Minnesota Arthritis Program
The Minnesota Arthritis Program has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Arthritis Foundation North Central Chapter, and community partners since 1999 to implement Arthritis in Minnesota: A Working Plan for Action.
The goals of the program are to:
- Promote evidence-based programs for people with arthritis. These programs include: The Arthritis Foundation Self-Help Program, The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, The Arthritis Foundation Aquatics Program and The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and Enhanced Fitness.
- Develop data and surveillance systems to better define the burden of arthritis in Minnesota and the quality and costs of care,
- Develop health communications strategies using a variety of techniques and channels to enhance health knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors of people with arthritis, their families and health care providers,
- Develop community-wide interventions to promote community-based prevention and management of arthritis and its disability,
- Promote systems change to improve quality of care in diagnosis and treatment for people with arthritis.
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