From CARE to CURE
IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE
The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) is the oldest and largest national nonprofit voluntary health organization focused on improving the quality of life for people with lupus. Our unique dual mission serves the ongoing needs of people affected by lupus today while leading efforts to find a cure; from care to cure!
Only through comprehensive targeted medical research effort will we be able to find the cure for this complex and unpredictable disease. Accelerating medical research on lupus and engaging all relevant public and private sources of support in this effort are our highest priorities. Bringing Down the Barriers™ advance lupus research in three ways:
- Leads special research initiatives and forges collaborative efforts among stakeholders to address critical issues in the field of lupus.
- Funds researchers at leading medical institutions nationwide to address gaps in understanding the causes, progression, and consequences of lupus.
- Advocates for expanded investment in research from public and private sources at the state and federal levels.
The Wisconsin Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America is proud of our support of local research efforts. Local research grants are awarded on an annual basis and the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine & Public Health have been two of our recipients.
EDUCATION & SUPPORT
As the authoritative voice for lupus, we collaborate with international lupus experts to translate the latest research findings into medically sound educational materials, programs, and tools for people with lupus and health care providers.
- Offer support groups. Please visit the Support Group listing for updated scheduling.
- Provide referrals to those who need community services. We have a comprehensive list of community services in Wisconsin available by calling 414-443-6400 for detailed information.
- Provide access to medical experts through various online and local programs, and events. We also have many speakers throughout the year at various support group meetings. Check details under the Support Group listing.
- Hold patient education symposia on understanding, treating, and living with lupus. The LFA, Wisconsin Chapter sponsors an annual Lupus Medical Symposium which takes place each May at Froedtert Hospital.
- Connect continuing medical education (CME) programs for health care professionals. The Lupus Foundation of America Lectureship takes place at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the UW-Madison School of Medicine & Public Health in May. This exciting new educational program is aimed at medical students, physicians and hospital workers. The LFA, Wisconsin Chapter is proud to provide these lupus experts with the most current information available.
- Provide information, resources, and assistance through our Health Educator Network to those living with lupus and their families.
ADVOCACY & AWARENESS
From statehouses to Capitol Hill, advocates across the nation help the LFA elevate lupus on the nation's health care agenda in order to:
- Develop policies that support the needs fo people with lupus.
- Stimulate and secure additional funds for research, education, and support services.
The LFA is aggressively conducting outreach efforts to increase public understanding of lupus and build support for people affected by the disease through:
- National and International awareness campaigns
- Proactive media outreach
- Innovative online content and social networking
The impact of lupus extends beyond those with the disease to include family members, co-workers, friends and others who face physical, emotional, social, and economic burdens associated with the disease. The LFA network conducts outreach into local communities to bring education and support programs to people with lupus, their families, and health care professionals, and engage these individuals in our important advocacy and lupus research efforts. LFA affiliates must meet rigid standards and performance criteria to offer programs and services. The network is comprised of:
- State and local chapters
- National and regional field offices
- Local support groups
- Community representatives