Rural Health Activities Funded by CDC

1 in 3 adults in rural areas have arthritis.

Studies show that arthritis affects more people in rural communities than urban areas. In the most rural areas in the United States, one-third of adults have arthritis and over half of these adults report being limited in their activities by their arthritis.

On this page, you will find out how CDC’s Arthritis Program supports activities that promote the health of adults with arthritis in rural areas.

Proven Arthritis Programs in Rural Communities

CDC’s Arthritis Program funds 13 states through the State Public Health Approaches to Addressing Arthritis cooperative agreement which runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2023.

To address arthritis in rural communities, almost half of CDC’s new state arthritis grantees have plans to address easing arthritis symptoms, such as pain or physical limitations, in these underserved areas by implementing proven community-based, lifestyle management programs.

Learn more about states with rural health activities below.

State Arthritis Rural Health Activities

More Information

Learn more about the programs mentioned above and other CDC recognized lifestyle management programs for arthritis.

For data about how arthritis affects people in rural across the United States, see the MMWRPrevalence of Arthritis and Arthritis-Attributable Activity Limitation by Urban-Rural County Classification—United States, 2015.