ARHP Announcements

ARHP Annual Scientific Meetings

November 10–15, 2006, Washington, DC

November 6–11, 2007, Boston, MA

ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting and Pre-Conference Course Registration

Registration materials are available for the 2006 ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting to be held November 10–15 in Washington, DC. The ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting, held in conjunction with the American College of Rheumatology's Annual Scientific Meeting is planned to reflect the needs and interests of health professionals working with arthritis and rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. It provides a forum to address issues of professional significance with a multidisciplinary audience.

The ARHP is offering a pre-conference Clinical Focus Course: Breaking the Patient Puzzle into Pieces: Organ System Involvement in Rheumatic Diseases, on Saturday, November 11 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Members and nonmembers may review ACR and ARHP programming, register for the meeting, and make hotel reservations online at

Member-Get-A-Member Campaign 2006

Help us tell others about the benefits of membership in ARHP by participating in the 2006 membership drive, and you can earn chances to win free registration to the 41st Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC. For each new member you recruit, your name will be added to the drawing; the more new members, the more chances for you to win!

The winning members will be selected in early September. To participate, print out a membership application from the ARHP Web site, or call 404-633-3777 and request an application. Be sure that your name and signature appear as the sponsoring ARHP or ACR member. For additional information contact Julie Anderson, Program Services Specialist (

Be an Advocate for Arthritis

For the first time in 30 years arthritis legislation has been introduced into Congress! ARHP and ACR members have been active advocates for The Arthritis Prevention Control and Cure Act (S. 424 / H.R. 583) and the act has been well received with nearly half the legislators in the Senate and House signing on as cosponsors. The 109th Congress will adjourn this fall and time is critical. The Arthritis Act must be acted upon before adjournment, or this legislation will have to be reintroduced in the 110th Congress in 2007, and the process starts all over again.

The ARHP Advocacy Subcommittee is asking ARHP members to contact their representatives and ask them to cosponsor the Arthritis Act. Visit the ARHP home page at for detailed information on how you can contact your state representatives.

Attend the CARE IV Conference in Leeds, UK

The CARE Conference was originally inspired by an informal network of nonpharmacologic/nonsurgical researchers in rheumatology in Europe and North America. CARE IV will be held September 6–8, 2006. The 3 domains of the conference will be implementation of nonpharmacologic research and models of care, knowledge transfer (the education of health professionals), and quality of life (measuring outcomes in a client-centered way). Anyone who is undertaking nonpharmacologic research in rheumatology in any of the 3 domains is encouraged to submit an abstract by May 26, 2006. The first author of accepted abstracts will receive complimentary attendance at the conference, including accommodations, and economy class flights to the UK. All accepted abstracts will be verbal presentations and attendees will be expected to take part in round table discussions and participate in the entire conference. For additional information, visit the Web site at