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Arthritis Foundation Releases First CBD Guidance for Adults With Arthritis

September 24, 2019

The Arthritis Foundation, in partnership with top experts in arthritis pain and CBD, offers patients a practical, first-of-its-kind resource with answers to their most common questions.

The Arthritis Foundation Debunks Arthritis Myths and Misconceptions Through Its "Let's Get a Grip on Arthritis" Cause Campaign

May 21, 2019

The Arthritis Foundation is challenging all Americans to "Get a Grip on Arthritis" to help eradicate the disease once and for all.

Paige Goehner Raises Arthritis Awareness

March 22, 2019

For juvenile arthritis (JA) Warrior and baking extraordinaire Paige Goehner, the kitchen gave her the space to show off her incredible skills and inspire people with arthritis, including the 300,000 kids with JA, to reach for their dreams and overcome the limitations of the debilitating disease.

What Americans Don't Know About Arthritis May Surprise You

December 20, 2018

More than 4 in 5 Americans (81 percent) have arthritis and/or know someone with arthritis* and 85 percent of Americans believe that arthritis needs more public attention.* However, the disease is still widely misunderstood by the general public.

James Bradberry Chooses the Arthritis Foundation for the NFL’s “My Cleats, My Cause” Initiative

November 20, 2018

The Arthritis Foundation is excited to announce that James Bradberry, NFL player for the Carolina Panthers, chose the Arthritis Foundation as the nonprofit he is supporting for the NFL’s “My Cleats, My Cause” initiative.

Juvenile Arthritis Patients and Parents Share Their Perspectives with Health Care Leaders to Shape the Future of Drug Development

August 2, 2018

Arthritis Foundation and CARRA (Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance) Host Externally-led Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) Patient-Focused Drug Development Meeting

Cultivating a New Generation of Rheumatologists: Arthritis Foundation Awards Fellowships to Five Universities

June 8, 2018

As part of a multi-year commitment to address the rheumatologist shortage, the Arthritis Foundation granted five fellowship awards to universities dedicated to expanding the number of rheumatologists.

The Arthritis Foundation Asks Americans to Support Its "Lets Get a Grip on Arthritis" Campaign Until a Cure is Found

May 1, 2018

In honor of Arthritis Awareness Month, the Arthritis Foundation is asking all Americans to rally and support its new cause campaign “Let’s Get a Grip on Arthritis,” so the disease can be eradicated once and for all.

Arthritis Patients Help the Arthritis Foundation Select Scientific Projects That Show Promise Towards Finding a Cure for Arthritis

June 19, 2017

As part of the 2016 Delivering on Discovery awards, the Arthritis Foundation awarded nearly $3.5 million in funding to six scientists for projects submitted that show remarkable innovations and steps towards finding a cure for arthritis and related diseases.

Arthritis Foundation Proclaims a Patient Advocacy “Win” Through Its Work with the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER)

April 10, 2017

The Arthritis Foundation worked with ICER to consider the unique and varying cases of people with RA by reviewing their work, engaging in meetings, submitting written comments, providing patient experience data and engaging patients.

Matt Iseman Wins NBC’s Season 8 of “The New Celebrity Apprentice,” Resulting in a $923,329 Donation to the Arthritis Foundation

February 14, 2017

Matt Iseman, “The New Celebrity Apprentice” winner and host of “American Ninja Warrior,” competed against 15 celebrities, fighting to raise funds and awareness for the Arthritis Foundation.

Arthritis Foundation Launches “Prescription for Access” Toolkit to Support People With Arthritis

January 31, 2017

The Arthritis Foundation recently launched the Prescription for Access Toolkit, which helps patients better understand their health care coverage options, determine how their current plan meets their arthritis care needs, as well as guides them through the claim denial process.

American College of Rheumatology and Arthritis Foundation Host ‘Arthritis 101’ Briefing on Capitol Hill

January 31, 2017

American College of Rheumatology Experts (ACR) and the Arthritis Foundation held an “Arthritis 101” Congressional briefing about arthritis and its impact on constituents and the U.S. healthcare system. The event was co-sponsored by Congressional Arthritis Caucus co-chairs Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and David McKinley (R-WV) and moderated by former U.S. Senator Tim Hutchinson (R-AR).

