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The Arthritis Foundation Upper Midwest Region
Last updated on April 1, 2015


To improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control & cure of arthritis and related conditions.

Arthritis Foundation efforts center on the three-fold mission of the organization: research, prevention and quality of life. In 2007, the Foundation provided nearly $14 million in grants to more than 200 researchers to help find cures, preventions or better treatments for arthritis. Over its 60-year history, the Arthritis Foundation’s $400 million investment to more than 2,200 researchers 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
• 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 46 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 nearly 150,000 people per year.

For centuries men and women, young and old, have been affected by a disease in which little was known except its symptoms. But in 1948, a group of scientists and physicians came together to take action against this condition called arthritis. Perhaps heartened by breakthroughs in medicine, this community of scientists envisioned a day when a cure for arthritis would be discovered and the millions of people with arthritis would no longer suffer. Their actions resulted in the formation of the Arthritis Foundation.

Contact person: Megan Cooley, Community Development Manager, (phone), (email)

Office fax number: (608) 277-0631


 5936 Seminole Centre Court
Suite 211

Madison, WI 53711
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Last updated on April 1, 2015

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