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Serving Our Community

HSS offers a comprehensive approach to support, empower, and enhance the quality of life for the diverse community of people that we serve. Most of these programs are available to the community, and are offered free of charge through the Department of Social Work Programs, the Patient and Public Education Department, and the Division of Rheumatology.

Lupus Programs
Support, education, empowerment, and advocacy are offered in English, Spanish, and Chinese through our national bilingual telephone peer support program, publications, and on-site group.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Programs
HSS offers free support and education programs to people with rheumatoid arthritis and their family members, whether newly diagnosed or living with the illness for years.

Myositis Support and Education Program 
Through this free program, you can learn about your illness and learn to live more fully - both from health care professionals and from others who have the same illness.

Osteoporosis Programs
These programs provide ongoing support, education, encouragement, and coping strategies to those affected by this life-altering disease.

Scleroderma Support Group
This support group brings together people living with scleroderma, including family members and friends, to create a network of support and encouragement.

VOICES Medicaid Managed Care Education Program
This program assists Ambulatory Care Center patients in accessing HSS's specialty care through helping them understand their options under Medicare managed care. The program provides information, education and advocacy to help patients obtain and maintain care whenever possible.

Programs For Children in the Community

Pediatric Outreach Program (POP)
Hospital for Special Surgery's Leon M. Root, MD Pediatric Outreach Program (POP) provides free musculoskeletal screenings to children in medically underserved communities in New York City.

SNEAKER (Super Nutrition Education for All Kids to Eat Right) provides culturally sensitive, multilingual nutrition education and information for New York City’s children and their families in need. Since 2003, Hospital for Special Surgery has conducted several SNEAKER Programs at elementary schools, community centers and not-for-profit organizations, reaching more than 2,800 New York City children and their families.

Programs For Seniors in the Community

Greenberg Academy for Successful Aging
Greenberg Academy for Successful Aging is a collaborative program between the Hospital for Special Surgery Public and Patient Education Department and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Irving Sherwood Wright Center for the Aging, primary care medical practice serving older adults. Our program develops and implements health education programs aimed at the interests and needs of people age 65 and over.

VOICES 60+ is designed to help HSS patients 60 years of age and older, with arthritis and related orthopedic conditions. The program helps patients to access services and support to improve their quality of life and enhance their medical care experience. The program can help you with emotional and family concerns, and with resources such as transportation, homecare, and government programs (including Medicare), among other services.