An autoimmune disease is a disease in which the body’s immune system attacks its own healthy tissues causing illness. Lupus and some forms of arthritis are autoimmune diseases.


Arthritis includes more than 100 diseases and conditions that affect joints, tissues surrounding the joint, and connective tissue. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are two common types of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is joint inflammation caused by the body’s immune system attacking its own joints. Osteoarthritis is joint inflammation caused by mechanical wear and tear on the joints. CDC-recommended physical activity programs, such as Walk With Ease, can improve quality of life for people with both of these forms of arthritis.

For more information on the portfolio of NACDD arthritis projects, please visit the NACDD Action on Arthritis page.


Lupus is a complex, chronic, inflammatory, autoimmune disease in which an unknown trigger causes the immune system to attack a person’s own tissues, which can lead to severe kidney disease, stroke, and premature cardiovascular disease.

How You Can Join in the NACDD Lupus Effort

Read the National Public Health Agenda for Lupus 2015 to become familiar with lupus and the public health actions State Health Departments can take to improve the care and quality of life for people living with this disease.

How You Can Join in the NACDD Arthritis Effort

Join the Arthritis Council General Member calls to stay up-to-date on projects and opportunities. General Member calls are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. ET.