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MSAA Brings Healthcare Professionals Directly to Underserved MS Communities with Innovative Health Fair Series

Daylong Forums Will Bring Physicians, Nurses, and MS Experts Together With MS Patients and Their Care Partners; Health Series Made Possible by an Unrestricted Educational Grant Provided by Serono, Inc. and Pfizer Inc.

Feb. 11, 2004
Source: Multiple Sclerosis Association of America

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) will begin holding a series of Health Fairs throughout the United States to help individuals with MS and their care partners. This innovative program is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Serono, Inc. and Pfizer Inc.

The MSAA Health Fairs will kick off on March 6, 2004 in Fredericksburg, Virginia and March 28, 2004 in Ocala, Florida. Subsequent events will be held in select locations throughout the United States, particularly in areas in which the MS community has been underserved.

The goal of MSAA's Health Fairs is to create a new model of education for people with MS and their care partners. Instead of the traditional model, where an expert or physician might address an audience of hundreds, this initiative allows each person attending to have significant opportunities to ask important questions in an extremely small group setting.

"By taking our health fairs to parts of the country that have few specialized services to assist individuals manage their MS, we are bringing national experts to people who can directly benefit most," said Robert Rapp, Chief Program Officer for MSAA.

The Health Fair series will be based on the successful model used for a pilot program MSAA and Serono/Pfizer held during 2002 in suburban Philadelphia. The Health Fairs will be limited to approximately 15 to 20 individuals with MS and their care partners. These attendees will divide into smaller groups of four or five people with MS.  Each group member will be able to discuss issues of personal concern and ask questions of some of the most knowledgeable physicians, nurses and physical therapists in the field of MS.

"With the help of our partners in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, we are now able to provide this free program in a number of areas across the nation," said Rapp. "The pilot program was tremendously successful, and we hope to continue that success and make a dramatic impact on the quality of life for people with MS."

"We are pleased to support the MSAA and this invaluable program that aims to provide information to people living with multiple sclerosis," said James Pusey, MD, Executive Vice President of Neurology at Serono, Inc. "By bringing this health fair series directly to underserved MS communities, people living with the disease will benefit from a more personalized educational experience which will impact the management and treatment of their disease."

MSAA is planning to hold 10 Health Fairs in 2004. For more details and a full schedule of planned MSAA Health Fairs, please call MSAA at 800-532-7667, extension 105.

About MSAA

MSAA provides direct services to help individuals with MS and their care partners lead full and productive lives.  MSAA also serves to promote greater understanding of the needs and challenges of those who face physical obstacles as a result of MS.

Established in 1970 and headquartered in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, MSAA is a national, charitable organization dedicated to "easing the day-to-day challenges of individuals with MS and their care partners."

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