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Tennessee Arthritis Program

State Burden

In Tennessee, in 2009, arthritis affected nearly one of three adults (1.2 million adults have arthritis). Tennessee’s arthritis program works statewide with partners to understand the burden of arthritis, to increase arthritis awareness, and implement programs, policies, and systems that will effect change.

Consistent with national patterns, groups in Tennessee most at risk for arthritis are women (28%), senior citizens (44%). The prevalence of arthritis increases from 14% among residents aged 18–44 years to 33% in persons aged 45–64 years. Arthritis affects all race and ethnic groups with no significant variations of prevalence.

Arthritis Partners

A primary facilitator of program success is the relationship between the state’s arthritis program is the Arthritis Foundation—Tennessee Chapter and University Of Tennessee Extension Service. Establishing new and maintaining existing partnerships are a concern of the Tennessee Arthritis Program. Through the efforts to provide evidence-based programs and to increase arthritis awareness across the state, the Arthritis Foundation and University of Tennessee Extension has made great strides in all 95 counties of Tennessee.

Intervention Highlights

During 2009, through the efforts of the program’s partners, over 5000 participants have been reached with the CDC evidence-based programs. Tennessee’s arthritis program is continuing to effectively partnering with the Arthritis Foundation Tennessee Chapter and the University of Tennessee Extension Services. This partnership has led to statewide expansion of the Arthritis Foundation Self-Help Program and the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program. The Arthritis Foundation and the University of Tennessee expanded the capacity of instructors and extension agents into all 95 counties of the state by training them as program leaders in the evidence-based courses. Additionally, beginning in 2011, the Arthritis Foundation’s “Walk With Ease” program will be introduced across the state of Tennessee.

Contact Information

Michael Gregory, MS, Director
Arthritis Program
Tennessee Department of Health
425 5th Avenue, North
5th Floor, Cordell Hull Building
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Telephone: (615) 741-4007

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