What We Do
The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Arthritis Foundation helps 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. We also publish Arthritis Today, the award-winning magazine that reaches 4.2 million readers. IMPACT OF COVID-19 - SPECIFIC NEEDS: How we are impacted: Individuals with underlying health conditions such as arthritis are the most at risk for contracting COVID-19. In an effort to maintain the safety and well-being of arthritis community as well as Arthritis Foundation staff members and volunteers the Foundation has moved to a completely virtual format. All events and meetings previously planned to take place in person will now be held virtually. How you can help: Our current priority is the safety and well-being of the arthritis community and their families. Sign up to be a Virtual Volunteer with the Arthritis Foundation. Over the next few weeks we need your help conducting general wellness check phone calls and ensuring that individuals living with arthritis are aware of the resources we have made available for them. The Arthritis Foundation leads the way in... ACCESS AND ADVOCACY | On Capitol Hill and Beyond People with arthritis face unique barriers to care: high costs of treatment, difficulty accessing medications, scarcity of specialists and more. It’s hard for any individual to fight the battle alone. But through our effective and committed advocacy network, the Arthritis Foundation is working to address key issues on both the state and federal levels with lawmakers, insurers and regulators, helping ease people’s burdens so they can reach their goals. SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY | For Better Treatments and a Cure Science holds the key to finding better treatments and one day a cure for the more than 50 million Americans with arthritis and related diseases. On their behalf, the Arthritis Foundation continues to lead and fund cutting-edge scientific investigation to discover more about arthritis – what causes it, what affects it, what can stop it – and what can keep it from developing in the first place. The Foundation’s new scientific strategy will lead to a faster cure by strengthening the research pipeline and engaging creative minds. HELP AND SUPPORT | When and Where People Need Us The Arthritis Foundation is expanding our reach to assist even more people with arthritis. We offer trusted information, powerful health tracking tools and ways to connect with others. The Foundation works with health care providers and other partners to strengthen our educational and interactive offerings. We’re also building a state-of-the-art digital enterprise so people with arthritis can customize their online experience, find local resources and live better than ever. JUVENILE ARTHRITIS | Our Unwavering Promise to Families 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. COMMUNITY AND CONNECTIONS | Making a Difference The Arthritis Foundation’s social media communities and fundraising events bring us all together. We help individuals and families with arthritis form meaningful connections and find ways to give back – getting the support they need while supporting others.
- Over 2 million adults and 8,400 children have been diagnosed with arthritis in North Carolina.
- Arthritis is the #1 cause of disability in the United States.
- The cost to the economy is staggering - $156 billion in costs of treatment, lost wages and other associated costs.
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