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CDC-Funded State Arthritis Programs

The CDC Arthritis Program funds arthritis programs at 12 state health departments through the DP12-1210 cooperative agreement. The central aim of state arthritis programs is to improve the quality of life among people affected by arthritis.

CDC's Arthritis Program funds 12 state health departments: California, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah.

CDC's Arthritis Program funds 12 state health departments: California, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Utah.

State arthritis programs use CDC funding to

  • Identify and work through delivery system partners to disseminate and increase participation in arthritis appropriate, evidence-based inventions (AAEBIs), focused on self-management education or physical activity, among adults with arthritis.
  • Strengthen partnerships with other chronic disease programs and other partners to address arthritis and co-occurring chronic conditions.
  • Improve their ability to monitor the burden of arthritis in their state.
  • Coordinate state-based activities addressing arthritis.
  • Promote public awareness about proven programs and strategies to address the burden and impact of arthritis.
  • Collaborate with state and community partners to expand the availability of evidence-based arthritis intervention programs in ways that are sustainable.

The 6-year funding opportunity, which began in July 2012 and ends June 30, 2018, awarded 12 states an average funding of approximately $427,000 each and builds on lessons learned from previous cooperative agreements. A continued emphasis is on embedding arthritis interventions in existing systems to exponentially expand access to and use of these AAEBIs. Learn about an individual state program by clicking on a state below.

CDC-Funded State Arthritis Programs

California Arthritis Program

The California Arthritis Partnership Program (CAPP) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Californians affected by arthritis by increasing access to and use of evidence-based physical activity and self-management interventions including Walk with Ease, Active Living Everyday, Enhance®Fitness, and Chronic Disease Self-Management Education. CAPP partners with local health departments, community-based organizations, and health systems to deliver arthritis interventions. CAPP also collaborates with other chronic disease programs within the health department to educate the public health community about the burden and impact of arthritis.

AAEBIs Offered:

  • Active Living Everyday
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Education
  • Enhance®Fitness
  • Tomando Control de su Salud
  • Walk With Ease

Key Partners:

  • Partners in Care Foundation
  • Clinica Sierra Vista Health System
  • Young Men’s Christian Association

Contact Information:

Marilyn Kempster

Program Manager

Chronic Disease Control Branch |CDPH

MS 7208, P.O. Box 997377

Sacramento, CA 95899-7377

916-552-9923 | marilyn.kempster@cdph.ca.gov

California Arthritis Partnership Program website

Kansas Arthritis Program

The Kansas Arthritis Program (KAP) works to expand availability and participation in AAEBIs in Kansas. KAP focuses on expanding three AAEBIs in particular including the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, Walk with Ease, and Enhance®Fitness. Statewide partners for expanding programs include the Kansas Alliance of YMCAs, Arthritis Foundation, Kansas Foundation Medical Care, Humana, and the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative.

AAEBIs Offered:

  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
  • Enhance®Fitness
  • Walk With Ease

Key Partners:

  • Kansas Foundation for Medical Care
  • Kansas Alliance of YMCAs
  • Kansas Healthcare Collaborative

Contact Information:

Holly Frye
Public Health Specialist
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 230, Topeka, KS 66612
785-296-1627| holly.frye@ks.gov

Kansas Arthritis Program website

Kentucky Arthritis Program

The Kentucky Arthritis Program (KAP) is a component of the Chronic Disease and Prevention Branch within the Department for Public Health. KAP manages statewide arthritis initiatives. KAP works to identify organizations that can deliver AAEBIs in Kentucky and provides technical assistance to support partners. KAP establishes contracts with various external partners and provides access to training to increase the number of certified AAEBI leaders in the state.

AAEBIs Offered:

  • Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
  • Enhance®Fitness
  • Walk With Ease

Key Partners:

  • Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living
  • Kentucky Alliance of YMCAs
  • University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health

Contact Information:

Dr. Teri Wood
Principal Investigator
275 East Main Street, HS-2-WE
502-564-7996 ext. 4440 | teri.wood@ky.gov

Kentucky Arthritis Program website

Michigan Arthritis Program

The Michigan Arthritis Program works with key stakeholders and partners to implement evidence-based programs in self-management and physical activity, that includes Personal Action Toward Health or PATH (Michigan’s name for the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program) and Enhance®Fitness. These programs are being offered through statewide partnerships including Michigan Partners on the PATH and the Michigan Enhance®Fitness Network.

AAEBIs Offered:

  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
  • Enhance®Fitness
  • Walk With Ease

Key Partners:

  • National Kidney Foundation of Michigan
  • Michigan Alliance of YMCAs
  • Michigan State University Extension

Contact Information:

Karen McCloskey
Arthritis Program Coordinator
PO Box 30195, Lansing, MI 48909
517-335-1236 | mccloskeyk@michigan.gov

Michigan Arthritis Program website.

Missouri Arthritis Program

The Missouri Arthritis Program focuses on engaging partners to deliver proven and promising education and exercise programs to individuals with arthritis and other chronic conditions. These self-management education programs help support a better quality of life. The program is coordinated out of the University of Missouri and works in collaboration with the state Department of Health and Mississippi County Health Department. This partnership has supported the development and implementation of a data tracking system that tracks and reports on all chronic disease programs offered in Missouri. Additionally, Missouri County Health Department provides the self-management programs to 12 county areas reaching rural, underserved populations.

