The University of Arizona Arthritis Center, a Center of Excellence at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, has received the Arthritis Foundation’s Community Partner of the Year Award. The award recently was accepted by Eric P. Gall, MD, MACP, MACR, interim director and one of the founders of The University of Arizona Arthritis Center.
Arthritis affects 1.2 million Arizonans, including 6,000 children, according to the Arthritis Foundation. The Arthritis Foundation believes it is crucial to create community partnerships to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis.
The annual Community Partner of the Year Award is presented by the Arthritis Foundation’s Arizona Office in Phoenix to honor the outstanding contributions made by a local organization toward improving the lives of those affected by arthritis. The award recognizes partners in Arizona that are leading the way to conquer arthritis through education, outreach, research, advocacy and other vital programs and services.
The award allows the Arthritis Foundation to recognize a community organization that has a vested mutual interest in extending the reach of resources available to Arizonans to reduce the pain, disability, cost and impact of arthritis. The community organization’s support allows the Arthritis Foundation to effectively carry out its mission to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis.
About The University of Arizona Arthritis Center
The University of Arizona Arthritis Center, a Center of Excellence at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, is a research leader with a focus on identifying the causes of arthritis and developing improved diagnosis, measurement and treatment of the disease. The center strives to improve the lives of the millions afflicted with one of the many forms of arthritis and to change the way patients are treated globally. Currently, more than 20 basic and clinical research studies are being conducted at the center. The knowledge gained will be used to develop and test more effective therapies with the hope of reversing the disease process. The center also educates health-care providers and scientists and conducts a variety of outreach and educational programs for the public. For more information, please visit the website www.arthritis.arizona.edu