Types of Potential Partners

Partnering agencies and organizations can be found in all six sectors; examples of potential partners within the six sectors is shared below. It is important to note, however, that many potential partners do not fit neatly into one sector; some work across multiple sectors to accomplish their missions and serve their constituents. Collaboration both within and across sectors is encouraged to establish and sustain strong partnerships for boosting physical activity among adults with arthritis.

Community and Public Health

National, state, and local public health agencies; aging services; schools of public health; volunteer and non-profit organizations that work with communities and constituencies on arthritis and other issues of aging; faith-based institutions; and governmental and non-governmental organizations who could promote physical activity among their constituencies in a way that is safe and effective.

Health Care

Licensed health care professionals working with or serving adults in a variety of settings as providers; public and private insurers; and health care administrators and managers.

Transportation, Land Use, and Community Design

National, state, and local organizations, agencies, boards, and governing bodies that address transportation, development patterns, built environment, public spaces, public works, and community design and planning issues.

Business and Industry

Public and private employers, large and small, as well as worksite wellness programs, including those that provide access to fitness facilities and activities.

Park, Recreation, Fitness, and Sport

Public and private organizations invested in promoting, supporting, and providing recreation and fitness opportunities for children and adults.

Mass Media and Communication

Organizations that develop health communications or engage in public and private marketing of messages on the importance of physical activity for adults and available evidence-based interventions. 

National Organizations

Several national organizations helped sponsor the Report underlying this guide—Environmental and Policy Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Adults With Arthritis. Consider connecting with them to learn about what they are doing and if they have local entities or chapters in your state or community.

Academic Partners

Others Relevant National Organizations Include:

  • Athletic Trainers Chronic Pain Association
  • Occupational Therapy and Sports Medicine Professionals
  • Physical Therapy Associations
  • Health Educator Associations
  • Other chronic disease non-profits (American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society, etc.)
  • Diabetes Educator Associations
  • Everybody Walks
  • National Conference of State Legislators
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