Fall 2020 (Volume 30, Number 3)
Getting Action, Raising Voices
By Trish Barbato, President and CEO, Arthritis Society
As Canada continues to confront COVID-19, the
Arthritis Society has been working hard to draw attention
to the serious health challenge that is emerging
– the alarming backlog of joint replacement surgeries.
More than 5,000 Canadians have so far joined our call,
asking their elected representatives to make this a priority.
We also began efforts this summer to convene a Pan-Canadian Working Group to recommend practical strategies
for how we can swiftly increase surgeries and implement
new and innovative models of care and prevention.
CRA members can expect to hear more about this effort in
the coming months.
Governments in Canada reacted with admirable
speed and purpose to the economic fallout caused by the
COVID-19 pandemic. We know it is now time to bring that
same sense of urgency to this growing crisis in arthritis care.
Arthritis Awareness Month in September is providing
us with an additional platform to raise awareness of these
issues. Throughout the month, the Arthritis Society has
been inviting Canadians from coast to coast to join us in
raising one million voices and $1 million for the six million
Canadians with arthritis. Look for news about our
#1for6million campaign and please join in. Visit arthritis.ca
to learn more.