How to Start an SAA-Sponsored Spondylitis Educational Support Group in Your Area

We know that an active role in managing spondylitis, backed by a sound knowledge base, will positively influence disease outcomes. The knowledgeable volunteers who lead SAA-Sponsored Spondylitis Educational Support Groups play a vital role by providing a forum for those with spondylitis to connect and offer support, as well as making available resources to help in taking charge of spondylitis.

SAA-Sponsored Spondylitis Educational Support Groups provide:

  • Current information and education on managing spondylitis;
  • Speakers who are knowledgeable about spondylitis and related diseases;
  • Physician vetted literature and materials about these diseases;
  • Confidential, non-judgmental interaction with others who know how it feels to have spondylitis;
  • Understanding and assurance that people with spondylitis are not alone, and;
  • Resources to assist with education and management of the disease, including the Spondylitis Association of America.

Starting a spondylitis support group can be a fulfilling and rewarding challenge. As the facilitator or leader of the new group, you will be involved in coordinating support group meetings. The role requires you to make arrangements for meeting dates and locations, plan agendas, line up occasional guest speakers, and respond to patient telephone calls and emails.

Are you interested in starting a new SAA-Sponsored Spondylitis Educational Support Group in your area? SAA’s Programs Coordinator, Rachel Zaimont, will be happy to provide more information and review the informal application process. Please email Rachel at or reach her at (818) 892-1616, Ext. 225.

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