A Year’s Worth of Health

Free Health Planners developed by NIAMS, tested by our own Lupus LA

Getting your health organized is a great way to start off the New Year. To help people with lupus and other conditions coordinate their care, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) has developed A Year of Health Planners, available for free.  Lupus LA, the West Coast Division of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation, was one of four organizations selected to pilot test the dissemination of the health planners.

The trackers are intended to help people with muscular, bone, joint, and skin diseases, and is part of NIAMS’ National Multicultural Outreach Initiative, which understands that these diseases disproportionately affect people of color, including access to healthcare information in multicultural communities. The planners are tailored for different communities of color and with culturally appropriate messages and healthcare information for each community: African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives/Native Hawaiians, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics/Latinos (bilingual).

Help Remember
Your planner makes it easy to organize, storing in one place information about how lupus impacts you each day. NIAMS suggests using the planner to track:

  • daily use of medicines and supplements
  • daily tracking of any new pain or health problems
  • questions for your doctor

The planners also come with stickers to remind you of upcoming appointments and blood tests, as well as when to take your medication and which medications you have already taken. NIAMS also suggests bringing your planner to doctors’ appointments to be able to share the important information you have logged.

Planners Passed Lupus LA Pilot Test

Lupus LA tested the dissemination of the health planners in advance and found them quite helpful.   

Order Your Planner
To place an order for free A Year of Health planners, call the NIAMS toll free at 877–226–4267 (TTY: 301–565–2966) or email at NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov. Orders are limited to addresses in the United States and its territories. You can access information on other topics by visiting http://www.niams.nih.gov/multicultural or by calling the NIAMS toll-free number at 877–226–4267 (TTY: 301–565–2966). They are waiting to hear from you!