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Addressing arthritis productively will require a shared vision and the coordinated work of many organizations. The CDC partners with the organizations listed below to work toward reducing the burden of arthritis in America.
Active Living Partners, a division of Human Kinetics, Inc., administers Active Living Every Day, a community-based behavior change program that teaches lifestyle skills to change behavior helping people become and stay physically active. Active Living Partner’s mission is to help people improve their health and quality of life. Toward this goal they produce educational tools and programs that address physical inactivity and unbalanced eating for the general public as well as health and fitness professionals. Active Living Partners provides training, resources, and on-going support for Active Living Every Day program facilitators. CDC is working with Active Living Partners to increase the reach of Active Living Every Day, an evidence-based physical activity programs for adults.
More information about Active Living Partners*
The African Methodist Episcopal Church is a connectional organization. South Carolina has 619 AME congregations and some active 253,792 members. There are 6,728 congregations and 2,511,578 members in the United States. The AME Church has the ability to reach members in remote areas and provide education and activities to enhance the quality of life for persons with arthritis.
The CDC Arthritis Program and The Palmetto Annual Conference, 7th Episcopal District, which includes Charleston, South Carolina and surrounding areas, are working together to incorporate a physical activity intervention, EnhanceFitness, into health programs of their churches in underserved communities.
More information about the AME Church http://www.ame-church.com
The American College of Rheumatology (ACR), an organization of physicians, health professionals, and scientists, advances rheumatology through programs of education, research, and advocacy that foster excellence in the care of people with arthritis and rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. ACR provides educational offerings, such as annual scientific meetings, and publishes Arthritis and Rheumatism, the premier scientific journal for research in the rheumatic diseases. ACR fosters the careers of young investigators and provides research funding through the ACR Research and Education Foundation.
More information about the American College of Rheumatology.*
The Arthritis Foundation has been the voice for people with arthritis and their families for more than 50 years. The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions with information, services, and research. Through its chapters, the Arthritis Foundation provides community-based programs such as the Arthritis Foundation Self-Help Program,* Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program,* and the Arthritis Foundation Aquatics Program.*
More information about the Arthritis Foundation.*
The Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP), a division of the American College of Rheumatology, is a professional membership society composed of nonphysician health professionals specializing in rheumatology. ARHP sponsors an annual scientific meeting and publishes Arthritis Care and Research bimonthly. ARHP also produces other educational tools such as Clinical Care in the Rheumatic Diseases and the ARHP Teaching Slide Collection for Clinicians and Educators, Assessment and Management of the Rheumatic Diseases, 3rd Edition.
More information about the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals.*
The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) is a professional association whose mission is to strengthen, promote, and enhance professional practice of health promotion and public health education nationally and within state health departments. DHPE has unique abilities to conduct programs in numerous public health areas that emphasize community-based prevention, and health promotion/health education. Policy, programs, training, and resources comprise the main functions for DHPE.
More information about the Directors of Health Promotion and Education.*
The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) is the nation's leading nonprofit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding the cause and cure for lupus. Its mission is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of lupus, support individuals and families affected by the disease, increase awareness of lupus among health professionals and the public, and find the cause and cure.
More information about the Lupus Foundation of America.*
The National Association of State Chronic Disease Program Directors (otherwise known as “NACDD”) provides state-based leadership and expertise for chronic disease prevention and control at the state and national levels. NACDD links the chronic disease program directors from all states and territories to provide a national forum for chronic disease prevention and control efforts. NACDD works to reduce the impact of chronic diseases by advocating for prevention policies and programs, encouraging knowledge sharing, and developing partnerships for health promotion.
NACDD has eight Councils—Arthritis being one of them—to address the unique needs of specific chronic diseases to advance prevention and control efforts in those areas and professional development for chronic disease staff with common program interests.
More information about the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.*
Project Enhance (formerly the Senior Wellness Project) provides health and disease management programs to seniors: Project Enhance administers two community-based health programs for older adults—EnhanceFitness (formerly the Lifetime Fitness Program) and EnhanceWellness (formerly the Health Enhancement Program). These programs are based on years of solid scientific research and hands-on experience. These evidence-based programs are offered at senior centers, hospitals, assisted living facilities, and continuing-care retirement communities. Project Enhance is one of the programs/services offered by Senior Services in the state of Washington.
More information about ProjectEnhance.*
The Stanford Patient Education and Research Center is part of the Department of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, located in Palo Alto, California, U.S.A. The mission of the Education Research Center is research to develop programs that are tested for effectiveness with randomized, controlled trials. The aim of the programs developed is to improve the physical and emotional health of participants while reducing health care costs. Over the past 24 years, the Stanford Patient Education Research Center has developed, tested, and evaluated self-management programs for English and Spanish speakers with chronic health problems. All programs are designed to help people gain self-confidence in their ability to control their symptoms and how their health problems affect their lives. Examples of such programs are the Spanish Arthritis Self Management Program* and the Chronic Disease Self Management Program.*
More information about the Stanford Patient Education Research Center.*
The United States Bone and Joint Decade (USBJD) provides national leadership, bringing together patient and physician organizations, industry and government agencies to improve prevention efforts for bone and joint disorders, and quality of life for people with bone and joint disorders, and quality of life for people with bone and joint disorders. The USBJD is coordinating activities in the United States in the worldwide movement to improve patient care, to promote research, and to advance understanding and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions during the 2000–2010 International Bone and Joint Decade.
More information about the U.S. Bone and Joint Decade.** Links to non-Federal organizations are provided solely as a service to our users. Links do not constitute an endorsement of any organization by CDC or the Federal Government, and none should be inferred. The CDC is not responsible for the content of the individual organization Web pages found at this link.
Page last reviewed: June 8, 2008
Page last modified: June 18, 2007
Content Source: Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion