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A lupus awareness and educational program from the American College of Rheumatology

Community Health Workers (CHWs)

The following programs were developed to help increase understanding among Community Healthcare Workers (CHWs)’ of the signs and symptoms of lupus and ultimately raising lupus awarenes and decreasing time to diagnosis in the communities that they serve.

Rural Health Outreach Program

ACR is working with the Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) and the National AHEC Organization to implement the Rural Health Outreach Program. This program aims at increasing lupus awareness and reducing health disparities and time to lupus diagnosis for impacted rural populations by educating providers and improving referral connections. 

Participating AHECs have the option of implementing either a virtual or live educational session/meeting between rheumatologists and rural healthcare providers (MDs, DOs, NPs, PAs) held by AHECs that serve in rural communities. During the session, an invited rheumatologist delivers ACR’s lupus education presentation, followed by time for networking and relationship building with session attendees. CME or CE credit is often offered by the participating AHEC.  

American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) Project

ACR’s AI/AN Project titled, Illuminating Lupus, was developed educate non-rheumatology providers who serve AI/AN communities about recognizing the signs and symptoms of lupus, the risks of lupus for those communities and making appropriate referrals to specialists.

Access Illuminating Lupus Educational Materials:


ACR Illuminating Lupus Educational Presentation

ACR’s Illuminating Lupus educational presentation is designed to be utilized to educate your fellow community health leaders and CHRs about lupus and provide them with tools to discuss lupus in their communities.

Objectives of this presentation include:

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of lupus
  • Understand impact of lupus on a person’s life and the AI/AN community
  • Raise lupus awareness among CHRs and individuals working in AI/AN communities
  • Know how to support a person with lupus

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Download ACR’s Illuminating Lupus Education Presentation


ACR Illuminating Lupus Facilitator's Guide

ACR’s Illuminating Lupus Facilitator’s Guide is designed to accompany the lupus education presentation and assist CHRs implement lupus educational activities in AI/AN communities. 

Download ACR’s Illuminating Lupus Faciltiators’ Guide

Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) interested in learning more about the Rural Health Outreach Program, please contact Stacey Boyd at

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