Successes: What is helping?
The CDC Arthritis Grant leverages the AAA network to connect with statewide partners and initiatives in order to provide the AAEBIs of Walk With Ease, Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, Chronic Pain Self-Management Program, Enhance Fitness, and Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention.
By coordinating access to training opportunities and resources, the CDC Arthritis Grant expands Walk With Ease program sites and certified leaders, creates a statewide self-directed Walk With Ease portal for NC state employees, and recruits Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Master Trainers.
Challenges: What is hurting?
There is interest in AAEBIs, but agency and community capacity to provide them consistently and sustainably is an ongoing challenge. Health care providers are interested in evidence-based programs, but are not always aware of them or how to refer their patients. A baseline was determined through 2019 BRFSS data.