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Program Descriptions Michigan

Michigan Arthritis Program

State Burden

In 2009, approximately 31% of the adult population in Michigan (2.4 million persons aged 18 years or older) reported that they had been told by a doctor that they had arthritis.

Forty-four percent of those with arthritis—approximately 1,052,000 individuals—reported that their usual activities were limited because of their arthritis or joint symptoms. One-third (33.2%) of those with arthritis who were 18 to 64 years of age said that their arthritis affected their work (for pay). Just over one-quarter (25.5%) of those with arthritis reported experiencing severe joint pain in the past 30 days, and 15% reported that their arthritis interfered “a lot” with their normal social activities in the past 30 days.

The prevalence of arthritis increased with age: nearly 42% of persons 45 to 64 years of age reported this disease, while 60% of all persons 65 years of age or older reported it. Adult females were at higher risk of arthritis than males (36% vs. 26%). The prevalence of arthritis among white non-Hispanic adults (32.5%) was significantly higher than the prevalence among black non-Hispanic adults (28.4%). Hispanic adults had significantly lower arthritis prevalence rates than either of these groups as well as other non-Hispanic adults. Adults with greater than a high school education were less likely to report arthritis than those with less education. Adults who were obese or physically inactive had substantially higher rates of arthritis (40.1% and 41.9%, respectively) than the general adult population (31.3%).

Michigan Arthritis Collaborative Partnership

The Michigan Arthritis Collaborative Partnership (MACP) is a diverse, statewide alliance of arthritis stakeholders representing public and private organizations who work together to implement key elements of the Michigan Arthritis Action Plan. The MACP promotes and supports: 1) Evidence-based programs for people affected by arthritis; 2) professional education surrounding arthritis care; 3) surveillance to understand the health and economic burden of arthritis in Michigan; and 4) public awareness of arthritis burden in Michigan and appropriate management strategies. MACP members represent local public health, state public health programs, academic institutions, foundations, non-profit organizations, aging population service agencies and health professionals. MACP members also include people who have arthritis.

Key Partners

  • Arthritis Foundation Michigan Chapter
  • Michigan Department of Community Health
  • University of Michigan Department of Rheumatology
  • Michigan Office on Services to the Aging
  • Michigan State University Extension
  • YMCAs of Greater Lansing and Metropolitan Detroit
  • National Kidney Foundation of Michigan

Intervention and Partnership Highlights

The Michigan Arthritis Program is working with current and new partners to expand reach and awareness of evidence-based programs for people with arthritis by:

  • Supporting and assisting the Michigan Partners on the PATH statewide partnership to strategically implement chronic disease self-management programs – partners include: Michigan Department of Community Health, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, Area Agencies on Aging and National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.
  • Developing and nurturing partnerships with organizations such as YMCAs, senior centers, community education programs, parks and recreation programs and other state chronic disease programs to facilitate implementation of the exercise program EnhanceFitness.
  • Supporting and participating in the intervention subcommittee of the Michigan Arthritis Collaborative Partnership to evaluate opportunities for effective implementation and integration of arthritis evidence-based programs into current regional and/or statewide systems.
  • Continuing to facilitate partnerships to enhance the reach of the Arthritis Foundation Michigan Chapter programs.

Program Documents

Contact Information

Karen McCloskey
Arthritis Program Coordinator
Michigan Department of Community Health
Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Control
PO Box 30195
Lansing, MI 48909

Telephone: 517-335-1236
Fax: 517-335-9461
Email: mccloskeyk@michigan.gov

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