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Arthritis Foundation, Inc.

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Causes: Arthritis, Arthritis Research, Health

Mission: A major activity of af is to seek the causes, cure, and prevention of the various forms of arthritis with research projects at both the university of california san francisco (ucsf) and stanford, as well as contributing to nationwide research funding. Continued on schedule o. It is committed to influencing public and private policy and decision making regarding research funding and access to care. It offers land and aquatic exercise programs, education and support groups, programs for children with juvenile arthritis, including a camp and a weekend retreat for teenagers. It provides information to the public in the form of brochures, newsletters, public forums, health fairs, speaker's bureau, an information and referral service and online information on the web.

Programs: Center of excellence (coe) for arthritis research: investigators and clinicians will work to 1) understand how our immune systems and our genetic profiles affect disease progression in rheumatoid arthritis (ra), 2) define the mechanisms by which ra worsens cardiovascular disease, 3) investigate the mechanisms of joint damage in juvenile idiopathic arthritis and ra, and 4) test whether a combination of small molecules with anti-inflammatory properties can affect osteoarthritis using a new imaging technique.

public health education: forges strategic alliances charged with informing and educating the american public by disseminating information via health fairs, materials, community awareness, arthritis foundation programs, and public relations initiatives.

patient and community services: evidence-based programs to assist with quality of life issues including, but not limited to, movement restrictions and emotional challenges.

professional education: grants to pediatric and adult rheumatology fellows at ucsf and stanford to encourage more doctors to enter the field and professional education for existing rheumatologists.

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Rating: 5

I have been a board member for the Northern CA Arthritis Foundation since 1996 and have found it to be the best nonprofit that I have ever worked with. They have marvelous programs and services for people with arthritis and support research and training in the Bay Area to a very high level. Their staff is first rate and their operating costs are very low compared to other nonprofits. You cannot go wrong supporting this worthwhile organization.