WASHINGTON, May 23, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- This year's initiative of the Lupus Education Awareness Program (LEAP)
LEAP is highlighting the following activities in observance of May being Lupus Awareness Month to bring lupus chronic pain management to the forefront:
Lupus is a lifelong disorder of the immune system. It is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. It can be fatal. The mystery of lupus is that it has the look of a multitude of other diseases. There is no one test to diagnose the condition; it takes a combination of symptoms, tests, and physical exams to reveal lupus.
"It is our dream that through increased awareness of lupus by doctors, nurses, health professionals and the minority populations, we will eventually reduce the diagnosis timeframe from 4-to-6 years," says LEAP Director Steven Owens, MD, MPH, MA.
In addition to LEAP's national lupus activities, four non-profit organizations and health agencies have partnered with LEAP to provide lupus health education directly to local clinicians, health educators and the communities in Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois and Louisiana. These agencies are the Lupus Foundation of Arkansas; the Lupus Foundation of America Indiana Chapter; Illinois Department of Public Health Center for Minority Health Services; and Crescent City WIC Services Inc. With support from LEAP, these agencies have hosted lupus awareness workshops and webinars, monthly lupus support sessions and created lupus awareness videos featuring lupus patients.
The LEAP Program is administered by the National Association of State Offices of Minority Health and is funded through the National Lupus Outreach and Clinical Trials Education Program of the Office of Minority Health, US Department of Health and Human Services. For more info about the program contact, LEAP Project Manager Thometta Cozart, MS, MPH, CPH, CHES, at leaplupus(at)gmail(dot)com.
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