Educators & Students

Understanding Lupus

(Para aprender sobre Entendiendo el Lupus en español, haga clic aquí.)

A training program to educate promotores about lupus

Did you know that Latinas have a higher risk of lupus and tend to have more serious complications from lupus than White women? Or that:

  • Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can cause inflammation in almost every organ, caused by the autoimmune system attacking its own cells and tissues?
  • Lupus is more common in women than in men?
  • Women are often diagnosed between ages 15 and 44?
  • Although there is no cure for lupus, there are medications and lifestyle changes that can help people with lupus manage the disease so that they feel better?

While lupus is more common among Latinos than many other racial and ethnic groups, much of the Latino community may be unaware of lupus and its consequences.

Promotores can help by raising awareness of lupus!

Promotores are Latino-serving community health workers who work to educate and reduce health barriers faced by members of the Latino community.

The American College of Rheumatology’s Understanding Lupus training program provides promotores with knowledge and skills to raise lupus awareness. Understanding Lupus expands promotores’ outreach skills to help them understand lupus signs and symptoms and raise lupus awareness.

Help us raise awareness of lupus in Latino communities by holding a lupus education session for promotores in your network and/or community using Understanding Lupus Curriculum! Together we can raise awareness of lupus and improve health outcomes!

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Latinos is used throughout these webpages and Understanding Lupus training program to represent the Latinx community