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Purpose and Goal of Request for Application: 

The Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA) is soliciting applications for approaches for using its online Implementation Guide to establish environmental and policy strategies for increasing physical activity among adults with osteoarthritis in one of six sectors defined in the guide.

The purpose of this program is to engage community organizations and to advance the objectives of the 2011 Environmental and Policy Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Adults With Arthritis report through its accompanying online Implementation Guide.

Successful applicants will implement one or more strategies outlined in the Implementation Guide.

Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis, is a leading cause of disability and is an under-recognized public health crisis. Currently, more than 27 million adults of all ages, races, and ethnicities have OA.

Physical activity is an important strategy for reducing the burden of OA. Physical activity is effective and safe, yet most adults with OA do not engage at recommended levels. Many do not understand or believe that an active life is within their reach.

To address this issue, the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA), Arthritis Foundation (AF), and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Arthritis Program began an initiative in response to recommendations contained in A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis (2010)The 2011 report, Environmental and Policy Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Adults With Arthritis, focuses on the benefits of physical activity and ways to make physical activity more convenient and accessible to people with arthritis.

Key Dates:
Letters of Intent due:
May 15, 2015

Applications due:
June 15, 2015

Up to $25,000 for 1 year

Download the RFA (PDF)

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