Successes: What is Helping?
The CDC Arthritis Grant focuses on ways for health care providers to counsel and refer patients to increase physical activity (PA), including participation in AAEBIs and walking. This is done by embedding health and wellness resource coaching protocols into outreach efforts and AAEBIs implementation; identifying and facilitating regional meetings; developing partnerships with new health care providers, hospital systems, health plans, and community-based organizations in order to connect to the referral pathway and the website www.healthyagingnc.com; and expanding the presence of and referral to AAEBIs with physical therapists and NC Physical Therapy Association and other health care provider audiences.
Challenges: What is hurting?
Health coaching is effective but is a new approach to Arthritis--it is an individual-based process that needs to be incorporated into larger systems for increased impact.
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.