CDC-Funded National Organizations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Arthritis Program currently provides direct funding to national organizations for arthritis activities under two cooperative agreements.

Advancing Arthritis Public Health Approaches Through National Organizations

Advancing Arthritis Public Health Approaches Through National Organizations, CDC-RFA-DP16-1606, is a 5-year cooperative agreement that was initiated on September 30, 2016, and concludes on September 29, 2021.

The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to implement national strategies that enhance health, wellness, and quality of life for people with arthritis through:

  • Expanded dissemination and delivery of CDC recommended arthritis-appropriate, evidence-based interventions (AAEBIs).
  • Enhanced infrastructure to support and provide arthritis-specific consumer health information.
  • Assistance to state health departments to expand state-based arthritis program efforts.
  • Effective policy and systems strategies to promote arthritis management and increased access to and availability of interventions.

These activities are consistent with the National Arthritis Action Plan: A Public Health Strategy Cdc-pdf[PDF – 230 KB] and A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis (OA Agenda) Cdc-pdf[PDF – 3 MB].

Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services Through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation’s Health

Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services Through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation’s Health, CDC-RFA-OT18-1802, is a 5-year cooperative agreement initiated in 2018 by CDC’s Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support.

The purpose of the cooperative agreement, OT18-1802, awards is to:

  • Strengthen the nation’s public health infrastructure.
  • Ensure a competent, current, and connected public health system.
  • Improve delivery of essential public health services through capacity-building assistance.

Learn more about the individual projects funded under these cooperative agreements.

CDC-Funded National Organizations

Arthritis Foundation

people walking

The Arthritis Foundation (AF) is the only national, voluntary health agency dedicated to seeking the causes, cures, prevention, and treatment for the more than 100 types of arthritis. AF’s mission is to help people conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access optimal arthritis care, learn about available advancements in science, and develop community connections.

AF receives funding for arthritis activities under the DP16-1606 cooperative agreement. Learn more about the Arthritis Foundation.External

Key Arthritis Activities:

AF and CDC’s Arthritis Program partner together on a variety of projects that include:

  • Providing arthritis-specific, consumer health information and resources via telephone and online.
    • AF’s toll-free Helpline (1-844-571-4357) is staffed by social workers who provide personalized counseling, referrals to resources, and other support services, including information about the benefits of AAEBIs and how to access them.
    • AF’s Arthritis Resource FinderExternal is a nationwide, web-based search tool that can be used to find local health care providers, AAEBIs, and complementary community resources. Information on financial assistance resources for medical care, medications and durable medical equipment also is available.
  • Collaborating with the University of North Carolina and others to facilitate national public health action addressing osteoarthritis through the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance.External

AAEBIs Offered:

Key Partners:

Contact Information:
Nick Turkas
Director, Consumer Support
Arthritis Foundation
1330 W Peachtree St., NW, Suite 100; Atlanta, GA 30309
704-705-1801| nturkas@arthritis.org

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is a nonprofit public health organization committed to representing and serving the needs of chronic disease program directors for state health departments throughout the United States. NACDD’s mission is to improve the health of the public by strengthening state-based leadership and expertise for chronic disease prevention and control in states and at the national level.

NACDD receives funding for arthritis activities under the DP16-1606 and OT18-1802 cooperative agreements. Learn more about NACDD.External

Key Arthritis Activities:

NACDD and CDC’s Arthritis Program partner together on a variety of projects that include:

  • Coordinating the Arthritis Council, a forum for state health department information, resources, collaboration, planning, and action associated with state-level arthritis program goals and activities.
  • Partnering with Medworks to explore potential mechanisms and opportunities for securing financing or other sustainable support for the implementation and delivery of evidence-based arthritis interventions by employers, unions, insurers, medical provider organizations, and others.
  • Partnering with community-based organizations (CBO) to finance and disseminate AAEBIs through employers.
  • Partnering with community-based organizations to disseminate AAEBIs.
  • Developing and enhancing health communication tools and a marketing strategy to expand and improve physical activity counseling and referrals to AAEBIs.
  • Enhancing or improving program locators in support of AAEBI referrals.

AAEBIs Offered:

Key Partners:

Contact Information:
Heather Murphy
Public Health Consultant
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
2200 Century Parkway, Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30345
850-228-0028 | hmurphy@chronicdisease.org

National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation, and conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people. NRPA works with local park and recreation agencies to provide tools, resources, and technical assistance to increase opportunities for people of all abilities, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, and ethnicities to be active in their communities. Since 2013, more than 240 local park and recreation agencies across 48 states and American Samoa have engaged nearly 20,000 older adults in AAEBIs.

NRPA receives funding for arthritis activities under the DP16-1606 cooperative agreement. Learn more about NRPA.External

Key Arthritis Activities:

NRPA and CDC’s Arthritis Program partner together on a variety of projects that include:

  • Educating the park and recreation field about the burden of arthritis (and arthritis comorbidities) and the role parks and recreation can play in helping people affected by arthritis improve their quality of life.
  • Disseminating and supporting AAEBI delivery through local parks and recreation agencies across the country, particularly in underserved communities.
  • Increasing clinical-community linkages to facilitate the referral of patients from health systems to AAEBIs being offered at local park and recreation agencies.
  • Exploring sustainable funding options such as insurance reimbursement for long-term delivery of AAEBIs.

AAEBIs Offered:

Key Partners:

Contact Information:
Lesha Spencer-Brown
Program Manager
NRPA
22377 Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn, VA 20148
703-858-2199 | lspencer@nrpa.org

University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)

UNC manages the activities and operations of the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA), a national coalition of nearly 100 organizations concerned about arthritis working collectively to advance the recommendations outlined in A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis Cdc-pdf[PDF – 2 MB](2010). The OAAA is committed to elevating osteoarthritis (OA) as a national health priority and promoting effective policy (i.e., systems and environmental) solutions that aim to address the individual and national toll of OA.

UNC works through the OAAA and other partners to conduct activities related to their CDC DP16-1606 arthritis cooperative agreement funding. Learn more about the OAAA.External

Key Arthritis Activities:

UNC, the OAAA, and CDC’s Arthritis Program partner together on a variety of projects that include

  • Establishing strategic partnerships to address recommendations outlined in A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis Cdc-pdf[PDF – 2 MB] (2010).
  • Increasing knowledge and awareness of and participation in available AAEBIs.
  • Disseminating AAEBIs to community-based organizations.
  • Increasing awareness about OA prevention and management among policy makers, providers, and individuals, and within community organizations and health care systems.
  • Expanding and promoting long-term sustainability of AAEBIs for adults with arthritis beginning with a focus on the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk with Ease program.

AAEBIs Offered:

Key Partners:

Contact Information:
Kirsten Ambrose, Program Manager
UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center
3300 Thurston Bldg., CB #7280; Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7280
919-966-7209 | oaaction@unc.edu

Y-USA

The YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) is a leading nonprofit organization for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Y-USA is a powerful association of men, women, and children committed to bringing about lasting personal and social change. With a focus on nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being, and providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors, Y-USA enables youths, adults, families, and communities to be healthy, confident, connected, and secure. Y-USA receives funding for arthritis activities under the DP16-1606 cooperative agreement. Learn more about Y-USA.External

Key Arthritis Activities:

Y-USA and CDC’s Arthritis Program partner together to support and expand the implementation of Enhance®Fitness (EF) in Y-USA and community locations throughout the country. As part of this effort, Y-USA incorporates activities that include:

  • Implementing regional EF training academies and workshops.
  • Mentoring and supporting EF dissemination and outreach in low income communities.
  • Developing and implementing marketing materials and products to promote EF.
  • Expanding seed funding to implement EF start-up and training awards.
  • Maintaining a national license to offer EF.
  • Implementing an online data collection system to capture and report EF participation and program reach information.
  • Developing and disseminating EF success stories.
  • Maintaining EF as a signature Y-USA program.

AAEBIs Offered:

Key Partners:

Contact Information:
Heather Hodge
Senior Director, Evidence-based Health Interventions
YMCA OF THE USA
101 N. Wacker Drive; Chicago, IL 60606
800-872-9622| enhancefitness@ymca.net