Program Descriptions Kansas
Kansas Arthritis Program
In 2009, an estimated 509,000 adult Kansans (24.1% of the population) reported having doctor-diagnosed arthritis. The individuals with the highest prevalence of doctor-diagnosed arthritis are adults aged 65 years and older (50%), women (27.4%), adults with an annual income less than $35,000 (31.2%) and adults who are not college graduates (26.7%). Individual adults that are overweight or obese (27.6%) as well as individuals that are physically inactive (38.4%) had a higher prevalence of doctor-diagnosed arthritis. The effects of doctor-diagnosed arthritis on an individual are apparent as 44.9% of adults with arthritis have activity limitations due to arthritis or joint symptoms. The prevalence of arthritis and other chronic diseases are displayed below:
- Of adults with diabetes, 45% also have arthritis.
- Of adults with heart disease, 52% also have arthritis.
- Of adults with high blood pressure, 43% also have arthritis.
- Of adults who were tested for blood cholesterol and had high cholesterol, 37% also have arthritis.
Percent with Arthritis
|65 and older|
|Did not graduate college|
|Normal or underweight|
|Overweight or obese|
|Physical Activity Status|
|Heart disease status|
|High blood pressure status|
|High blood cholesterol status (among those tested)|
ACT (Arthritis Community Taskforce)
The members of ACT are dedicated individuals with an interest in reducing the impact of arthritis for the people of Kansas. The members represent organizations that work with individuals with arthritis and individuals that deal with the effects of arthritis on a daily basis. ACT meets face to face three times a year to increase the awareness of arthritis, increase the knowledge of and participation in evidence-based programs, discuss results of the data collection to determine the impact of arthritis, and develop a policy agenda. ACT accomplishes this by monitoring progress and updating the state plan “Arthritis in Kansas”, developing burden reports and fact sheets, sharing successes and planning for future implementation of the Arthritis Foundation Exercise and Self-Help Programs, the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, EnhanceFitness and the CDC Health Communications campaign “Physical Activity: the Arthritis Pain Reliever” through system delivery partners and collaboration with other chronic disease programs.
- Arthritis Foundation, Kansas and Western Missouri/Greater Kansas City Chapters
- University of Kansas Medical Center
- Kansas Department on Aging
- Kansas Physical Therapy Association
- KU School of Medicine—Wichita, Dept. of Preventive Medicine and Public Health
- Kansas State Extension and Research, Division of Aging
- Wichita State University, Center for Physical Activity and Aging
- Kansas Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
- Kansas Health and Disability Program
- Kansas Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program
Proposed Intervention Activities
The goal over the next four years is to expand participation in the above mentioned evidence-based programs to at least 24,850 Kansans or 5% of adults with arthritis in Kansas as required by CDC funding. The Kansas Arthritis Program plans to reach this goal by implementing the following activities:
- Partner with the Wichita State University Center for Physical Activity and Aging and the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program to conduct four Chronic Disease Self-Management Leader Trainings with classes implemented at the local level.
- Partner with the Arthritis Foundation to conduct three Arthritis Foundation Self-Help Leader Trainings with classes implemented at the local level.
- Health disparities will be addressed in partnership with the Quality of Care network of primary care clinic settings to meet the needs of population subgroups in disease self-management.
- Provide support through workshops and a leader listserv to trained leaders to nurture the relationship with these valuable partners in program implementation.
- Address policy related to arthritis relevant issues through partnerships with established policy workgroups.
- Conduct annual arthritis data collection through the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to gather enough data to support regional information.
- Develop and distribute arthritis fact sheets and arthritis burden report to educate the general public and key stakeholders on the prevalence and effects of arthritis.
- Conduct an arthritis call back survey to gather additional information on the challenges and barriers to program implementation and participation.
Kansas Arthritis Program Web site, 2005 Arthritis Impact Report Describing the Burden of Arthritis in the State of Kansas and “Arthritis in Kansas” state plan available.
Worksite Wellness Specialist
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Bureau of Health Promotion
1000 SW Jackson - Suite 230
Topeka, KS 66612
Telephone: (785) 296-1917