243325 Building a Unique Partnership to Serve People With Arthritis in the Hispanic Community

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 5:30 PM

Mary B. Waterman, MPH , Public Health Department, Arthritis Foundation, Washington, DC
Patience White, MD , Public Health Department, Arthritis Foundation, Washington, DC
Edgar Gil, MBA , Center for Science and Policy, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, Washington, DC
Magdalena Castro-Lewis , Center for Community Services, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, Washington, DC
Arthritis, the most common cause of disability in the United States, is a growing public health problem that impacts daily-life activities, work, and joint pain for all racial/ethnic groups. According to recent NHIS data, 11 percent of Hispanic adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Data also shows that Hispanics have a higher proportion of arthritis-attributable work limitation and severe joint pain in comparison to non Hispanic whites, limiting activities for almost half of those diagnosed with arthritis. Additionally, there is evidence that those with arthritis in the Hispanic population may under utilize certain health services for their arthritis and often face greater barriers to traditional sources of medical information. To address the growing burden of arthritis in the Hispanic community, the Arthritis Foundation (AF) and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (NAHH) joined together in a unique partnership to learn how to best engage communities. The AF and the NAHH hosted a partnership meeting involving representatives of Hispanic organizations and regional AF offices from six states. The purpose of the meeting was to develop ways to improve community partnerships to better serve the Hispanic community affected by arthritis. The development, implementation, evaluation, and best practices illuminated by the partnership activities will be presented, along with current and future activities both locally and nationally that resulted from the partnership meeting, including policy and program issues. Additionally, recommendations for future arthritis prevention and control initiatives targeted to this population will be discussed.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Define the burden of arthritis in the Hispanic population Describe the benefits of public health partnerships Discuss partnership activities nationally and in six

Keywords: Arthritis, Hispanic

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I oversee the partnership activities.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.