In 1990, founder Toby Robbins began the Fibromyalgia Association of Houston, Inc. (FMAH) at the suggestion of and with guidance from Dr. Richard Rubin, a Houston rheumatologist, and was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1992. FMAH actively serves over approximately 2,000 fibromyalgia (FM) patients and their families in the Houston and Greater Gulf Coast areas and networks with approximately 400 professionals in the health care sector.
FMAH’s mission is to promote a better understanding of FM among patients, health professionals, and the community. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for those affected by FM.
Board of Directors and Officers
FMAH is governed by a board of directors that establishes policy, oversees daily operations, and conducts business affairs. There are no paid employees. Volunteers provide staffing and administrative services, publish a newsletter three times a year, and carry out public education programs.
- President: Mary Harper
- Vice President and Medical Director: Dr. Helen M. Schilling
- Treasurer and Secretary: Gayle Moses
- Vice President of Patient Education: Sheshe Giddens
- Director: Melissa Green
- Director: Marie Dennis
FMAH Support Services
- Improving the quality of life for those affected directly and indirectly with fibromyalgia through education and support.
- Increasing public awareness of this under-reported, often disabling, painful condition.
- Actively promoting a better understanding of fibromyalgia (FM) among medical and health professionals. Social media (website, Facebook, Twitter) enables us to reach many people who come to us for support and guidance.
According to the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association, FM patients tend to improve over time with a multi-disciplinary team approach including patient education about fibromyalgia, self-management tools, aerobic exercise, and behavioral therapy. FMAH plays an important role in providing patient education, self-management tools, and ongoing support. Based on the feedback we receive, FM patients and their families who attend our meetings and subscribe to our newsletter have an increased ability to cope with FM symptoms and take control of their lives.
In a positive atmosphere, FMAH provides free support meetings in Houston held every other month. FMAH subscribers are notified of these Saturday meetings in advance by email, and meeting information is also available on the FMAH website and Facebook. Guest speakers are invited to each meeting to provide information that may help people and their families cope with the symptoms of FM. DVDs of the guest speakers are available at the meetings and on the website for a small fee. Free up-to-date FM educational literature is also available at the meetings. Please fill out the contact information form and we will send you meeting reminders.
FMAH has an Information Line that anyone may call for support and guidance. Trained volunteers provide information, support, and practical tips for coping with fibromyalgia as well as referrals to doctors and other health professionals. FM patients and families may also communicate with FMAH by email, Facebook, or Twitter.
FMAH publishes a free newsletter The Fibromyalgia Connection, three times each year. We will notify you by email and send a link to the latest publication on our website. The newsletter contains information from our meetings, current fibromyalgia articles, and various coping tips. The newsletter is also available in print by request. Please fill out the contact information form to get our emails. You may also use the form to indicate your preference to receive a printed newsletter in the mail.
FMAH is also involved in several local events in Houston throughout the year such as Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, health fairs, and local fund-raising opportunities. We hope you will join us!