Mission & Goals


We envision a world where no one suffers from rheumatoid disease.


RPF is dedicated to improving the lives of people with Rheumatoid disease.

Core values

Every day, these guiding principles serve as a compass for our board and staff.


We work towards excellence in fulfilling our mission to improve the lives of people with rheumatoid disease.

Teamwork with patients

We recognize patients as essential partners in efforts of scientific discovery, disease education, and awareness.


We are passionate in our dedication to see a world where no on suffers from rheumatoid disease.


To contribute to and promote scientific discovery that leads to a cure.


We are leaders in the fight against rheumatoid disease. Through hard work and creativity, we provide accurate information about the disease, promote support and quality care for patients, stimulate increased scientific discovery, and advocate for favorable policies.


We are honest and straightforward, treating all with dignity and respect. We act responsibly with resources entrusted to us.


Our long-term goals support our mission and guide our board in developing our strategic plan.


To create greater public awareness of the nature of rheumatoid disease.


To develop resources to support patients in effective healthcare decisions and in advocating for themselves and others.


To advocate for quality healthcare, appropriate disability accommodations, applicability of scientific research, accurate media coverage, and fair governmental policies.


We provide educational resources about RA.

We offer opportunities for patients and others to increase RA awareness.

We participate in patient-centered research on RA.

We communicate the RA patient viewpoint through varied media.

We organize collaborations with government and industry to benefit RA patients.


Intensify awareness of RA as a systemic disease. Change ICD label to Rheumatoid Disease.

Increase efforts to discover causes of RA.

Improve health care for RA patients. Incorporate extra-articular disease treatment.

Include patient-centered outcome measures in research and clinical settings.


The Rheumatoid Patient Foundation was formed early in 2011 with advice and input of numerous leaders in the RA community. RPF was created in response to an outpouring of requests from Rheumatoid patients. The founding Board of Directors was a group of people living with Rheumatoid disease (either RA or JRA).

Meet our Board

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RPF History

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