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.
Breastfeeding, for a prolonged period of time of at least 36 months, may half a women’s chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Researchers at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. found that among Chinese women, breastfeeding cuts the risk of RA by 50 percent. Continue reading
On September 19, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) encouraged community members with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to participate in a physical activity study with the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC). To show support for our community, Cheryl Koehn, President and Founder of ACE was amongst the first to sign up!
As one of the study participants, Cheryl has been asked to test two different activity trackers over a 4-week period. The first tracker is called the FitBitTM Flex, a wrist-worn activity monitor that measures an individual’s physical activity. The tracker allows users to create personalized fitness goals and integrate their goals with social media such as Facebook, Twitter and email. Continue reading
Today’s focus on The League of Extraordinary People for Arthritis is Dr. Jane Aubin, Chief Scientific Officer at the Canadian Instituted of Health Research (CIHR). Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix was graced with Dr. Aubin’s presence at the launch of their new arthritis awareness initiative program last week. As a partner of this initiative, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) met up with Dr. Aubin after the launch for a short interview. We would like to thank Dr. Aubin for her time and support for the arthritis community. Please find below our interview with Dr. Aubin.
ACE: You have been with CIHR for over two years now, what are your main responsibilities as Chief Scientific Officer?
Dr. Aubin: I oversee all scientific affairs at CIHR and provide CIHR with expert advice on matters relevant to science and technology, potential opportunities and emerging orientations and trends in the national and international health research community.
ACE: As Vice President of Research, what are you responsible for? Continue reading
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After a chance encounter that enriched her health knowledge, Fran came to the conclusion that “sometimes it pays to talk to strangers.”
The countless conversations that I have initiated with captive seatmates on airplanes or trains (or at a doctor’s office) have revealed fascinating details about other people’s lives and offer common ground for conversation. Women are better than men at finding subjects of mutual interest; my husband is continually amazed how I can meet another woman and glean more information about her life in five minutes than most men learn about each other in five years. Continue reading
The last person living with arthritis featured on Glow Magazine’s “Shes Too Young” is our own blogger Nathalie Courtois. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Nathalie, she is one of our most prolific bloggers for the French side of Arthritis Broadcast Network. Her blog series is titled, “Ma vie avec Spondylarthrite Ankylosante”. If you’re able to read French, click here to read her posts. If not, she was featured in the May 2012 issue JointHealth™ monthly about ankylosing spondylitis (AS).
With the goal of helping women get their lives back, Shoppers Drug Mart has partnered with Arthritis Consumer Experts and the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, two of Canada’s leading arthritis experts, to provide information on how to live well with arthritis. In honour of the new partnership, Alison Garwood-Jones of Glow Magazine have interviewed three women living with arthritis. To learn more about the Shoppers Drug Mart WOMEN arthritis program, please click here. Please find below an excerpt, the last of three, of Glow’s interview with Nathalie Courtois.
Excerpt from Glow Magazine: Interview with Nathalie Courtois Continue reading