The Arthritis Foundation improves thousands of lives through programs, services, information and referral, as well as professional and patient education.
Staff and volunteers conduct patient service programs including public forums, seminars, health fairs, self-help groups, support groups, speaking engagements, land and water exercises, Juvenile Arthritis summer camps and arthritis clinics. The Chapter conducts public education forums about arthritis and the programs and services of the Arthritis Foundation. Professional education and training are provided to healthcare professionals to increase knowledge of the disease for better treatment and care of arthritis patients.
The Florida Chapter receives no government funding and relies solely upon voluntary contributions from the public to underwrite significant research and provide vital community services.
The Chapter raises revenue through planned giving and major gifts, bequests and memorial donations and special events including the Arthritis Walk, Joints in Motion Program, Jingle Bell Run 5K Run, Black-tie galas and various other events conducted within the Chapter's eight Regions. The Arthritis Foundation has funded and sponsored research for over 50 years resulting in major treatment advances for many forms of arthritis. The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is three-fold: Research, Public Health and Public Policy.
Contact our Chapter Office for a copy of our 2011 Florida Chapter Annual Report.
The Arthritis Foundation is working hard to ensure that adequate patient protections are included in any patient's bill of rights. These include access to specialists, such as rheumatologists, access to clinical trials, and the right to both fair and timely internal and external appeals. All consumers must have health care choice and access. Let your Representative know how important and necessary these and other patient protections are and that they must be part of any patients' bill of rights considered by Congress.
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Life Improvement Series
The Arthritis Foundation's Life Improvement Series empowers people with arthritis through aquatic, exercise and self-help programs that are proven to increase mobility, reduce pain and stiffness, and physician visits. Learn more about warm water aquatic, exercise and tai chi programs.
The Arthritis Foundation offers education days, presentations and town hall meetings throughout the year about arthritis and managing the disease. Topics include stress and pain management, joint replacement options, new treatments of the disease and much, much more. View our upcoming programs by clicking here.
Volunteers and staff are here to answer your questions about arthritis and treatment issues. Call our toll free number at 800-672-0882 anytime for general questions and we'll work with you to find answers and resources or order information online by clicking here.