Taking Action Against Lupus

Taking Action Against Lupus



  • Up to 1.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from lupus, a devastating and potentiallylife-threatening autoimmune disease?
  • 90% of those diagnosed are women between the ages of 14 and 45?
  • Lupus is 2 to 3 times more common in people of African, Hispanic, Native Americanand Asian descent?
  • Patients spend an average of 4 years and see approximately 3 physicians before thedisease is correctly diagnosed?

In honor of National Women’s Health Week and Lupus Awareness Month, this event is an opportunity for educators, providers and patients to learn from a panel of experts about the impact of lupus, the importance of early and accurate diagnosis, and lupus as a model for addressing health disparities. The Lupus Initiative will also unveil its comprehensive and easy-to-use curriculum*. The curriculum was designed to help ensure that every health care professional recognizes and understands this complex and difficult-to-diagnose illness in order to help improve health outcomes for people with lupus.



J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director of the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

S. Sam Lim, MD, MPH
Consortium Chair, The Lupus Initiative; Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Emory University School of Medicine

Arthur Weinstein, MD, FACP, FRCP, MACR
Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University; Chief Rheumatology and Associate Chairman, Department of Medicine, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Ivana Ford Neal
Lupus patient featured in The Lupus Initiative’s educational materials


WHAT: Taking Action Against Lupus Breakfast Panel and Curriculum Launch Event
WHEN: Thursday, May 16, 2013 / 8:30-10:00 AM EDT
WHERE: Hyatt Regency Washington Capitol Hill • Thornton Room – 11th Floor
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW • Washington, D.C., USA 20001
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