Lupus Awareness

The Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition is excited to partner with the American College of Rheumatology on a project to increase awareness in central Oregon around lupus.

A pre-awareness campaign survey is being conducted online now through March 17, 2017.   People are asked to complete the short survey to see how much awareness of Lupus there is.

Paper surveys are also available at locations listed at:   In Warm Springs you can get a paper survey at IHS, Community Counseling, Warm Springs Market, the Community Center and at ECE.

Lupus is a serious autoimmune disease (where the body attacks its own healthy cells and tissues) that affects women of color more than any other demographic group.  It can affect the heart, lungs, kidneys, skin and nervous system.  It is a chronic illness with periods of no symptoms and periods where symptoms flare up.  Talk to your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms: swollen or painful joints, rash from being in the sun, pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress, more tired than usual, mouth sores, butterfly-shaped rash across the nose and cheeks, or a history of kidney disease.

The Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition is a nonprofit regional health equity coalition based out of Madras, Oregon that promotes cultural awareness, equity and inclusion by empowering youth and adults in the communities of Jefferson County and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.