IFAA became an official nonprofit in 2011, but it originated as an awareness movement stemming from a charity bracelet designed with the same beading pattern. This pattern symbolized all people (3 silver, 3 black) working together to create strength (large red) and uniting as a community for change (single, darker silver). We adopted this for our foundation logo and changed it to a molecular structure, honoring how it all began.
Headquarters. IFAA's CEO works through 'virtual officing', which includes membership to various co-working spaces and use of donated workspaces through local companies.
Grouping these diseases together will impact awareness, education, and research, as well as help expedite early detection, referrals, diagnosis, and access to treatments. As a result, we can build a global understanding of these diseases, which will lead to better outcomes for those affected by these diseases.
Like other nonprofits, we do overall work in awareness, education, and advocacy, and participate in numerous Coalitions. Our research efforts are entirely focused on involving the patient voice in the process and planning.
IFAA WORKS TO ELIMINATE THE ADVERSITY ASSOCIATED WITH THOSE AUTOIMMUNE AND AUTOINFLAMMATORY DISEASES WITH ARTHRITIS AS A MAJOR COMPONENT. WE DO THIS BY USING OUR ROLES AS PATIENTS TO IDENTIFY THE PROBLEMS, AND OUR BACKGROUNDS IN EDUCATION, BUSINESS, AND RESEARCH - IN CONJUNCTION WITH A GLOBAL NETWORK OF COLLABORATORS - TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT SOLUTIONS.
Why IFAA?The purpose of establishing IFAA was based on the realization, through patient-to-patient communications globally, that a small group of autoimmune diseases and autoinflammatory diseases present with similar symptoms, regardless of diagnosis. These included joint pain (arthritis), fatigue, fevers of various levels, brain fog, severe stiffness after rest.
Volunteers and Public Input. Patients are at the core of all brainstorming, program development, and project implementation. In addition to continuous engagement and assessment of the patient population, we have three levels of volunteers who all contribute our success.
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Virtual Officing. When IFAA's founders developed the working structure, they took into account that the patients working for & volunteering services for IFAA would require extreme flexibility to accommodate disease activity & flares - including the opportunity to 'work' when they feel best. Therefore, IFAA is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so those involved can participate when they feel best, and in turn, promotes heightened productivity. We have helpers located all over the world who collaborate using online technologies.
Fun Fact: About the Logo
IFAA Representatives with Dr. Richard Seigel & Dr. John O'Shea, Directors at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) team.
What makes IFAA different than other nonprofits?
From the way we have created our unique organizational model that puts the patient at the heart of all we do to implementing projects that are changing the landscape of healthcare, we are leading the way for 'next generation nonprofits'.Learn more about our unique organizational model.
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