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OAR President Dr. Stephanie Ott Presents Advocacy Update at Annual Conference

posted: September 4, 2019

OAR members and attendees at the annual conference on August 24, 2019 who attended Dr. Ott’s Advocacy Update session heard a summary of all the activities OAR has conducted over the course of the last year. Dr. Ott emphasized why engaging in advocacy is so important, on both the state and federal levels. In particular, OAR’s Action Center was highlighted, and session attendees were urged to send messages to their legislators through the platform on various policy priorities.

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Successes from this year’s Advocacy Day with the Arthritis Foundation (AF) was also noted by Dr. Ott. In 2019, OAR had 20 providers of rheumatology representing the organization, and hopes that the turnout for next year will be even more successful. The 7th Annual OAR Joint Advocacy Day with the Arthritis Foundation (AF) will be held in the spring. OAR encouraged members at this year’s annual conference by passing out pledge cards and asking membership to commit to attending in 2020. Please contact Heather Kazmark at to learn more about the plans for next year.