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Intervention Programs

CDC-Recommended and Promising* Programs

The CDC Arthritis Program recommends evidence-based programs that are proven to improve the quality of life of people with arthritis. These are the programs that we currently recommend or consider promising programs:

Physical Activity Programs

Recommended Programs
Promising Programs*

Self-Management Education Programs

Recommended Programs
Promising Programs*


*Promising Programs are intervention programs with promising evaluation data and which are building the infrastructure to support program delivery across the country. State health departments receiving CDC-Arthritis Program funding can disseminate promising programs along with recommended programs, except when noted.

**Grantees cannot use CDC-Arthritis Program funds to disseminate the Arthritis Foundation Aquatics Program (AFAP).

Watch List

There are currently six intervention programs on our Intervention Watch List  for possible recommendation. Watch List programs are currently undergoing evaluation to determine their effects on the health of people with arthritis.

Compendium of Arthritis- Appropriate Interventions

A compendium of CDC Arthritis Program recommended evidence-based intervention programs is now available. The purpose of this compendium is to assist you in selecting interventions by providing a concise, standardized review of each intervention. Compendium of Arthritis Appropriate Physical Activity and Self-Management Education Interventions [PDF-1.06MB]

Screening Criteria

The CDC Arthritis Program screens intervention programs for their arthritis- appropriateness, adequate evidence base, and infrastructure necessary for widespread dissemination as a public health intervention.  Learn more about the Program’s Intervention Screening Criteria.

Marketing Tools and Support

The CDC Arthritis program has developed a variety of tools to support the dissemination and implementation of arthritis-appropriate intervention programs in the community.  Tools currently available include