About Us

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The Arthritis Foundation is the largest and most trusted nonprofit organization dedicated to conquering the challenges of people with arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability.

The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. We lead the fight for the arthritis community and help conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. Our goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another stride towards a cure.

Reach

The Arthritis Foundation, New England Region serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachuessets, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Prevalence

Arthritis is a serious and growing health crisis, striking 50 million Americans (one in every five adults) and about 300,000 children. In Rhode Island, more than 200,000 adults and 1,000 children are diagnosed with arthritis. It is a complex and incurable condition; two major types of arthritis alone – osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis – cost the U.S. economy more than $156 billion annually in lost wages and medical expenses.

Core Areas

Help & Support
Our goal is to help those with arthritis live life to its fullest – easing their pain and illuminating a path toward wellness. Through personalized information and support, we expertly guide individuals affected by arthritis in developing a customized plan for how to say Yes and make every step another victory.

Advocacy & Access
We are the authority on arthritis and have a strong voice at the state and federal levels. In telling the untold stories of those with arthritis to insurers and regulators, we work to make sure that all people with arthritis have access to optimal care and game-changing medicine. Through the Arthritis Foundation’s effective and committed nationwide advocacy network – now more than 100,000 members strong – we are working to address key issues on both the state and federal levels with lawmakers, insurers, employers and providers.

Scientific Discovery
Finding a cure for arthritis is, and always will be, a priority for the Arthritis Foundation. Science and technology is advancing every day, and the optimism and energy we pour into research and scientific discovery are helping pave the path toward progress. Last year, more than $1.8 million was provided in funding to local researchers within the New England Region.

Juvenile Arthritis
 The needs of families living with juvenile arthritis (JA) are unique and urgent. In the United States, an estimated 300,000 children have JA or other rheumatic conditions. Multiply that by their parents, siblings, extended family and others, and the number of people affected is astronomical. For almost seven decades, the Arthritis Foundation has upheld our unwavering promise to assist them and their caregivers. We’re boldly leading the JA fight, ensuring easy access to life-changing resources, community and care.