AAEBIs Offered:

  • Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
  • Arthritis Toolkit
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
  • Enhance®Fitness
  • Walk With Ease

Key Partners:

  • University of Missouri Extension
  • Mississippi County Health Department
  • Humana

Contact Information

Beth Richards

Missouri Arthritis Program Director

1205 University Avenue; Suite 1100

573.884.1220 | richardsjo@missouri.edu

Missouri Arthritis Program website

Montana Arthritis Program

The Montana Arthritis Program (MAP) is working to implement four exercise and one self-management education program in local communities throughout the state. In addition, MAP partners with health departments, hospitals, medical clinics, cooperative extension agents, gyms, and Centers for Independent Living (CIL’s) to grow them into sustainable, arthritis intervention program delivery partners. Since 2012, MAP has maintained a newly established arthritis program within the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. MAP has also been successful in collaborating with several other programs across the department to expand dissemination of arthritis intervention programs.

AAEBIs Offered:

  • Active Living Every Day
  • Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
  • Enhance®Fitness
  • Walk with Ease (group and self-directed)

Key Partners:

  • Montana Cancer Control Program
  • Montana State University Extension
  • Local Health Departments

Contact Information

Heather Welch
Program Manager
1400 Broadway, Helena, MT 59620
406-444-0958 | hwelch@mt.gov

Montana Arthritis Program website

New York Arthritis Program

The New York State Arthritis Program aims to improve the quality of life and health outcomes among New Yorkers with arthritis. Major activities support the strategic goals to increase access, use, and availability of arthritis-appropriate evidence-based self-management education and physical activity programs statewide.

AAEBIs Offered:

  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
  • Enhance®Fitness
  • Tomando Control de su Salud
  • Walk With Ease (self-directed)

Key Partners:

  • Alliance of New York State YMCAs
  • New York State Office for the Aging
  • Independent Living Centers

Contact Information

Nancy Katagiri, MPH, CPH
Arthritis Program Coordinator
150 Broadway, Suite 350 Albany, NY 12204-2719
518-408-5142 | nancy.katagiri@health.ny.gov

New York State Arthritis Program website

Oregon Arthritis Program

The Oregon Health Authority Arthritis Program (OAP) is working in collaboration with partners in the public and private sectors to reduce the impact of arthritis in Oregon through a public health approach. The goal is to raise awareness about the burden of arthritis and provide self-management education and physical activity programs in Oregon to help people take care of themselves and be more physically active.

AAEBIs Offered:

  • Better Choices, Better Health program (Online Chronic Disease Self-Management Program)
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
  • Enhance®Fitness
  • Tomando Control de Su Salud
  • Walk with Ease

Key Partners:

  • Oregon State University Extension Services
  • Local County Health Departments
  • Oregon Walks

Contact Information

Janet H. Hinkel
OAP Program Coordinator
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 730
Portland, OR 97232.
971-673-3182 | janet.h.hinkel@state.or.us

Oregon Arthritis Program website

Pennsylvania Arthritis Program

The Pennsylvania Arthritis Program (PA AP) is housed under the Bureau of Health Promotion & Risk Reduction at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. PA AP works with major medical systems, independent organizations, and nonprofits to promote statewide adoption of Walk with Ease, Enhance®Fitness, and the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.

AAEBIs Offered:

  • Enhance®Fitness
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
  • Walk With Ease

Key Partners:

  • WellSpan Health
  • Health Promotion Council
  • YMCAs

Contact Information

Adam Overmiller
Public Health Program Administrator
Room 1000, Health & Welfare Building
625 Forster Street; Harrisburg, PA 17120
717-547-3208 | aovermille@pa.gov

Pennsylvania Arthritis Program website

Rhode Island Arthritis Program

The Rhode Island Department of Health Arthritis Program has a mission to increase access, availability, and use of AAEBIs. The Rhode Island Department of Health collaborates with the Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center, the Rhode Island Parent Information Network, and the Federal Hill House Association to promote these programs statewide. The Rhode Island Department of Health is also working with the Own Your Health Collaborative to make AAEBIs available statewide. Rhode Island’s goal is to have these programs offered at different community centers within Rhode Island.

AAEBIs Offered:

  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
  • Enhance®Fitness
  • Tomando Control de su Salud
  • Walk with Ease (Group Led and Self-Directed)

Key Partners:

  • Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center
  • Rhode Island Parent Information Network
  • Federal Hill House Association
  • Own Your Health Collaborative

Contact Information

Jasmine Franco
Arthritis Program Manager
3 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908
401-222-4520 | Jasmine.Franco@health.ri.gov

Rhode Island Arthritis Program website

South Carolina Arthritis Program

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Division of Healthy Aging (DHA) and the Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging has a goal to help people with arthritis learn to manage their arthritis, reduce joint pain and live a healthy active life. DHA recently expanded its reach by offering Enhance®Fitness statewide, and promoting Walk with Ease to National Diabetes Prevention Program participants in South Carolina.

AAEBIs Offered:

  • Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
  • Enhance®Fitness
  • Walk with Ease

Key Partners:

  • Eat Smart Move More South Carolina
  • County Health Departments (Community Systems Teams)
  • South Carolina’s SNAP Education Implementing Agencies

Contact Information

Michele James
Division of Healthy Aging Director
2600 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 898-0349 | jamesmd@dhec.sc.gov

SC Division of Healthy Aging website

Utah Arthritis Program

The Utah Arthritis Program (UAP) works to improve the quality of life of people affected by arthritis through the dissemination and promotion of AAEBIs. UAP continues to strengthen influential partnerships in order to expand and build sustainable AAEBI programming.

AAEBIs Offered:

• Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
• Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
• Enhance®Fitness
• Tomando Control de su Salud
• Walk with Ease

Key Partners:

• Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
• Community-based Organizations
• Healthcare Organizations
• Local Health Departments

Contact Information

Nichole Shepard
Program Manager
PO Box 142107, SLC, UT 84114
801-538-6259 | nshepard@utah.gov

Utah Arthritis Program website

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