Conquering Childhood Arthritis

The Arthritis Foundation incorporates the participation of patients and their families in all aspects of our programs, ensuring that issues they care about guide our efforts.

Conquering Childhood Arthritis
Commonly referred to as patient engagement, these efforts to enlist the specialized knowledge of arthritis sufferers and their loved ones help to unravel the mysteries of juvenile rheumatic diseases. Personalized medicine - treatment and care based on the specific needs and condition of an individual patient - will eliminate the current trial-and-error approach.

The Arthritis Foundation partners with the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) to not only fund research for disease treatment options but also to activate large-scale patient engagement efforts to compare the effectiveness of different treatments both in the short- and long-term. Our partnership with CARRA ensures that issues important to patients and families guide the direction of research.

CARRA is a non-profit research organization of more than 500 physicians, researchers and other healthcare professionals throughout the US and Canada. Their membership includes more than 90% of the active pediatric rheumatologists in North America. 

Our support equips CARRA with the resources to enhance and expand research data collection that forms the basis for future studies and new discoveries. The Arthritis Foundation, with CARRA, are building a patient registry to help improve and standardize patient care and find cures for the many forms of juvenile rheumatic diseases.

Since 2002, the Arthritis Foundation has invested nearly $30 million toward childhood arthritis research through the generous support of our donors! Donors have enabled us to fund special research projects at our Juvenile Arthritis conferences, as well as the Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) Patient-Focused Drug Development meeting which the Arthritis Foundation co-hosted with CARRA. The results from this meeting will lend patient voices to the development of new FDA guidance for JIA research.

Donors also allow us to continue offering a variety of investigator-initiated grants in partnership with CARRA. These range from specific research support, through training and site support funding. Investigators can learn more about Arthritis Foundation-funded research opportunities on the CARRA Grants and Funding page.

As a member of the Patients, Advocates & Rheumatology Teams Network for Research & Service (PARTNERS), we are working with other consortium members to create a platform that includes the participation and voice of patients and families in research that they feel is most important to those living with the disease. When patients and families register with PARTNERS, information is collected about them, their illness, backgrounds, skills and interests that help identify the participation activities they will find most meaningful. Once registered, they will be informed of opportunities for participation within PARTNERS.

Opportunities may include:
  • Completing online surveys
  • Serving on a PARTNERS committee
  • Contribute personal experience and skills on projects
  • Contribute to research topic ideas and help write research study questions
  • Provide patient perspective to study design
  • Helping researchers communicate technical study results in a way that is more meaningful for patients and families

To find out more and join, visit PARTNERS. 

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Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

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Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.


Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000


Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.


Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.


Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.


Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.


Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.

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