Montana Arthritis Program

Arthritis is one the most common chronic disease and is the leading cause of disability.
The prevalence of arthritis in Montana is consistently higher than the overall US prevalence.

Bar graph showing that Montana arthritis rates from 2011-2015 have consitantly been higher than the national average.

Montana Arthritis Program Goals

  • The Montana Arthritis Program mission is to increase access to, and the use of, arthritis appropriate interventions among Montanans who report having arthritis.
  • The Montana Arthritis Program is working to improve the quality of life for Montanans affected by arthritis and other rheumatic conditions by increasing awareness how to prevent and reduce arthritis joint pain through evidence-based programs.
  • The Montana Arthritis Program collaborates with the Arthritis Foundation, CDC Arthritis Program, National Association for Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), and local community organization to bring awareness of the burden of arthritis in Montana and arthritis exercise and self-management programs to decrease joint pain and stiffness and improve daily function for individuals living with arthritis.
  • The Montana Arthritis Program works with local organizations to implement arthritis approved evidence-based classes: