Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
In 2010, the Arthritis Foundation and the CDC joined together to launch "A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis." This blueprint for action recommended reducing the burden of osteoarthritis (OA) using four intervention areas:
- self-management education
- physical activity
- injury prevention
- weight management
Out of that partnership the first coalition focusing specifically on OA, the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA) was established in 2011. Since its launch, the OAAA has grown to include over 40 member organizations -- including the International Council on Aging -- representing stakeholders in the fields of arthritis, aging, chronic disease prevention and public health.
National Institutes for Arthritis, Muscoloskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
The Arthritis Foundation played an integral part in lobbying for the creation of NIAMS and continues to advocate for its continued and increased funding from Congress every year. The Arthritis Foundation and NIAMS have partnered on many projects through the years, including a recent funding agreement, where the Arthritis Foundation has committed almost $500,000 to fund new genetic research that could revolutionize the way in which rheumatoid arthritis is diagnosed and treated. For more information, please visit www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info .
Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA)
The Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) is a national organization of pediatric rheumatologists committed to advancing the health and quality of life of children living with rheumatic disease. With financial support from the Arthritis Foundation, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and others, CARRA's network of pediatric rheumatology research centers provides an accessible point of entry for patients and families across the United States and Canada to participate in research studies and trials of new therapies.
The American College of Rheumatology (ACR)
The Arthritis Foundation and the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) have a long-standing partnership concentrating on increased patient and professional education, government funding of arthritis research through NIAMS, access to appropriate healthcare from qualified pediatric and adult rheumatologists, and aiding access to effective medication and other treatment options. For more information, please visit www.rheumatology.org/.