Frequently Asked Questions

What is my role as a NEA Ambassador?

As a NEA Ambassador, your main role is to serve as an engaged member of the eczema community, acting on your interest to learn more about atopic dermatitis and participating in volunteer opportunities as available, in service to the greater eczema community. As such, you are making a commitment to deepen your understanding and potential impact in up to three focus areas: Advocacy, Community and Research.

How do I become a NEA Ambassador?

Individuals interested in becoming a NEA Ambassador will need to complete curriculum including a course covering the basics of eczema and NEA, as well as a course specific to the area of interest (Advocacy, Community and/or Research). Following each course, Ambassador prospects will take a short quiz that requires a score of 100%. Each course and quiz combined takes around 20 minutes to complete.

Ambassadors have the opportunity to join as many Ambassador groups as they’d like as long as the corresponding courses are completed and quizzes are passed.

Please note, Ambassadors must remain active within each of the Ambassador groups they belong.

What are my responsibilities as a NEA Ambassador?

Once qualified as a NEA Ambassador, you are encouraged to use the resources provided to you in this platform. It is important that you review all materials shared by NEA, as they may include volunteer opportunities or requests for engagement.

Each Ambassadors toolkit will include at least two qualified actionable engagement opportunities. In addition to completing two engagements within the  toolkit, Ambassadors are expected to complete two optional activities — whether offered by NEA or individual activities related to their Ambassadors group, within a year of becoming a NEA Ambassador. Ambassadors are expected to serve a minimal one-year term.

Examples of Ambassador activities may include:

  • Completing a survey or a questionnaire
  • Participating in a focus group
  • Sharing your story
  • Hosting an event or meetup
  • Contacting your legislator

Ambassadors are expected to report on all activities by filling out an Activity Reporting form and are encouraged to post about engagements on the corresponding Ambassadors group feed- located in the Ambassador Groups.

Is there a time commitment for NEA’s Ambassadors program?

Ambassadors are expected to serve a minimal one-year term. Familiarizing oneself with NEA’s work, optimizing one’s engagement opportunities and fostering relationships takes time. The longer one serves as an Ambassador, the more opportunities there will be to make a difference as an engaged member of the community.

How are NEA Ambassadors recognized?

After successful completion of a full NEA Ambassadors term, Ambassadors will be recognized on the NEA website and magazine.

What are the benefits of serving as a NEA Ambassador?

NEA Ambassadors make a meaningful impact in the community, as they become informed in NEA’s  focus areas. They will engage with individuals who share eczema in common and will mobilize around issues that are important, while developing as recognized leaders within the eczema community. On a larger scale, NEA Ambassadors will advance the understanding of atopic dermatitis among the general public, amplify specific needs of the community and serve as advisors in the design of patient-centered partnerships and programs.

Is it possible to join more than one Ambassador group?

Ambassadors have the opportunity to join as many Ambassador groups as they’d like as long as the corresponding courses are completed and quizzes are passed. For example, to become an Advocacy and Research Ambassador, one must pass the prerequisite NEA and eczema basics course, as well as the Advocacy and Research courses. Each course takes around 20 minutes to complete and requires a 100% score. Please note, Ambassadors must remain active within each of the Ambassador groups they’re in.

Can non-US residents participate in NEA Ambassadors?

The NEA Ambassadors program is for U.S. residents only. Please email neaambassadors@nationaleczema.org if you live outside of the U.S. and are interested in sharing your story, hosting a meet-up or organizing a fundraising and/or awareness event.