Educational Programs


Behind the Mask Education Conferences

Every year the LFA Heartland Chapter holds two educational conferences. The Behind the Mask Conferences are educational opportunities geared towards those affected by lupus and health care professionals. These conferences revolve around new research, new treatments, coping skills, pain & disease management, and lupus diagnosis. The participants learn from a panel of experts that, although lupus is a life threatening disease, quality of life and longevity can be attainable for a person living with lupus.


Living Well with Lupus Workshop Series

Having lupus can make the demands of everyday life challenging. This free four part educational series is designed to help people living with lupus and their loved ones find the support and information they need to live well with lupus. Our series focuses on coping, care giving, pain management, and a session for the newly diagnosed. Attend the entire series or just the ones that interest you most.



Lupus: Ask the Experts is a series of live educational teleconferences and pre-recorded webcasts on a variety of topics designed to provide you with important information about living with lupus. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the world’s leading lupus experts from the comfort and privacy of your home. Participate in several or just the one that most interests you.


The Right Moves For Lupus

If you have lupus, one of the best things you can do to manage the disease is to become as physically fit as possible. Studies show that physical exercise can lower the risk of heart disease in lupus patients and is also beneficial in decreasing the risk of osteoporosis. Exercise can also be helpful in managing fatigue and pain and improving overall quality of life for people with lupus. These introductory exercise programs will help you find an exercise that works best for you.  We invite you to participate in this four-part  low impact exercise series that focuses on walking, low impact aerobics, aquatics therapy and yoga.


Youth Retreat

The Heartland Chapter’s Summer Jam Youth Retreat is the only LFA-sponsored camp in the country for young women with lupus. The retreat is free of charge for females 9 to 19 years of age with lupus or other mixed connective tissue diseases. Campers are allowed to bring one friend. There are lots of fun camp activities planned and everything is supervised by professional staff including a Licensed Professional Counselor, Physical Therapist and medical staff. Campers have the opportunity to learn new coping skills and make friends with other youth who share their health challenges.