Our Mission

The Arthritis Foundation's mission is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.

What We Do

The Arthritis Foundation is nation’s leading organization committed to the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases affecting more than 50 million Americans, including 300,000 children.  We are leading the way in:

Access and Advocacy From your hometown to the halls of Congress — backed by 78,000 active E-Advocates — we’re helping change laws and make health care more accessible and affordable.

Medical Discovery We’ve invested half a billion dollars in research, leading to the first biologics for many forms of arthritis. We’re working every day to find a cure.

Help and Support We’re the most trusted source of information about arthritis and chronic joint pain.

Juvenile Arthritis We providing life-changing programs and support to children with juvenile arthritis and their families.

South Dakota is part of the Arthritis Foundation Upper Midwest Region, which serves 2.2 million people with arthritis and related diseases across four states. Through information, events, research grants, advocacy activities and other vital programs and services, we're raising awareness and funds to help reduce the unacceptable pain, disability and other burdens of this serious health epidemic.

We partner with families to provide empowering programs and information; advocate for state public policies that improve the lives of the families living with arthritis; and fund cutting-edge research in the region to develop new treatments and a cure.