Disparities in Lupus

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The Lupus Initiative salutes patients & providers that are advancing lupus care.

FDA Approves Benlysta to Treat Lupus Patients

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Excerpted from FDA News Release, dated March 9, 2011 The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Benlysta (belimumab) for the treatment of lupus patients with active autoantibody- positive systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).  The last drugs to receive FDA approval for the treatment of lupus were Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)and corticosteroids, in 1955 and aspirin in 1948. […]