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  • The Arthritis Foundation is the source of help and hope for the nearly 70 million Americans who have arthritis. Formed in 1948, the Arthritis Foundation is the only national, voluntary health organization that works for all people affected by any of the more than 100 forms of arthritis or related diseases. Volunteers in chapters nation-wide help to support research, professional and community education programs, services for people with arthritis, government advocacy, and fund-raising activities.

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


Arthritis Foundation efforts center on the three-fold mission of the organization: research, prevention and quality of life. The Arthritis Foundation currently provides nearly $20 million in grants to nearly 300 researchers to help find a cure, prevention or better treatment for arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation’s sponsorship of research for more than 50 years has resulted in major treatment advances for most arthritis diseases.

The Arthritis Foundation also provides a large number of community-based services nationwide to make life with arthritis easier, including:
  • Self-help courses
  • Water and land-based exercise classes
  • Support groups
  • Home study groups
  • Instructional videotapes
  • Public forums
  • A wide variety of free educational brochures and booklets
  • The national, bimonthly consumer magazine Arthritis Today
  • Continuing education courses and publications for health professionals
Arthritis Foundation volunteers serve as advocates to local and national governments on behalf of the nearly 70 million Americans with arthritis and chronic joint symptoms. Their successes include the federal establishment of a national institute for arthritis among the National Institutes of Health, increased federal funding for arthritis research and state funding for arthritis medications. An Arthritis Foundation telephone and e-mail information service answers questions from more than 140,000 people per year.