State Plan

Kansas State Plan for Promoting the Health of People with Arthritis 2008 – 2013

Executive Summary

In 2006, the CDC estimated that as many as 46.4 million Americans had some form of doctor-diagnosed arthritis and an estimated 67 million adults will be affected by the disease by the year 2030. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States with 8.8% of the population reporting activity limitations attributable to arthritis and other rheumatic conditions. There are over 100 different types of arthritis. In addition to the physical and emotional stress caused by arthritis, the economic impact is remarkable. The national estimated medical expenditures and lost wages attributed to arthritis was approximately $128 billion ($80.8 billion in direct and $47.0 billion in indirect costs) in 2003.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Bureau of Health Promotion, has received special grant funding from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to work on issues related to Arthritis in Kansas. The federally funded program is called the Kansas Arthritis Program (KAP). The goal of the KAP is to “improve the quality of life for Kansans with arthritis”. Partnerships are essential in meeting the program goals, as such, KAP works in collaboration with a taskforce called “Arthritis Community Taskforce” (ACT). This State Plan for Arthritis was developed with input from that Taskforce and is endorsed by its members.

There are 4 overarching goals of the Kansas State Plan for Arthritis:

  1. Awareness – Increase the general awareness of arthritis and its impact on those who have it. The goal will be accomplished through a series of health education campaigns, partnerships with Kansas healthcare “systems”, and consumer education.
  2. Community-Based Interventions – Promote use of evidence-based self-management programs including the following: Arthritis Foundation Programs (exercise, aquatics and self-help), Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (Kansans Optimizing Health Program--Tools for Better Health) and Enhance Fitness /Seniors Together Enhance Physical Success-- (STEPS).
  3. Evaluation/Surveillance – Understand the successes and barriers of the Kansas Arthritis Program through collection and analysis of BRFSS survey data and a KAP call-back survey.
  4. Policy – Implement or change policy at the state, local and organization level to improve access to programs and support all strategies in the Kansas State Plan for Arthritis.

A complete copy of the Kansas State Plan for Arthritis can be found by clicking this link:

Kansas State Plan for Promoting the Health of People with Arthritis 2008-2013 |

2002 Arthritis in Kansas State Plan (.pdf)