People of all ages, sexes and races suffer from arthritis. It is the leading cause of disability in the United States.

More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis. It is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people age.

Arthritis is not a single disease; it refers to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. 

SOPHE’s journal, Health Promotion Practice offers the following articles:

Overcoming Barriers to Walk With Ease Implementation in Community Organizations

The Feasibility of Recruiting and Training Lay Leaders During Real-World Program Delivery and Scale-up: The Case of Walk With Ease

Developing a Primary Care–Focused Intervention to Engage Patients With Osteoarthritis in Physical Activity: A Stakeholder Engagement Qualitative Study

Determining the Long-Term Effectiveness of a Group-Based Physical Activity Program

SOPHE’s journal, Health Education & Behavior offers the following articles:

Tailoring First Aid Courses to Older Adults Participants

Effects of a Self-Directed Nutrition Intervention Among Adults With Chronic Health Conditions

Pinning to Cope: Using Pinterest for Chronic Pain Management

Community-Partnered Evaluation of the Aging Mastery Program in Los Angeles Area Senior Centers

SOPHE Webinars

SOPHE’s free Arthritis and Healthy Aging Youtube Playlist provides distance education to health educators and other professionals for chronic disease management of arthritis.

View These webinars on-demand at SOPHE’S E-Learn at Core.”

Additional Resources

The Arthritis Foundation has made pain management a top priority – helping those with chronic arthritis pain to improve their quality of life.

This initiative began in 2020 with the Mandate for Action report . It continues with the report, How It Hurts: Annual Findings on the Impact of Arthritis Pain. The report highlights data from Live Yes! INSIGHTS study, one of the nation’s largest collections of validated patient-reported outcomes data from adults living with arthritis. This ongoing study shows that chronic arthritis pain is an intense and constant presence in a patient’s life and cannot be ignored.