Reach of CDC-Funded Arthritis Programs

Arthritis Programs Across America

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supports programs for people with arthritis so they can work and do other daily activities, have less pain, manage their own care, and delay disability. Through CDC-funded partnerships, scientifically-proven arthritis intervention programs are available in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and one territory—American Samoa.

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CDC works with national organizations and state health departments to improve the quality of life for adults with arthritis. Two of the national organizations—the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)—make available CDC-recommended physical activity (PA) programs that have been proven to reduce pain and improve function, mood, and quality of life for adults with arthritis. Using CDC funding, the Y-USA and NRPA have reached more than 25,000 adults with these programs.

In addition to the national organizations’ activities, CDC funds 12 state health departments to disseminate and expand the reach of proven arthritis-appropriate self-management education (SME) programs as well as the PA intervention programs. States work with community organizations that can make these programs part of their routine operations and sustain them over time. The combined efforts and partnerships of the 12 funded states have made proven arthritis-appropriate SME and PA intervention programs available to more than 100,000 adults in America.

Through CDC-funded partnerships, scientifically-proven arthritis intervention programs are available in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and American Samoa

A text version of this map is available at https://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/about/text-version.html.