California Arthritis Partnership Program
Arthritis, the leading cause of disability in the United States, affects more than 50 million Americans and over 5.3 million Californians (22%). 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.
The California Arthritis Partnership Program (CAPP) improves the quality of life of Californians affected by arthritis and other rheumatic conditions by raising awareness of the importance of physical activity and self-management, and increasing access to evidence-based interventions.
CAPP was established in 1999 with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Initially responsible for developing state-based leadership and building capacity to address the burden of arthritis, the scope of the current arthritis program has expanded. Currently, CAPP employs a systems-based approach to expand the reach of arthritis interventions, creates sustainable partnerships to raise awareness about arthritis and increase access to programs, and collaborates with other chronic disease programs to promote systems change and increase early intervention for people with arthritis.