Arthritis Foundation - South Texas

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Arthritis Foundation Mission

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

The Issue:

InTexas, 4.1 million adults (age 18 and older) including nearly 25,000 children have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, of which 1.7 million report activity limitations severe enough to interfere with daily activities.

While the impact of arthritis cuts across all demographic groups, significant disparities are apparent in the data. Women are more affected by arthritis than men, as are African Americans and Whites. Those with lower educational levels and those making less than $25, 000 per year report higher rates of arthritis. Self-management interventions are highly effective in helping people manage arthritis symptoms, yet Texas data indicate that the use of these interventions fall short of the national recommendations. Lastly, while arthritis is rarely listed as the underlying cause of mortality, it is strongly associated with health problems that often result in increased mortality, such as heart disease and diabetes.

While the prevalence of arthritis and chronic joint symptoms have remained stable over the years reported, the prevalence of arthritis in adult Texans remains high, at 24 percent, or almost 1 in every 4 adults.

The prevalence of arthritis varied with educational attainment. Lower education levels were associated with a higher prevalence of arthritis and chronic joint symptoms. Respondents who reported graduating from college had statistically significantly lower rates of arthritis than those with less education.

Your commitment to supporting the Arthritis Foundation in Houston will help us beat the above statistics.

Your dollars:

The Arthritis Foundation uses 76 cents of every dollar to directly support critical arthritis research and vital community programs and services to improve the lives of people with arthritis.

Serve the more than 970,000 patients in the Houston area affected by arthritis (including 5,000 children)

Help more than 25 facilities in South Texas host over 100 community-based, land and water exercise programs and tai-chi classes each week

Host educational programs, health fairs, and community forums with leading physicians who can offer patients with arthritis opportunities to learn how to take better control of their disease

Help support the mission of the single largest private non-profit funder of arthritis research in the world that has:

Provided for more than $380 million in research nationwide since 1948, supporting 2,200 scientists at over 100 institutions

Provides more than $10 million in new research grants annually

Help us to actively recruit Arthritis Advocates and Ambassadors across the state to participate in the Arthritis Foundation’s annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C.and the bi-annual Arthritis Awareness Day in Austinwhich support arthritis legislation

Provides consumers with vital resources to cope with arthritis, including a free prescription drug assistance guide, Arthritis Today magazine, books, brochures, videos and a 1-800 referral line.