Arthritis Foundation to Host Osteoarthritis Patient-Focused Drug Development Meeting

January 9, 2017

The Arthritis Foundation announced they are hosting an Osteoarthritis (OA) Patient-Focused Drug Development (PFDD) meeting in the Washington, D.C. area on March 8, 2017, which will provide the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other regulatory agencies, drug developers, health care providers and academic researchers an opportunity to hear directly from patients, about the signs and symptoms that matter most to them.

The Arthritis Foundation Applauds the Cancellation of the Medicare Part B Demonstration

December 20, 2016

The Arthritis Foundation, along with its network of more than 135,000 Advocates, is celebrating a massive victory today with the cancellation of the Medicare Part B Demonstration proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) aimed at changing medication reimbursement.

Arthritis Foundation Claims 21st Century Cures Act a Victory for All Americans

December 13, 2016

Funding for research and development provides additional hope for the more than 50 million Americans living with arthritis.

Dr. Rowland W. (Bing) Chang Takes the Helm as New Board Chair of the Arthritis Foundation

December 2, 2016

Nationally-acclaimed physician and researcher, Dr. Rowland (Bing) Chang, assumes the role of board chair for the Arthritis Foundation.

Arthritis Foundation Awards Those Who Made a Significant Impact in the Arthritis Community

November 8, 2016

Learn more about the awards presented at the Arthritis Foundation's Conference of Champions, where hundreds of constituents, volunteers, staff, scientists and researchers, gather to rally and strategize about conquering arthritis.

Arthritis Foundation Hosts Hundreds of Volunteers at 2016 Conference of Champions Meeting

October 25, 2016

On November 3-4 at the Grand Hyatt Denver, Arthritis Foundation volunteers from around the country will come together to connect with experts, leaders, influencers and fellow volunteers at the 2016 Conference of Champions.

Massage Envy and Arthritis Foundation Unite to Help Conquer the No.1 Cause of Disability in the U.S.

September 21, 2016

During Massage Envy's sixth annual Healing Hands for Arthritis, 1,150 Massage Envy franchised locations will donate $10 to the Arthritis Foundation for every 60-minute massage or facial session performed on September 28, 2016. Learn more!

Arthritis Foundation Survey Finds Nearly 3 in 4 Arthritis Patients Engaged with the Foundation Struggle with Arthritis Daily

September 6, 2016

The Arthritis Foundation conducted a nationwide survey, commissioned by Harris Poll, to gain a deeper understanding of the everyday challenges faced by people living with arthritis.

Arthritis Foundation Expands Annual Juvenile Arthritis Conference to Two Locations

July 11, 2016

Kicking off during Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, the Arthritis Foundation is hosting two Juvenile Arthritis Conferences over the next five weeks. Almost 2,000 children and family members – a record attendance number – will gather in Phoenix, July 14–17, and Philadelphia, Aug. 11–14, to learn more about coping with their disease and meet other families who share their journey.

Massage Envy and Arthritis Foundation Together Win Cause Marketing Forum Award

June 2, 2016

Massage Envy and the Arthritis Foundation have been named winners of a Gold Cause Marketing Halo Award in the Best Transactional Campaign category for their Healing Hands Bring a Powerful Punch Against Arthritis campaign.

CARRA Hosts Annual Scientific Meeting in Toronto

April 13, 2016

The annual scientific meeting of the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) opens on April 13, 2016 in Toronto and over the next five days will draw more than 430 physicians, nurses, parents, patients, and representatives from advocacy organizations in an effort to develop, design and operationalize specific research projects that answer important questions about pediatric rheumatic diseases.

Arthritis Foundation’s Advocacy Summit Fights for Awareness and a Cure

March 11, 2016

The Arthritis Foundation is hosting its annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C to provide attendees with advocacy education and the opportunity to learn how to advocate to state and federal lawmakers and regulators.

