OA awareness is important to CDC because it affects so many lives. In the US, among adults, arthritis impacts nearly 50 million people. Of that, over 27 million are impacted with osteoarthritis. We’re hoping to gain stronger partnerships in addressing osteoarthritis across the country because of the shear numbers of the people impacted by the disease. It’s bigger than any one organization, CDC, Arthritis Foundation, National Council on Aging, you name it. And together I think we have a much better chance if we’re strategic and thoughtful and we can execute the things that we say we’re going to do. We’ll have a much greater chance of decreasing the burden of osteoarthritis.
The CDC has two primary goals related to wanting to increase awareness of osteoarthritis. One has to do with making the programs and services more accessible and available to those in need of those programs and services, especially those who are disproportionately affected by osteoarthritis. And the second, related to this first, is because more people get access to these programs services will see better health outcomes as a result for people with osteoarthritis.