President's Report

Fall 2021

Robert Fuhlbrigge, MD, PhD
Emily von Scheven, MD, MAS
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

The Fall season is often considered a time for transformation and an opportunity for a fresh start. As we move into a new season, I wanted to let you know about two activities that may change the face of CARRA in the coming years.

First, with input from the community, staff, and the Board of Directors, CARRA will be revising its organizational structure to better support our everyday operations and our community.

Second, we are preparing to begin a strategic planning process that will provide guidance and structure for our work over the next three to five years.

I look forward to working with many of you on this important organizational work and sharing the results as we go.

In the meantime, there are many exciting things to report:

  • The CARRA Membership Committee recently completed stakeholder interviews and will be making recommendations for strategies to improve membership engagement and satisfaction.
  • The CTP Advisory Committee developed a policy to support the revision of CARRA Consensus Treatment Plans as evidence and practice evolves.

Additionally, CARRA continues to provide numerous leadership opportunities for the membership to become involved in research and in directing the organization.

Nominations for the following positions are now open.  Please review the position information on the website and nominate either yourself or worthy colleagues:

  • Members for the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee, Rd. 1 (nominations due Sept. 24)
  • Chairs for the Cross-Cutting, JIA, Pain, and Research Coordinator Network committees (nominations due October 22)
  • Members for the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee, Rd. 2 (nominations due Oct. 28)
  • Vice-Chairs for the Cross Cutting, JIA, and RCN committees (nominations due Dec. 17)

We will also be seeking nominations later this year for the Elections and Membership committees, as well as accepting applications for new Registry Associates. Keep an eye on your inbox for more information!

Finally, CARRA continues to provide research funding through our Intramural Funding Program with support from the Arthritis Foundation. The following RFAs are currently open for applications:

Due Oct. 1

Due Dec. 1

In summary, as the Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, “The only constant is change”. Does that sound like CARRA? As we grow and change, I welcome your feedback and suggestions. Feel free to email anytime, or drop by during my zoom office hours, every Tuesday at 1:30 pm PST (Zoom ID 415-502-6627).

Take care,

Emily von Scheven, MD, MAS

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