PRESS RELEASE: NATIONAL LUPUS HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAM

A project funded by a DHHS Office of Minority Health grant, which is a partnership between Northwestern University, the Illinois Public Health Association and Harvard University, will increase lupus awareness in African-American communities and engage health providers in improving their capacity to diagnose and treat African-Americans with lupus.

The partnership, led by Dr. Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, and co-led by Dr. Patricia Canessa, IPHA Director of Health Equity, will work with several community-based collaborators including the Lupus Society of Illinois, academic advisors from University of Chicago and a myriad of volunteer patients, caregivers, and community residents who will take on several roles in the project.

While the community education component will benefit from prior pilot experiences with adaptation of a Social Network model in minority communities, professionals will also be trained utilizing a Motivational Interviewing framework.

By the end of the project we expect to educate a significant segment of African-American participant communities in Chicago and Boston changing norms of delayed care, optimizing treatment outcomes, and subsequently improving the quality of life of individuals with lupus.

For further information please contact Karen Mancera-Cuevas, MS, MPH, CHES Research Project Manager at Northwestern University, Division of Rheumatology, at (312) 503-0251 k-mancera-cuevas@northwestern.edu

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