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Enterprising Women: Working with Rheumatoid Arthritis Luncheon and Panel Discussion, Sept. 24

Thursday, September 5, 2013   (0 Comments)
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A Panel Discussion on Policies & Issues affecting Women's Health in the Workplace

Media Contact: Kate Kahn 617 513 8849,

Or Valerie Jones 602 212 9909,

Event Contact: Allie Avishai 602 212 9905,

September 24, 2013 (Phoenix, AZ) - More than 50 million adults in the United States suffer from some form of arthritis, including 1.2 million in Arizona.[1] 65% of those with arthritis are under the age of 65 and women outnumber men diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 2.5 to 1. The impact of arthritis on work and social life, family relationships, physical activity level, and almost every other aspect of daily life can be devastating.

Women make up nearly 50% of the work force –they are thought leaders, employers and employees. Arthritis is the nation's most common cause of disability, limiting the activities of 50 million Americans and causing 1 of 3 working-age adults (aged 18–65 years) to report work limitations.[2] Close to one out of every three employees with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) leaves the workforce.[3] Many lose their jobs, retire early, or reduce their hours. It can also be difficult for employers trying to balance business goals and provide adequate medical coverage for employees.

Join Rep. Heather Carter, for the "Enterprising Women: Working with Rheumatoid Arthritis” luncheon & panel discussion on September 24, 2013 from 11:30AM – 1:00PM as part of the national Women's Rheumatoid Arthritis Project 2013 (WRAP 2013). WRAP 2013 is a Rheumatoid Arthritis awareness project for working women, and employers, sponsored by Business & Professional Women's Foundation and Women Impacting Public Policy in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation. This roundtable discussion will establish a dialogue focusing on the critical issue of women's health in the workplace.

WHAT: Enterprising Women: Working with RA luncheon & panel discussion. Policy and practical implications women's health and chronic disease have on the workplace, innovative initiatives on the part of businesses, medical advances and more.

· Keynote Speaker: State Representative Heather Carter---Vice Chairman, Health and Human Services Committee.
· Moderator---Ann Sullivan, President, Madison Services Group
· Jessica Edgar, MSN, CPNP -- Patient & Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Children's Rehabilitative Services
· Melissa Lenberg---Patient & Small Business Owner, Citrine Natural Beauty Bar
· Sheetal Chhaya, DO—Chief – Division of Rheumatology, Maricopa Medical Center

WHERE: The Ritz Carlton—Phoenix, 2401 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix.

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept 24, 11:30am-1pm

About the Arthritis Foundation: The Arthritis Foundation is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of arthritis on the 50 million Americans affected (including 300,000 children), a disease which must be taken as seriously as other chronic diseases because of its devastating consequences. We are leading the way to conquer the nation's leading cause of disability through increased education, outreach, research, advocacy and other vital programs and services. Our goal is to reduce by 20 percent the number of people suffering from arthritis-related physical activity limitations by 2030.

About Business & Professional Women's Foundation (BPW): With a legacy dating back to 1919, BPW Foundation was the first foundation dedicated to conducting research and providing information on working women. The mission of BPW Foundation is to promote systematic change in the workplace by strengthening the capacity of organizations and businesses to create environments that are inclusive and value the skills and contributions of working women, empowering them to achieve their full potential.

About Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP): WIPP is a national nonpartisan public policy organization, advocating on behalf of over 1 million women-owned businesses representing 68 business organizations. WIPP provides timely economic policy information, identifies important trends and opportunities to its membership, and provides a collaborative model for the public and private sectors to increase the economic power of women-owned businesses.

[1] *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-CDC, December 2007 issue Arthritis Care & Research



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