Arthritis Foundation Awards Nearly $5.5 Million in Scientific Discovery Funding

Feb 3, 2016

The Arthritis Foundation has announced that 11 scientists from across the United States and Canada were selected as the 2015 Scientific Discovery Awardees for their innovations toward finding a cure for arthritis and related diseases. The winners were selected from 167 proposals, with awards ranging in amounts from $216,000 to $1.35 million.

Arthritis Introspective Joins Arthritis Foundation

Jan 7, 2016

The Arthritis Foundation welcomes Arthritis Introspective into the Arthritis Foundation family, as part of an expanding range of resources that provide help and support to people with all types of arthritis and related conditions.

Arthritis Foundation Honors Champions of Yes

Nov 23, 2015

During the Arthritis Foundation’s Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Nov. 19-20, the Foundation recognized volunteers and staff who embody the organization’s Champion of Yes spirit by helping people living with arthritis lead better lives and find everyday victories.

Arthritis Foundation’s Annual Meeting Brings the Power of Yes to the Big Easy

Nov 19, 2015

The Arthritis Foundation is committed to being a Champion of Yes for people living with the disease and will focus on its approach to conquering arthritis during the 2015 Arthritis Foundation Annual Meeting in New Orleans during November 19-20 at the InterContinental. The Annual Meeting brings together experts, leaders, staff and volunteers from around the country to build momentum, share plans and ideas for the future and celebrate success.

Arthritis Foundation-Supported Study Leads to Osteoarthritis Breakthrough

Nov 16, 2015

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) recently announced results from an Arthritis Foundation-supported study that determined which biomarkers have the greatest ability to measure early progression of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, which will better-predict treatment response and could lead to improved individualized treatment and care.

Massage Envy Raises $1.1 Million for the Arthritis Foundation

Nov 13, 2015

On Nov. 13, 2015, Massage Envy announced that its more than 1,100 franchises across the U.S., which joined forces for the annual Healing Hands for Arthritis event, raised $1,107,892 for the Arthritis Foundation. The partnership, now in its fifth year, is built on Massage Envy’s commitment and promise to help people feel their best.

Arthritis Foundation and Massage Envy Honored at IFA Gives Back Awards

Sept 28, 2015

The International Franchise Association (IFA) Educational Foundation announced today the winners of its inaugural Franchising Gives Back Awards, which included Arthritis Foundation and Massage Envy, who were honored at a special event on Sept. 28, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Massage Envy and Arthritis Foundation Join Forces for 5th Annual Healing Hands for Arthritis Event

Sept 16, 2015

With the joint purpose to help people feel their best by conquering every day battles, Massage Envy and the Arthritis Foundation are leveraging their national partnership to host the fifth annual Healing Hands for Arthritis® (HHFA). The one-day national fundraising and awareness event will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at over 1,000 Massage Envy locations across the country.

Hope for Juvenile Arthritis Cause Grows in Orlando this JA Awareness Month

July 23, 2015

This week, approximately 700 children will visit the happiest place on earth with one mission (or two missions if you count riding Space Mountain) – to learn more about their disease and build friendships with others from across the country living with juvenile arthritis (JA).

Arthritis Foundation Designates Advil® First “Champion for Life” Corporate Sponsor

July 15, 2015

Advil and Arthritis Foundation Team Up to Improve the Lives of People Living With Arthritis

Arthritis Foundation Champions and Applauds Passage of 21st Century Cures Act

July 10, 2015

Foundation’s push for state and federal health care legislation in first half of 2015 advances agenda for people living with arthritis

Arthritis Foundation Spotlights Everyday Wins, Introduces Champion of Yes Brand

May 4, 2015

First rebrand in organization’s history launches during National Arthritis Awareness Month.

It’s Walk to Cure Arthritis Season

April 2, 2015

Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation’s signature fundraising event series that unites communities across the country to put an end to arthritis.

Arthritis Foundation Supports Legislation to Ensure Access to Innovative Treatments

March 24, 2015

The Patients’ Access to Treatments Act (PATA), introduced by Reps. David B. McKinley (R-WV) and Lois Capps (D-CA), will limit cost-sharing requirements for medications placed in a specialty tier.

