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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.

Spring 2019 Workshop Series

Monday, March 18, 2019
RA MEDICATIONS AND NEW ADVANCES IN TREATMENT
Speaker: Vivian P. Bykerk, BSc, MD, FRCPC

Monday, April 15, 2019
RA AND NUTRITION: UNDERSTANDING THE FACTS, DEMYSTIFYING TRENDS
Speaker: Laura Gibofsky, MS, RD, CSP, CDN, Clinical Nutritionist

Monday, May 20, 2019
MANAGING STRESS AND ANXIETY IN EARLY RA
Joan Westreich, LCSW-R, Social Work Coordinator, Early Arthritis Initiative

Monday, June 17, 2019
RA AND FOOT AND ANKLE CONCERNS
Speaker: Steve B. Behrens, MD

 

 

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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