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Utah Arthritis Program

State Burden

In 2009, 415,000 persons in Utah, aged 18 and older, about 21.4 percent of the population reported that they had been told by a doctor that they had arthritis. Consistent with national patterns, groups in Utah most at risk for arthritis are women, seniors, individuals who are overweight or obese, those who are less healthy physically and mentally, and those who are less physically active.

Self-reported arthritis ranges from 5.5 percent among persons aged 18 to 34 years of age to 54.0 percent among those aged 65 and older.

Slightly more than seventy percent (71.1 percent of adults with arthritis were overweight or obese). Almost half, 46.4 percent, of Utah adults with arthritis reported they limited their usual activities because of arthritis or joint symptoms.

Arthritis affects all racial and ethnic groups in Utah. The prevalence of arthritis by race and ethnicity were 17.1 percent for non-White non-Hispanic/Latinos, 22.3 percent for White non-Hispanic/Latinos, and 11.9 percent for Hispanic/Latinos.

Those with arthritis were nearly three times as likely to report seven or more days of poor physical health in the past month, and 1.4 times as likely to report seven or more days of poor mental health in the past month as those without arthritis. Differences for having no leisure-time physical activity between adults with and without arthritis were dramatic, 13.8 percent versus 5.8 percent respectively.

Utah Arthritis Advisory Council (UAAC)

The UAAC is a group committed to improving the lives of persons affected by arthritis. The UAAC is made up of persons with arthritis, physical therapists, rheumatologists, health clinic staff, ethnic minority representation, and staff from Salt Lake County Aging Services, the Utah Department of Health Arthritis Program, and the Arthritis Foundation. As of FY11, the UAAC is committed to improving the reach of the following evidence-based programs: Arthritis Foundation Exercise and Walk with Ease Programs, EnhanceFitness, Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and Tomando Control de su Salud.
Key Partners

  • Arthritis Foundation Utah/Idaho Chapter
  • University of Utah Health Care
  • Utah Area Agencies on Aging
  • Senior Center Networks
  • Local Health Departments
  • Intermountain Healthcare

Intervention and Partnership Highlights

The Utah Arthritis Program works strategically to increase the reach of the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP), EnhanceFitness (EF), and the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDMSP, English and Spanish).

  • Partnering with the Arthritis Foundation Utah/Idaho Chapter to expand AFEP and to develop the Walk with Ease Program. For FY11, AF will work to expand to 15 new program partners.
  • Partnering with University of Utah Health Care to develop and expand the infrastructure for systematic delivery of CDSMP. Ten clinics compose this system and collectively represent the only university healthcare system in Utah.
  • Partnering with Area Agency on Aging networks. Particularly, the UAP collaborates with Salt Lake County Aging to grow both EF and CDSMP. Salt Lake County Aging is the largest AAA in Utah, thus justifying the resources to support this critical partnership. Other AAA systems include Five County, Mountainland (three county district), Tooele County, and Weber, which all offer CDSMP.
Partnering with Intermountain Healthcare (IHC), which represents the largest healthcare system in Utah. While it’s been a challenge to develop a system-wide partnership with IHC, UAP has achieved success by developing solid partnerships with the IHC Rural South region at two hospitals. Further, local partners have been successful in offering CDSMP at various community-based IHC clinics.

Contact Information

Rebecca Castleton, CHES
Utah Arthritis Program Coordinator
Utah Arthritis Program
PO Box 142107
Salt Lake City, UT 84114

Telephone: 801-538-9340
Fax: 801-538-9495

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