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Image: Photo of a theatrical mask.

I am feeling fine! Just fine ...
A cherished few know the
real journey behind the mask.

– Tori W.

Image: Photo of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Undaunted –
At times it can be hard
to stand up straight, but
we are still beautiful

– Patricia Silverstein

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Stronger than you'd think –
May I be like this tree whose
will to survive is so strong that
it broke through stone to keep
growing, evolving.

 

– Elisabeth Abeson

RA Programs

Early RA Support and Education Program

The Early RA Support and Education Program has been developed specially for people recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

Participants meet for a free, four-session series which presents essential information about RA and RA treatment. Following the lectures, a discussion with others also coping with a new RA diagnosis is co-facilitated by a social worker and a rheumatology nurse. 

Pre-screening and registration are required for attendance.

When:  Meets monthly on Mondays from 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Where:  Hospital for Special Surgery, Richard L. Menschel Education Center, 2nd Floor, 535 E. 70th St., New York, NY

Contact:  Joan Westreich, LCSW, Social Work Coordinator, Early RA Support and Education Program, at 212.774.7378 or westreichj@hss.edu.

 

Spring 2018 Workshop Series

Monday, March 12, 2018
IN CONVERSATION WITH YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT RA: HOW TO SPEAK AND BE HEARD
Linda Leff, BSN, MPA, RN, NE-BC
Adena Batterman, MSW, LCSW

Monday, April 16, 2018
UNDERSTANDING LABORATORY RESULTS
Dalit Ashany, MD

Monday, May 21, 2018
MANAGING YOUR ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING (ADLS) WITH RA
John Indalecio, OTR/L, CHT, MS

Monday, JUNE 18, 2018
PHYSICAL THERAPY, EXERCISE AND MOVEMENT FOR RA
Katherine Wilson, PT, DPT

 

 

Photo of Dr. Vivian Bykerk at the lectern.

In 2016 HSS, in collaboration with the Arthritis Foundation, presented a symposium entitled “Essentials in Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): Treatments, Fatigue, Nutrition & Joint Protection.”

The symposium presentations by HSS rheumatologists, nutritionists, and occupational therapists are available for viewing here.