Community Health Worker Resource Hub
The Lupus Foundation of America’s (LFA) Community Health Worker (CHW) hub was created to increase awareness of lupus and knowledge of resources available.
The CHW hub features on-demand learning modules to increase CHW’s knowledge about lupus including the signs and symptoms, treatments, resources and support available to those living with lupus.
As a frontline public health professional with shared life experience, trust, compassion, cultural and value alignment with the communities where you live and serve, we hope that you will find value in this training content and will use it to educate and support those that you serve.
We appreciate you taking the time to complete the on-demand training modules in order to learn more. Together we can work towards the goal of reducing the time to diagnosis as well as improving the overall quality of life of those living with lupus.
- Lupus is an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease
- It is difficult to diagnose, hard to live with, and a challenge to treat
- Lupus has a range of symptoms, and strikes without warning
- Learn the basics of understanding lupus by completing this module, including:
- What is lupus?
- Who gets lupus?
- What causes lupus?
- What are the types of lupus?
- There are many challenges to reaching a lupus diagnosis
- Lupus is known as “the great imitator” because symptoms can mimic many other illnesses
- And to complicate diagnosis, there’s no single test that can give doctors a “yes” or “no” answer
- In module 2, you’ll learn the answers to the following questions:
- This module will answer the following:
- Why is lupus difficult to diagnose?
- How long does it take to get a lupus diagnosis?
- How is lupus diagnosed?
- What type of tests are used in the diagnosis process?
- Treating lupus can be just as difficult as getting a diagnosis
- Treatments depend on things like age, lifestyle and other health conditions
- Sometimes it can take months or even years to find the right combination of treatment options
- The right treatment is key in helping to keep lupus symptoms under control
- In this module, you’ll learn:
- What type of doctor treats lupus?
- What are the goals of treatment?
- What types of medication are commonly prescribed for lupus?
- How many medications were developed specifically for lupus?
Share Resources In Your Community
National Resource Center on Lupus
As a trusted resource, CHWs often receive requests from members of their community and even partners for health information. The LFA’s National Resource Center on Lupus is a living library of curated content such as toolkits, guides, fact sheets and additional resources are available to complement your education and support of members of your community.
Visit the National Resource Center on Lupus to find more.
- Be Fierce. Take Control. Awareness Campaign
- What is Lupus? (English | Español)
- What is Lupus Video (English | Español)
- Common Symptoms (English | Español)
- Could it be Lupus Questionnaire (English | Español)
- How is Lupus Diagnosed (English | Español)
- Lupus Symptom Tracker
- Guide for Talking to Your Doctor
Self-management Resources and Tools
- Strategies for Managing Pain (English | Español)
- Strategies for Managing Fatigue (English | Español)
- Understanding Your Medications
- Medication Used to Treat Lupus
- Getting the Most from Your Medical Appointments
- Take Charge: a self-help email series in English
- Tome Control: a self-help email series in Spanish
- SELF Program
Health Education Specialists
Our health education specialists are specially trained to provide people affected by lupus with free non-medical support, disease education, information and helpful resources. You have lupus, but you are not alone. Ask a Health Education Specialist
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