About OAR Mission The Ohio Association of Rheumatology: Advocates and protects patient access to all appropriate treatments for rheumatic diseases Nurtures the interest and development of students and practitioners in the field of rheumatology Allies with other organizations involved in the advocacy and care of rheumatology patients Enhances the quality of rheumatology services for all patients Supports rheumatology practices regarding regulatory, financial and other matters that affect providers' ability to practice and be of service to patients with rheumatologic conditions Overview From its inception in 2003, OAR has been a non-profit, 501C3 organization composed of rheumatologists, advanced practitioners and trainees dedicated to the advancement of quality arthritis and musculoskeletal health care for all persons in the State of Ohio. What We Do... Author position papers on topics of concern to help lawmakers understand what we do as specialists in our rheumatology practices. Correspond with local, state, and national elected officials and serve as an advocate of patient rights and promote quality of life issues affecting patients with rheumatic diseases. Provide newsletters to all rheumatologists in the State of Ohio to update and educate members on advocacy efforts. This may include call to action emails to help rheumatologists in Ohio be proactive regarding potential issues that could impact their practice or patients. Provide opportunities for rheumatologists to attend quality in-state educational events including OAR’s annual meeting in August. This symposium educates doctors on specific challenges to patient access to care as well as scientific and clinical lectures. Provide the opportunity for providers and patients to come together for the purpose of advocacy at the Ohio Statehouse to interact with and educate Ohio legislators regarding issues or legislation that impacts the access to care for all Ohio rheumatology patients and providers. Encourage greater public understanding and awareness of the impact of rheumatic diseases on society and the importance of the subspecialty of rheumatology in altering disease outcomes. Now is the time for rheumatologists to be leaders and advocate our abilities in the care of rheumatology patients. We are in a position to best determine the standard of care for rheumatology in the State of Ohio and have a voice for our patients. Together, we can shape the future of rheumatology.