The CDC Arthritis Program funds 13 state programs through the DP18-1803, State Public Health Approaches to Addressing Arthritis, cooperative agreement. The aim of these state arthritis programs is to improve arthritis management and the quality of life of people with arthritis through four strategies.
CDC's Arthritis Program funds 13 state programs: Arkansas, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.
State arthritis programs use CDC funding to:
- Expand the availability and accessibility of arthritis appropriate, evidence-based interventions (AAEBIs), also known as lifestyle management programs, focusing on self-management education or physical activity.
- Increase health care providers’ patient counseling about the benefits of physical activity for reducing arthritis pain and limitations; and increase provider referrals of patients with arthritis to evidence-based lifestyle management programs.
- Promote walking as a way to manage arthritis symptoms.
- Raise awareness of the burden of arthritis and ways to manage it.
The DP18-1803 cooperative agreement is a 5-year funding opportunity that began on July 1, 2018, and ends June 30, 2023. It gives states an average funding of $289,000 each annually and builds on lessons from previous cooperative agreements. The funding opportunity emphasizes making lifestyle management programs available through large access networks and existing systems to help expand the access and use of them. You can learn about each state program below.
CDC-Funded Virginia Arthritis Program
The Virginia Arthritis Program (VAP) aims to expand the delivery of evidence-based lifestyle management programs and increase opportunities for walking throughout the state. VAP offers both physical activity programs and self-management education workshops. Also, they promote the use of a statewide, electronic health network tool called “No Wrong Door” and the “Arthritis Resource Finder” program locator to increase provider counseling and referral of patients to programs. VAP is also educating providers to better equip them with the skills to identify and treat arthritis. VAP also engages health care and service providers as members of the Virginia Arthritis Advisory Council and Virginia Arthritis Coalition to coordinate education, programs, and health care services for adults with arthritis.