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About Us

Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) is a national, patient-led organization that provides free, science-based information and education programs in both official languages to people with arthritis.

Whether it’s supporting patients to better work with their healthcare providers, public formulary or private insurer, helping people reach out to their local elected official, or powering them to maintain their work careers, ACE supports Canadians living with all forms of arthritis by helping them take control of their disease and improve their quality of life. ACE is guided by a transparent set of guiding principles, set out by an advisory board comprised of leading Canadian scientists, medical professionals and informed arthritis consumers.

Founded and led by people with arthritis, ACE’s JointHealth™ family of programs and the Arthritis Broadcast Network reaches more than 200,000 Canadians each month. Its core activities reflect the needs of its members and must meet the central principles of being “strategic, sustainable and scalable” to achieve long-term, lasting change for Canadians living with arthritis. Our current core programming includes:
  • Jointhealth.org, ArthritisBroadcastNetwork.org, GlobalRANetwork, ArthritisBCandME and Walk10Blocks.ca websites
  • Annual Arthritis Medications Report Card and Medications Guide
  • JointHealth™ insight
  • JointHealth™ express (6-8 issues/month)
  • ACE webinars
  • JointHealth™ workshops
  • Annual Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis
  • JointHealth™ Education
  • ArthritisID and ArthritisID PRO (apps)
ACE is one of Canada’s most active patient organization research partner, currently participating in numerous projects in Canada and internationally, including:
  • ICON - Walk10Blocks (CIHR) – Lead, Knowledge User Group
  • PRECISION (CIHR) – Lead, Consumer Core
  • SPOR Evidence Alliance (CIHR)
  • EQUIP-TJR – Co-Investigator
  • Citizen Science (BC Support Unit)
  • CIHR Standing Committee on Ethics
  • OPERAS (CIHR) – Collaborator
  • CIHR Project Grant (evaluation of multidisciplinary rheumatology nursing care for people with complex rheumatic diseases) – Co-Investigator
  • Making it Work (CIHR) – Key consumer informant
  • RA Narrative – Lead consumer representative on a panel comprised of 39 healthcare providers and patient group leaders from 17 countries
  • RA Matters – partnership of patient advocacy organizations from eight countries
  • Global RA Network – Lead consumer representative on a coalition of 24 RA patient-led organizations from North America, Europe and South America.
Additionally, ACE is a leader in the Canadian patient community in providing public input to government decision-making about medications and is a regular contributor to the review processes of the Common Drug Review and drug plans in Canadian provinces and territories that invite the patient perspective in their assessments. ACE is regularly called on to participate in federal and provincial health care system and policy development and implementation consultations.