Advancing Arthritis Public Health Priorities through National Organizations CDC-RFA-DP21-2106

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Arthritis Program collaborates with national organizations and state programs to improve health and quality of life of adults with arthritis. Through the Advancing Arthritis Public Health Priorities through National Organizations cooperative agreement, the CDC provides six awards to five national organizations. The purpose of this funding is to support organizations that implement national efforts to advance arthritis public health priorities.

During the 5-year period of performance, recipients are expected to contribute towards attainment of one or more of the following high-level outcomes:

  • Improved arthritis management behaviors among adults with arthritis.
  • Improved social and physical environments for adults with arthritis.
  • Increased number of healthcare providers who conduct screenings for function, pain and physical activity; counsel on physical activity; and refer arthritis patients to arthritis appropriate, evidence-based interventions (AAEBIs) or other physical activity opportunities.

The cooperative agreement consists of two components that focus on building capacity and scaling up non-research efforts to address adult arthritis in the US (Component 1) and building providers’ capacity to promote physical activity for adults with arthritis (Component 2).

The cooperative agreement
Component 1
5 – 7 awards
$150k – $500k each
Strategy A Focuses on increasing access to, availability of, and sustainability of AAEBIs nationwide. Two recipients are funded to reach at least 50,000 people in 25 states over the project period. National Recreational and Park Association (NRPA) YMCA of the USA (Y-USA)
Strategy B Expands provision of tailored consumer arthritis information and AAEBI referrals through a national Arthritis Helpline. The Helpline recipient will receive and respond to both telephone and web-based consumer requests for arthritis-specific health-related information and services. Arthritis Foundation (AF)
Strategy C Facilitates partnerships and coordinates activities to address national osteoarthritis public health priorities. The recipient will maintain and facilitate an active alliance of organizations committed to addressing priorities identified from A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritisexternal icon: 2020 Update University of North Carolina (UNC)/Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA)
Strategy D Encompasses the provision of training and technical assistance to enhance the capacity of states to effectively address arthritis. The recipient will identify best practices and develop tools, resources, and trainings. National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD)
Component 2
1 award
$300k – $500k
Supports innovative efforts that enhance healthcare provider awareness, knowledge, and skills in promoting physical activity as an effective, drug-free way to relieve arthritis pain, improve function, and limit arthritis progression among US adults with arthritis. National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD)