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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, CDC-RFA-DP16-1606, is a 5-year cooperative agreement that was initiated on September 30, 2016, and concludes on September 29, 2021. The purposes and intent of this cooperative agreement are to implement national strategies that enhance health, wellness, and quality of life for people with arthritis through (1) expanded dissemination and delivery of CDC recommended arthritis-appropriate, evidence-based interventions (AAEBIs); (2) enhanced infrastructure to support and provide arthritis-specific consumer health information; (3) assistance to state health departments to expand state-based arthritis program efforts; and (4) effective policy and systems strategies to promote arthritis management and increased access to and availability of interventions, consistent with the National Arthritis Action Plan: A Public Health Strategy [PDF – 230 KB] and A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis (OA Agenda). [PDF – 3 MB]

Building Capacity of the Public Health System to Improve Population Health through National, Nonprofit Organizations, CDC-RFA-OT13-1302, is a 5-year cooperative agreement initiated in 2013 by CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support. OT13-1302 awards are used to provide guidance and technical assistance to people and organizations on the front lines of public health and strengthen national capacity to deliver public health services through public health departments and community organizations. Learn more about the individual projects funded under these cooperative agreements.

CDC- Funded National Organizations

Arthritis Foundation

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Increasing availability of community-based interventions.

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 forms of arthritis. The AF mission is to help people conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science, and community connections.

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

Key Arthritis Activities:

The AF and the CDC Arthritis Program partner together on a variety of projects that include

  • Providing arthritis-specific, consumer health information and resources via telephone and online.
    • The AF’s toll-free Helpline 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.
    • The AF’s Arthritis Resource Finder is a nationwide, web-based search tool that can be used to find local healthcare providers, AAEBIs and complementary community resources. Information on financial assistance resources for medical care, medications and durable medical equipment is also available.
  • Collaborating with the University of North Carolina and others to facilitate national public health action addressing osteoarthritis through the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance.

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 cooperative agreement and OT13-1302 cooperative agreements. Learn more about NACDD.

Key Arthritis Activities:

The NACDD and the CDC 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 via employers, unions, insurers and medical provider organizations, and others.
  • Partnering with community based organizations (CBO) to finance and disseminate AAEBIs through employers within the CBO catchment areas.
  • Partnering with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to disseminate AAEBIs.

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 physically active in their communities that include expanding access to arthritis-appropriate evidence-based health programs.

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

Key Arthritis Activities:

The NRPA and the CDC Arthritis Program partner together on a variety of projects that include

  • Supporting local parks and recreation agencies across the county in the delivery of AAEBIs.
  • Partnering with Walk with a Doc to launch a walking initiative called, A Walk in the Park! that will allow for the referral of patients from health care providers to AAEBIs being offered at local parks and recreation agencies.
  • Partnering with Miami Dade County Department of Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces to develop a prescription referral process recommending physical activity in parks for adults with arthritis.

AAEBIs Offered:

Key Partners:

Contact Information:
Lesha Spencer-Brown
Program Manager
NRPA
22377 Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn, VA 20148
703-585-2199 | lspencer@nrpa.org

University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)

The 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 [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.

Key Arthritis Activities:

UNC, the OAAA, and the CDC 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 (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 inviduals, 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. The 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, the Y-USA enables youths, adults, families, and communities to be healthy, confident, connected, and secure. The Y-USA receives funding for arthritis activities under the DP16-1606 cooperative agreement and OT13-1302 cooperative agreements. Learn more about the Y-USA.

Key Arthritis Activities:

The Y-USA and the CDC 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 the 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.
  • Adopting 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

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