Arthritis is one of the most pressing public health problems in the United States of America affecting one in five persons. More families are affected by arthritis than any other illness. Our mission is to promote health and hope for persons with arthritis and other related health conditions. We focus on those with the greatest risk of poor health from these conditions, the most need, and the least resources. We teach and encourage safe and appropriate self-management skills using evidenced-based programming facilitated by health professionals. Our programs focus on education, adaptive exercise, and ongoing support.
The Community Arthritis/Chronic Disease Project is a 13- year collaborative effort with the Department of Social Services-Senior Nutrition Program and The Department of Social Services Community Resource Division. The project is an innovative, service-intense, collaborative public health project that takes evidence-based chronic disease self-management services to the people that need them the most. That often includes inner city or rural elderly individuals that are served through the Mecklenburg County hot lunch program. Nearly 90% of our program’s participants improve in one or more of the following areas measured: pain, activities of daily living, social health, mental health, physical fitness and self-efficacy.
Click here for more information about arthritis services, or to find a class in your area, contact Cindy Berrier a firstname.lastname@example.org.