TMA’s WOC Vision Statement
To advocate for all women of color living or caregiving with/for any form of myositis. TMA’s WOC promote awareness through the 3E’s: Encouragement, Education, and Empowerment
TMA’s WOC Mission Statement
Women of Color is a TMA support and advocacy group that encourages women through the ups and downs of myositis. With the backing of our research team and the Medical Advisory Board of TMA, we plan to educate women and communities of color about the different forms of myositis. Through workshops and support meetings, WOC will be empowered to go into their communities and bring awareness about myositis.
TMA’s WOC Committees
TMA’s Woman of Color Infographic – Myositis is an inflammatory disease of the muscles that can cause severe disability. Symptoms include falling, trouble climbing stairs, difficulty raising arms over the head, and unusual rashes. In adults, certain forms of myositis affect women of color more than Caucasians.
Dermatomyositis Rashes in Patients of Color – Health-care professionals have historically learned about dermatomyositis (DM) rashes from pictures illustrating mainly Caucasian patients. The paucity of dark skin in textbooks and journals has contributed to delayed diagnosis and increased morbidity and mortality in patients of color with dermatomyositis
How you can help
We know you have many talents, and we invite you to use them to help us improve the lives of myositis patients everywhere. Whether you have an eye for detail or are a natural leader, we have a job for you! Please let us know how you would like to help.