Arthritis Consumer Experts launches new website



    jointhealth.org a trusted source of evidence-based arthritis information
    and education

    VANCOUVER, June 18 /CNW/ - Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) today
announced the launch of their new website JointHealth(TM) at
www.jointhealth.org. The new site provides the best evidence-based arthritis
information and education for people living with the disease, their family
members, employers and health policy makers.
    "The new site is a response to people in our community who told us that
the information ACE was providing through our JointHealth(TM) programs was an
enormous help in their battle with arthritis," said Cheryl Koehn, president of
ACE and a person living with rheumatoid arthritis.
    "A diagnosis of one of the more than 100 different types of arthritis can
be devastating and isolating," Koehn continued. "We believe that people with
arthritis deserve to have access to the most up-to-date research information
available, in consumer-friendly language. We also believe that people living
with all forms of arthritis need to know about the issues in the health care
system that are preventing them from receiving the best treatments and care
possible. "
    The JointHealth(TM) web site provides community members, subscribers and
visitors with an "action centre" designed to help people with arthritis speak
out about the discrimination they face each and every day as patients in the
Canadian health care system.
    Since 2000, ACE has provided subscribers and health policy makers with
evidence-based information through a number of JointHealth(TM) programs,
including JointHealth(TM) monthly, the only Canada-wide monthly newsletter
published in print and online with a print circulation of more than 20,000.
Other JointHealth(TM) programs include JointHealth(TM) podcasts, the first
arthritis education podcast program in Canada, and the breaking news email
alerts known as JointHealth(TM) express.

    About ACE

    Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) is a national organization that provides
research-based information and education to people with arthritis. The
organization helps to empower people living with all forms of arthritis to
take control of their disease and to take action in health care and research
decision making. ACE is led by people with arthritis and its activities are
guided by a strict set of guiding principles, and by an advisory board
comprised of leading scientists, medical professionals and informed arthritis
activists.





For further information:

For further information: Quincey Kirschner, (778) 847-9793,
kirschner@jointhealth.org

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