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About Consumer Experts Arthritis

Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) and its team members acknowledge that they gather and work on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples - xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Arthritis Consumer Experts is a national, patient-led organization that provides free, science-based information and education programs in both official languages to people with arthritis.

Whether it’s supporting patients to better work with their healthcare providers, public formulary or private insurer, helping people reach out to their local elected official, or powering them to maintain their work careers, ACE supports Canadians living with all forms of arthritis by helping them take control of their disease and improve their quality of life. ACE is guided by a transparent set of guiding principles, set out by an advisory board comprised of leading Canadian scientists, medical professionals and informed arthritis consumers.

Founded and led by people with arthritis, ACE’s JointHealth™ family of programs and the Arthritis Broadcast Network reaches more than 400,000 Canadians each month. Its core activities reflect the needs of its members and must meet the central principles of being “strategic, sustainable and scalable” to achieve long-term, lasting change for Canadians living with arthritis. 

ACE is one of Canada’s most active patient organization research partner, currently participating in numerous projects in Canada and internationally, including:

  • PRECISION (CIHR) – Lead, Consumer Core
  • SPOR Evidence Alliance (CIHR)
  • EQUIP-TJR – Co-Investigator
  • Citizen Science (BC Support Unit)
  • CIHR Standing Committee on Ethics
  • OPERAS (CIHR) – Collaborator
  • CIHR Project Grant (evaluation of multidisciplinary rheumatology nursing care for people with complex rheumatic diseases) – Co-Investigator
  • Making it Work (CIHR) – Key consumer informant
  • RA Narrative – Lead consumer representative on a panel comprised of 39 healthcare providers and patient group leaders from 17 countries
  • RA Matters – partnership of patient advocacy organizations from eight countries
  • Global RA Network – Lead consumer representative on a coalition of 24 RA patient-led organizations from North America, Europe and South America.

Additionally, ACE is a leader in the Canadian patient community in providing public input to government decision-making about medications and is a regular contributor to the review processes of the Common Drug Review and drug plans in Canadian provinces and territories that invite the patient perspective in their assessments. ACE is regularly called on to participate in federal and provincial health care system and policy development and implementation consultations.

Get to Know ABN

Led by Arthritis Consumer Experts and Arthritis Research Canada, the Arthritis Broadcast Network (ABN) is a multi-media platform for the arthritis community to share news, information and stories about living well with arthritis. The ABN is a key element of the National Arthritis Awareness Program. A proven, effective, popular and influential source of arthritis patient information and education, Arthritis Broadcast Network has the most videos and views on a Canadian YouTube arthritis channel.

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Get to Know ABN

Led by Arthritis Consumer Experts and Arthritis Research Canada, the Arthritis Broadcast Network (ABN) is a multi- media platform for the arthritis community to share news, information and stories about living well with arthritis. The ABN is a key element of the National Arthritis Awareness Program.

Become an ABN Insider and Volunteer

Sign up for the ABN updates for the latest on the network, exclusive feature stories and more!