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The Michigan Arthritis Program (MAP) acts to improve the quality of life among people with arthritis by providing statewide support and infrastructure for implementation, expansion, and coordination of evidence-based self-management and physical activity programs: PATH–Personal Action Toward Health (the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program) and Enhance®Fitness (EF).

The MAP engages partners by building and sustaining statewide networks, including

What You Should Know About Arthritis

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States and it limits the activities of more than one million adults in Michigan.

Arthritis includes more than 100 different rheumatic diseases and conditions, the most common of which is osteoarthritis. Other forms of arthritis that occur often are rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, and gout. Symptoms include pain, aching, stiffness, and swelling in or around the joints. For additional information on arthritis, please see the CDC Arthritis page.

Why is Arthritis a Public Health Concern?

Arthritis is a public health concern because:
  • It is common. 2.35 Michigan adults or 31% of the population age 18 and older reported doctor-diagnose arthritis in 2011. (2011 Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Survey)
  • It is costly. The estimated direct and indirect costs of arthritis and other rheumatic conditions in Michigan in 2003 were $5.6 billion. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National and state medical expenditures and lost earnings attributable to arthritis and other rheumatic conditions-United States, 2003. MMWR 2007; 56:4-7.)
  • It can be managed. We know that evidence-based self-management and physical activity programs, such as PATH and EnhanceFitness, can improve the quality of life of people with arthritis.
For a brief overview of arthritis, including its impact on people and society as well as what increases risk and what helps to improve quality of life, view the Michigan Arthritis Fact Sheet (updated June 2013).

Para obtener información sobre artritis en español por favor visite a Arthritis Foundation or Centros Para El Control y Prevención de Artritis.

For additional information:

Karen McCloskey
Arthritis Program Coordinator

517-335-1236
McCloskeyK@michigan.gov

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