Today is International Women’s Day! We want to thank the women who we think have contributed greatly to the arthritis community. Who is your favourite woman?
Cheryl Koehn – President, Arthritis Consumer Experts
Cheryl Koehn is the woman behind Arthritis Broadcast Network. She is a national arthritis advocate, a community leader and a published author. In November 2000, Cheryl founded Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) and its JointHealth™ family of programs.
As a 23-year survivor of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Cheryl brings the arthritis consumer’s perspective to ACE, and to decision-making processes at government, research institutions, not-for-profit and for-profit organizations across Canada and internationally. With her dedication, Cheryl developed the JointHealth™ Report Card and Medications Guide – an important tool and reference guide for industry partners, government officials, and people living with arthritis. Along with co-authors Dr. John Esdaile and Taysha Palmer, Cheryl Koehn authored Rheumatoid Arthritis: PLAN TO WIN, published by Oxford University Press and in bookstores in January 2002.
Cheryl’s recent activities include presenting at the Canadian Rheumatology Association 69th Annual Scientific Meeting & Arthritis Health Professions Association Meeting (CRA Meeting), meeting with government leaders, and providing support for research activities at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada.
Dr. Linda Li - Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia and Senior Research Scientist at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada
Linda specializes in physical therapy and knowledge translation. Her most recent research project at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada is “Arthritis Care in the Digital Age”. The study aims to understand how online physical activity monitoring tools may be used to support Canadians with arthritis in managing their disease.
Linda plays a crucial role in recognizing that being physically active can reduce pain, improve mobility and enhance quality of life. People with arthritis should not remain sedentary. She wants to make sure that people with arthritis have access to health professionals to learn how to stay active safely.
Cathy Hofstetter – Person living with rheumatoid arthritis
Cathy Hofstetter recently presented the patient’s perspective at a satellite symposium at the CRA Meeting. She captivated the audience with her biographical speech about living with rheumatoid arthritis and how the disease has impacted her life. Her speech touched the hearts of those who lives with arthritis by highlighting the moments leading to diagnosis, seeking medical help, managing the disease and disease-related side effects (both direct and indirect), adjusting her lifestyle to her RA and living better with her RA. Her speech encourages those who live with arthritis to speak out.