Organizations looking for agencies to aid lupus awareness push

WASHINGTON: The Office on Women's Health is looking for three small agencies to launch a lupus education and outreach campaign.

WASHINGTON: The Office on Women's Health is looking for three small agencies to launch a lupus education and outreach campaign.

The "Unlocking the Mystery of Lupus" program will focus on educating women, and minorities in particular, about the various types of the disease, its symptoms, and how it can be differentiated from similar illnesses that cause delays in diagnosis.

Selected agencies will also focus on communicating new research, teaching patients how to cope with the disease, and working with caregivers.

The primary tactic will be forming partnerships with third-party groups - such as tribal organizations, health clinics, universities, and religious institutions - to overcome cultural, linguistic, geographic and other barriers.

The campaign will focus on both the public and medical community.

It will also use healthcare practitioners to share information with lay audiences. Educational seminars, for instance, will involve a panel of experts to discuss issues ranging from enrolling in clinical trials to a patient's legal rights in collecting disability payments.

The three accounts are set aside for small businesses, and preference will be given to agencies that have already worked with minority populations.

A budget will be disclosed at the time of the award, which is for one year.

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