May is Spondyloarthritis (SpA) Awareness Month
Why the Change?
This year, the Spondylitis Association of America (SAA) and its international partners will be celebrating SpA Awareness Month in May. Traditionally, April was designated as Spondyloarthritis (SpA) Awareness Month and was first championed in 2009 by Michael Smith, an SAA lifetime member, tireless patient advocate, and creator of the beloved Spondyville website. Michael was hugely instrumental in spondylitis having its own month.
We believe that this change is important for several reasons. First, World AS Day occurs on the first Saturday of each May except if the Saturday is May 1st. This change will help strengthen the connections between the awareness day and the awareness month. Second, as a member of a global consortium of non-profit organizations serving communities impacted by spondyloarthritis, our international constituents focus their efforts on campaigns and initiatives around World AS Day and the month of May. By aligning our efforts with the rest of these international organizations, we will be better able to raise awareness of the disease that continues to be misunderstood and not well known.
When we first approached conversations about the change, we sought the input of Michael Smith’s sister and others within our community. The consensus was that the change was necessary and an important opportunity to align our efforts.
Although we are changing the month that we celebrate as SpA Awareness Month, we remain committed to using our resources to educate the general public and medical community on the symptoms of spondyloarthritis to reduce delays in proper diagnosis; advocate for funding to support medical research to find a cure; and support programs to assist people who are impacted by the disease to live their lives to the fullest.
Thank you in advance for your support!
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SAA is very excited to announce our first-ever Global Spondyloarthritis Summit! Join us online on Friday, May 3rd through Sunday, May 5th 2019.
Learn more and register
This free online event brings together some of the most respected medical professionals, including renowned rheumatologists, a physical therapist, pain management specialist, and others to discuss the latest treatment options and research in spondyloarthritis.
Voter Voice App
Contacting your elected officials and daily newspapers is simple with SAA’s new app. Download the free VoterVoice app by fiscalnote for smart phones and tablets on Apple iTunes and Google Play. In the menu under “Find Organization” choose “Spondylitis Association of America.” It’s a fast and simple way to receive alerts about events happening during SpA Awareness Month and other advocacy initiatives happening all year long.
World AS Day Materials
Social Media Covers
Please download these Facebook and Twitter covers and use them on your social accounts on May 4th, 2019.
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