Arthritis is one of the most common chronic conditions in the United States and the world. In Wisconsin there are about 1.1 million adults (26%) who report having arthritis. Currently one in five adults in the United States report having arthritis.
Although arthritis is a leading cause of disability, there is hope: Effective treatments and programs are readily available. The Wisconsin Arthritis Program is dedicated to improving the health of people with arthritis and reducing complications for those with arthritis. Forming and and maintaining partnerships is essential for these tasks.
The Wisconsin Arthritis Program uses a state public health approach to reach persons with arthritis by:
- Promoting and assisting people with arthritis to participate in self-care programs.
- Assisting communities with community health communication campaigns.
- Describing Wisconsin's burden of arthritis using accurate information.
- Coordinating and expanding arthritis-related activities with the Wisconsin Arthritis Action Council.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded funds to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to establish an Arthritis Program. Wisconsin is one of 12 states with arthritis programs.