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

Rural Healthcare Providers

The ACR aims to increase exposure of lupus education to healthcare providers by collaborating with organizations such as the National AHEC Organization (NAO) to implement virtual or in-person educational sessions through Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) that serve in rural communities.


ACR Rural Health Outreach Program

The ACR Rural Health Outreach Program is designed to reduce health disparities and time to lupus diagnosis in rural communitiies by educating healthcare providers and improving referral connections. The program consists of virtual and/or live meetings implemented by rural AHECs between ACR-member rheumatologists and prescribing providers who serve in rural communities.

Additional program details on the 2021 ACR Rural Health Outreach Program will be available soon. In the meantime, AHECs interested in learning more about the program may email Stacey Boyd at

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