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About Us

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.

Mission Statement

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.

Nichole Shepard, MPH, EP-C
Program Manager
(801) 538-6259

Rebecca Castleton, CHES
Program Coordinator
(801) 538-9340

Stephanie George, MPH
(801) 538-6372

Celsa Bowman, MS, AAS
Health Program Specialist
(801) 538-6498

Natalie Gilbert, BS
Health Program Specialist
(801) 538-9458


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