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People’shealth can determine the rate of growth and development of a nation.If a government has good strategies on how to handle the healthissues affecting the community, then such a country is on the righttrack to development. Healthy people 2020, on Federal Preventioninitiatives, tries to explain the strategies that the government haslaid down to handle current health issue affecting the US citizens.In this paper, we will have a discussion on the plan that thegovernment has to solve the problem of osteoarthritis which affectsmany individuals in our community.

On healthypeople 2020, federal prevention initiative, Osteoarthritis is one ofthe current topics discussed. Its strategy on the disease is to usethe information learned from the past decades to defer the onset orreduce the progression of all forms of arthritis. One of itsobjectives is to increase the number of patient with doctor-diagnosedarthritis who have received healthcare services. The plan targets onthe patient arthritis patient aged 18 years and older with chronicjoints symptoms (Prevention Portal, 2016).

This healthpromotion topic will help a larger number of adults with arthritishelp control the condition and thus improve their health. Byincreasing the number of the patient receiving the services, thenmany people can perform their tasks normally which will improve theproductivity of a nation. On the side of the healthcare system, manyhealthcare providers will get enough education regarding thecondition. Also, many people in the system will get jobs since anincrease in the number of patients needs a large number of healthcareproviders.

The objective isto increase the number of arthritis patients receiving the treatmentfrom 72% to 79.2 percent with a target-setting method f 10%improvement. The practices done to achieve the goals of the strategyinclude educating and increasing the number of healthcare providers. The Organizations involved in the plan are The Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention (CDC) and the Arthritis Foundation. Theseorganizations use the information learned from the past studies todelay the onset and progression of the disease (Prevention Portal,2016).

This programshould be implemented because osteoarthritis is a disease that canhave adverse effects on a life of an individual according to NationalInstitute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin diseases, thedisease can lead to disabilities (How does osteoarthritis affect thequality of life? (AIHW), 2016). This disease can affect personalindependence, social life, and relationships. According to ABS byNational health survey, arthritis patients of age above 15 yearsconsider themselves unhealthy. 9% of individuals with osteoarthritisconsider themselves as unhealthy as compared to 3% of people withoutthe disease (Handout on Health: Osteoarthritis, 2016). According to astudy done in the US, Osteoarthritis cause anxiety and depressionamong patient (Murphy, Sacks &amp Chapman, 2012). By increasing thenumber of patients seeing doctors, these patients can receive therequired services and education. The services will help the patientssave themselves from the adverse effects of the disease.

Some availableresources can assist in attaining the objectives of this initiative.One of the resources is the Cochrane Collaboration which deals in thestudy to treat low back pain as a result of Osteoarthritis. Anotherresource is the Stanford University and The Institute of Medicine(Prevention Portal, 2016). These institutions carry out studiesregarding the disease and propose the solutions. These resources areadequately accessible to the citizens of US as the information isposted on the internet where everybody can see.

Implementationof the initiative have some challenges that may hinder the success ofthe strategies. One of the challenges includes lack of enoughresources to assist in the treatment program. The number ofhealthcare providers is small to cater for all the diseases affectingthe US citizens. The small number of health workers makes it hard fora large number of patients receiving the services. Another challengeis the lack of enough information to both the patients and healthcareproviders. Some patients do not realize that they might have aserious condition once they experience the symptoms. Thus, they nevergo to for check-ups. Also, some clinical officers do not have enoughinformation about the disease, thus keep treating the symptoms ratherthan treating the disease.


Healthy People2020 on Federal prevention initiative is a program that providesinformation on the strategies which government has laid down to helpeliminate health problems affecting the citizens. One of theseproblems is Osteoarthritis a type of arthritis that affects joints.This disease can affect individual daily performance, independence,and social life. The strategy to eliminate the problem is by usingthe studies from the past to delay the onset of arthritis. One of thegoals is to increase the number of patients receiving healthcareservices from 72 % to 79.2 %.Increasing the number of healthcareproviders can help in attaining the objective.

There are available resources that provide enough information andservices to the victims which include Stanford University, CochraneCollaboration and the Institute of Medicine (Prevention Portal,2016). The challenges to the strategy include lack of sufficientresources, for example, nurses and also the lack of enoughinformation about the disease. The objective of the strategy can beimportant to many patients as many can get the enough services andthus help eliminate the problems caused by arthritis which include,depression, dependence, and disability.


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How does osteoarthritis affect quality of life? (AIHW). (2016) Retrieved 11 October 2016, from

Murphy, L., Sacks, J., Brady, T., Hootman, J., &amp Chapman, D.(2012). Anxiety is more common than depression among US adults witharthritis. Arthritis Care &amp Research, n/a-n/a.

Prevention Portal. (2016). Retrieved 11 October2016, from

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