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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. 

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.

Preassessment and registration are required for attendance.

Fall 2019 Workshop Series

Monday, September 16, 2019
REAL WORLD STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING RA:
GROUP MEMBERS’ TIPS & TOOLS
Discussion: Early RA Support and Education Group Members

Monday, October 21, 2019
RA AND CO-OCCURRING CONDITIONS
Speaker: Vivian P. Bykerk, BSc, MD, FRCPC
Director, Inflammatory Arthritis Center of Excellence, HSS

Monday, November 18, 2019
REDUCING YOUR RISK OF INFECTIONS IN RA
Speaker: Barry D. Brause, MD
Director of Infectious Diseases, HSS

Monday, December 16, 2019
ORAL HEALTH CONCERNS IN PEOPLE WITH RA
Speaker: Arthi M. Kumar, DDS
Instructor, New York University College of Dentistry

 

 

 

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.

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