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Charis Hill, AS Advocate
Charis Hill is an advocate for the spondyloarthritis community. Charis has been instrumental in creating spondyloarthritis disease treatment guidelines; designing and conducting patient-centered rheumatological research; forming international criteria for disease treatment outcomes; and is consistently involved in nationwide/worldwide advocacy, awareness, and legislative campaigns to improve spondylitis education, funding, and access to treatment.

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As someone who has lived with AS for over half my life, diagnosed over a decade after my symptoms began; advocating for legislation to shorten diagnostic delays, improve access to treatment, and increase funding for research and drug development is close to my heart. When opportunities to advocate on behalf of the spondyloarthritis community come up, I am honored to speak out about the issues that affect the community.

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