Advocating for a Cure for Arthritis

March 23, 2015

The 2015 Advocacy Summit starts today in Washington DC.

Let Your Voice Be Heard

March 5, 2015

Send a letter to Congress to let them know that more needs to be done for people with arthritis.

Guidance for Help With Medication Cost Now Available

February 2, 2015

Three new Arthritis Foundation guides to prescription co-pay support and financial assistance for specific arthritis drugs are now available online.

"Cake": A Painful Slice of Life

January 7, 2015

Arthritis Foundation President and CEO, Ann Palmer, shares her thoughts and insights after a recent town hall panel discussion on chronic pain.

Ann Palmer to Join Jennifer Aniston for “Cake” Movie Town Hall on Jan. 6

January 6, 2015

In connection with the upcoming nationwide release of a new motion picture about the devastating effects of chronic pain, the Arthritis Foundation has the unique opportunity to put arthritis and the work of our organization in the mainstream spotlight. Arthritis Foundation President and CEO Ann Palmer will join actress Jennifer Aniston for a town hall panel discussion in Los Angeles on Jan. 6, 2015. The panel Q&A will follow a special screening

Arthritis Foundation Selects Michael Ortman as Board Chair

November 24, 2014

The Arthritis Foundation today announced the selection of Michael Ortman as the chair of its board of directors. Ortman has served on the board of the national organization since 2011, and is the immediate past chair of the Arthritis Foundation’s Mid-Atlantic region.

In the Battle Against Juvenile Arthritis, Organizations Find Two is Better Than One

November 13, 2014

The Arthritis Foundation and the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) announce collaborative partnership

Arthritis Foundation to Host National Juvenile Arthritis Conference

July 01, 2014

Children with arthritis, caregivers, doctors and researchers from across the nation will convene in Keystone, Colo., for the Arthritis Foundation National Juvenile Arthritis Conference.

Arthritis Foundation CEO To Deliver Mercer University Commencement Address

May 07, 2014

Arthritis Foundation president and CEO Ann M. Palmer will deliver the keynote address at Mercer University’s Atlanta commencement ceremony Saturday, May 10, at 8:30 a.m..

CVS/pharmacy Becomes the Arthritis Foundation’s® Exclusive Drugstore ‘Partner for Better Living’℠

May 01, 2014

Shopping for arthritis-related products just got easier. Today, in conjunction with Arthritis Month, the Arthritis Foundation announced that CVS/pharmacy has become the only drugstore to receive the Arthritis Foundation’s ‘Partner for Better Living’ designation.

Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity Named 2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk Corporate Chair

April 07, 2014

ATLANTA -- The Arthritis Foundation today named Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity (AOII) as the national sponsor of the 2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis.

Arthritis Foundation Awards Rep. McKinley Advocacy Leadership Award

March 24, 2014

The Arthritis Foundation presented Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV), the Arthritis Foundation Advocacy Leadership Award.

Arthritis Foundation Announces New Walk Name and Logo

February 03, 2014

The Arthritis Foundation has unveiled a new name and logo for its signature fundraising walk event.

In the News

Arthritis Foundation Hosts Hundreds of Volunteers at 2016 Conference of Champions Meeting

October 25, 2016

On November 3-4 at the Grand Hyatt Denver, Arthritis Foundation volunteers from around the country will come together to connect with experts, leaders, influencers and fellow volunteers at the 2016 Conference of Champions.

Arthritis Foundation Continues to Monitor Health Benefits

March 20, 2014

As part of our commitment to ensure people with arthritis have access to the treatments they need, the Arthritis Foundation continues to monitor the coverage and policies of major insurers and pharmacy services.

Arthritis Foundation Confirms Drug Access for Express Scripts Customers

January 13, 2014

Discussions at the end of the year between Arthritis Foundation CEO Ann M. Palmer and Express Scripts, a leading pharmacy benefit management company, led to clarification of the company’s general formulary policies, with easing of a specific time-frame restriction.