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Oregon Arthritis Program

State Burden

Arthritis affected about 27% of adult Oregonians (about 760,000 people) in 2009. Older adults are more commonly affected by arthritis, but nearly 47% of Oregonians with diagnosed arthritis are under the age of 65. Although arthritis affects both sexes, women are more likely to have this condition than men. Among women, 32% have arthritis, compared to 23% of men. People with arthritis are more likely to be physically inactive than those without arthritis (14% versus 7%). In addition, 31% of adults with arthritis are obese, whereas among adults without arthritis, only 20% are obese. Those living with arthritis report a decreased quality of life. About 47% of those with doctor diagnosed arthritis report limiting their usual activities because of the condition. Among those that are current smokers, 30 report arthritis. More than 1 in 4 Oregonians with arthritis report fair or poor health (28%).

Key Partners

  • Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Northwest Chapter
  • Seniors and People with Disabilities
  • Portland Community College
  • Oregon Local Public Health Departments
  • Federally Recognized Tribes in Oregon
  • Loaves and Fishes
  • Oregon State University Extension Services
  • Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries
  • WISEWOMAN Program

Intervention and Partnership Highlights

  • There are currently 23 ongoing Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program classes statewide, and from 2009–2010, 39 new instructors have been trained through the partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Northwest Chapter.
  • There were 131 Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSMP) workshops offered in 2009. In Oregon the CDSMP is called “Living Well with Chronic Conditions." In partnership with internal chronic disease programs and Seniors & People with Disabilities, Living Well workshops are supported by a Living Well with Chronic Conditions website, a toll-free line to assist in locating a local program, a listserv for all master trainers and leaders in Oregon and an annual in person meeting for those offering the program.
  • The Oregon Action Plan was completed in January 2006 and printed with the support of the Psoriasis Foundation.
  • In partnership with other chronic disease programs, the Oregon Arthritis Program funds 12 local public health departments to focus on the promotion, adoption and implementation of policy, environmental and systems changes to support increased physical activity, improved nutrition, decreased tobacco use, and availability of Living Well with Chronic Conditions. In addition, the Oregon Arthritis Program, through its cross-program partnerships, also funds 9 federally recognized tribes and 22 additional local public health departments to build capacity for policy, environmental and systems changes through community assessment and planning.

Program Documents

Contact Information

April Hasson, Arthritis Program Coordinator
Oregon Public Health Division
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 730
Portland, OR 97232

Telephone: 971-673-0984
Fax: 971-673-0994

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