Rheumatology in the department of pediatrics

Community

The Division of Pediatric Rheumatology at Stanford is committed to helping our community better understand childhood well-being and the difficulties that families and children with rheumatic diseases and chronic illnesses must face. Unfortunately, many children with diseases like juvenile arthritis are often diagnosed too late or not treated appropriately because caregivers do not know that these disorders can occur in childhood. To help educate the community, the Stanford division of pediatric rheumatology works closely with groups like the Arthritis Foundation, Northern California Chapter and the Lupus Foundation of Northern California to provide information in community health fairs and other educational venues for patients and their families.

Along with the pediatric rheumatology division at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and the Arthritis Foundation, we organize a Juvenile Arthritis Education Day each spring to provide education on childhood rheumatic diseases as well as to host a community forum for our patients and their families. Every summer, the faculty and staff of the Pediatric Rheumatology Division at Stanford participate in the summer camp, Camp Milagros, for children and pre-teens with arthritis and other related rheumatic diseases.  Every fall, the faculty and staff also participate in the Juvenile Arthritis Teen Retreat held in San Francisco. 

In order to provide the San Francisco Bay Area with the most comprehensive and advanced care for children and adolescents with arthritis and related disorders, the Juvenile Arthritis Center for Excellence was established in 2000 teaming the Divisions of Pediatric Rheumatology at Stanford and UCSF together.  This program, generously funded by the Lucile Packard Foundation and the Arthritis Foundation, ensures that appropriate and timely care is provided for these pediatric patients and that research continues to help find a cure for these chronic diseases.

To learn more about our community programs, or if you would like to help us continue the work that we currently do, please review the links below:

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