Montana Arthritis Program
The Montana Arthritis Program, in collaboration with the Arthritis Foundation, is working to improve the quality of life for people affected by arthritis and other rheumatic conditions. The prevalence of arthritis has risen 12% among Montana adults from 24% in 2001 to 28% in 2009. Among Montana adults with arthritis, 46% report being limited in their usual activities because of joint symptoms.
The mission of the Montana Arthritis Program is to increase access to, and the use of, arthritis appropriate interventions among Montanans who have reported having arthritis. Addressing the burden of arthritis requires coordinated and collaborative efforts among many types of organizations. Together the Montana Arthritis Program and the Arthritis Foundation have partnered with sites throughout the state to implement the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) and the Walk With Ease Program(WWEP). Read the success stories of some of the program participants.