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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.

Call for Letters of Interest

The 2021 Call for Letters of Interest for the ACR Rural Health Outreach Program is now open! The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and National AHEC Organization (NAO) is pleased to announce this funding opportunity available to AHECs who are NAO Members. This project engages Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) who are NAO members to facilitate education and networking events related to lupus. Ideal applicants are AHECs located in areas that specifically serve rural communities and that have not participated in the former ACR Small Groups Project in the last 18 months.

Submission Deadline: 5:00 PM ET on Friday, March 12, 2021.

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