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Mission Statement

The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.

Established in 1948, AF is a volunteer-driven, national nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for over 120 types of arthritis including:

  • rheumatoid arthritis;
  • juvenile arthritis;
  • osteoporosis;
  • lupus;
  • osteoarthritis;
  • gout;
  • back pain;
  • psoriatic arthritis
  • ankylosing spondylitis;
  • fibromylagia;
  • tendonitis/bursitis;
  • scleroderma; and
  • carpal tunnel syndrome.

The Northern California Office is located in San Francisco and serves 16 counties--from the Oregon border to Carmel--including:

  • Del Norte;
  • Humboldt;
  • Sonoma;
  • Lake;
  • Napa;
  • Solano;
  • Marin;
  • Contra Costa;
  • Alameda;
  • Mendocino;
  • San Francisco;
  • San Mateo;
  • Santa Clara;
  • San Benito;
  • Santa Cruz; and
  • Monterey.


The Arthritis Foundation Northern California Office:

  • partners with community organizations to provide people with arthritis access to evidence-based physical activity programs (aquatic exercise, land-based exercise, tai chi & walking)
  • offers free educational seminars & patient education brochures
  • provides support and activities for children with Juvenile Arthritis & their families
  • referrals to local rheumatologists, support groups
  • funds arthritis research both locally and nationally
  • provides physicians with continuing medical education in the form of the annual Knowles Lecture
  • offers the Summer Science Intership Program which provides top-notch HS juniors and seniors & college frosh & sophomores the ability to work in arthritis research at UCSF & Stanford.




Is the #1 cause of disability in the US.

2/3 of all cases are in people UNDER the age of 65, including 300,000 children - more than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and sickle cell anemia combined. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis is one of the most common chronic childhood diseases & CA has more cases than any other state (38,000).

Refers to more than 120 different diseases - many of which include joint and organ inflammation - whose common denominators are chronic pain & loss of mobility.

Over 50 million people have doctor diagnosed arthritis in the US. Locally, 2 million Northern Californians have some form of arthritis.

Arthritis limits the activities and work of 21 million Americans.

In 2011, the cost to the US economy of arthritis was $128 billion in direct medical expense and lost wages.


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