Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior Joins Healthcare Blogger Code of Ethics Network


Great news for RA Warrior

There was something good in my e-mail box yesterday. I was thrilled to learn that RA Warrior was approved as a new member of Healthcare Blogger Code of Ethics. The code was established in 2007 to provide bloggers and readers with clear standards in five specific areas:


  • Perspective:  The blog author’s perspective should be clearly established…
  • Confidentiality: Patient identity is respected…
  • Disclosure: Bloggers must clearly disclose whether they are paid to pitch products…
  • Reliability: Sources for information should be cited…
  • Courtesy: Personal attacks should not be permitted…

Benefits of Healthcare Blogger Code of Ethics

From their website:

  1. To give the readers of a medical blogger a clear idea of the standards by which the blog is maintained.
  2. To give bloggers (especially anonymous ones) a clear set of guidelines they can show employers, patients, or other concerned parties as to the nature of the blogging.

Thanks Healthcare Blogger Code of Ethics!

We are grateful to the team at HBCE and other members who do their best to make healthcare blogs a valuable resource for patients, caregivers, and others interested in fighting specific medical conditions or improving healthcare generally. RA Warrior is proud to display the HBCE logo in the sidebar. I am committed to working hard to maintain the standards promoted by the Code.

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Kelly Young

Kelly Young is an advocate providing ways for patients to be better informed and have a greater voice in their healthcare. She is the president of the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation. Kelly received national acknowledgement with the 2011 WebMD Health Hero award. Through her writing, speaking, and use of social media, she is building a more accurate awareness of Rheumatoid disease aka Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) geared toward the public and medical community; creating ways to empower patients to advocate for improved diagnosis and treatment; and bringing recognition and visibility to the Rheumatoid patient journey. In 2009, Kelly created Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior, a comprehensive website about RA of about 950 pages and writes periodically for other newsletters and websites. Kelly served on the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media Advisory Board. There are over 42,000 connections of her highly interactive Facebook Fan page. She created the hashtag: #rheum. Kelly is the mother of five, a home-schooler, Bible teacher, NASA enthusiast, and NFL fan. You can also connect with Kelly by on Twitter or YouTube, or LinkedIn. She has lived over nine years with unrelenting Rheumatoid disease. See also http://www.rawarrior.com/kelly-young-press/

10 thoughts on “Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior Joins Healthcare Blogger Code of Ethics Network

  • January 9, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Congratulations, Kelly on a job well done. I look forward to reading your posts.

  • January 9, 2010 at 10:51 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!! On a job well done! Since I stumbled on your site 2 weeks ago, I have referred you to many people – especially those just being diagnosed. Your site is a great source of information, compact and easy to read – not a bunch of medical terms and are overwhelming when just being diagnosed and having so much to learn anyway! God Bless you – Today and Always!!

  • January 9, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Congratulations! Great news…..proud of your good work

  • January 9, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Congratulations! I’ve considered going that route. Was the process easy?

    • January 9, 2010 at 1:56 pm

      Hi Warm,
      “Was it easy?” Yes and no:

      Filling out a form is easy. Waiting a few weeks for the approval is easy. Pasting in the badge was easy…

      However, doing the work to make this blog solid & functional is the hardest work I’ve ever done in my life.

  • January 9, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Congrats Kelly and let me add this webpage who is becoming huge on the movement of RA, Lupus, all autoimmunes, they look really sharp and are raising funds.

  • January 9, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Congratulations Kelly! It is very well deserved. This website is a great support to those of us with RA. I really appreciate all your hard work and effort on keeping this such an informative and helpful place to turn to.

  • January 10, 2010 at 1:26 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!! VERY impressive!!


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