The Utah Arthritis Program, in the Utah Department of Health, was created in 1999 to improve the quality of life for people affected by arthritis. The program receives money from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Administration on Aging (AoA) to track how many Utahns have arthritis, provide arthritis education and increase participation in programs proven to help people with arthritis.
To increase self-management skills and improve the quality of life for all Utahns affected by arthritis and other chronic conditions.
We provide technical assistance and coordination to expand reach and achieve sustainability of evidence-based self-management programs for all Utahns affected by arthritis and other chronic conditions through statewide partnerships.
Rebecca Castleton, CHES
Rebecca Castleton has been in the Utah Arthritis Program since November 2008. She administers arthritis self-management interventions throughout the state through program planning, implementation, and evaluation. She is involved with public outreach and building partnerships with other agencies to increase awareness of and participation in arthritis-related and chronic disease self-management programs. Rebecca received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from Brigham Young University and was CHES certified in 2009. She brings experience in infant mortality program services, nation-wide research on reduced tobacco use in Russia, and international micro-business and health education experience in El Salvador.
Randy Tanner, MPA
Randy is the Utah Arthritis Program's Evaluation Specialist and has been with the Utah Department of Health for over 30 years. Randy earned a Masters of Public Administration from Brigham Young University and a Bachelors of Science degree in Health Education from the University of Utah. As an epidemiologist his primary responsibility is to develop an arthritis surveillance system and evaluate existing databases. He is also responsible for analyzing the data to determine the prevalence of arthritis in Utah, medical costs associated with arthritis, provider practices, quality of life for Utahns with arthritis, and self-management practices of people with arthritis.
Keegan McCaffrey is stationed with the Utah Arthritis Program for two years through the CDC Public Health Associate Program (PHAP). He began in October 2015 and works towards the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based chronic disease self-management programs. Keegan also oversees media, public relations, and Living Well peer leader training. He has a Bachelors of Arts and Sciences from the University of Colorado and has experience in program planning and evaluation, West Nile Virus prevention, and disease ecology research.