California Arthritis Partnership Program (CAPP)
The California Arthritis Partnership Program (CAPP) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Californians affected by arthritis and other rheumatic conditions by increasing access to and use of evidence-based physical activity and self-management interventions through working with local public health departments, community-based organizations, and health systems; strengthening partnerships with other chronic disease and risk-factor programs; educating various audiences on the burden and impact of arthritis, and delivering key public health messages. CAPP was established in 1999 with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Arthritis, the leading cause of disability in the United States, affects more than 52 million Americans and over 5.9 million Californians (20%). Early diagnosis and appropriate management of arthritis can help people with arthritis decrease pain, improve function, and stay productive. Arthritis affects a large proportion of California adults who also have other chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity. The presence of arthritis may contribute to additional barriers to adopting healthier lifestyles.
Key Public Health Messages: 1) Learn self-management techniques to manage arthritis; 2) Be physically active; 3) Maintain a healthy weight; 4) Protect your joints; and 5) Speak with a health care professional.