Partnerships Working to Sustain Arthritis Evidence-based Programming in Two States
Last February, four local agencies received funding from NACDD to address multiple chronic conditions, specifically arthritis and the chronic disease risk factor of physical inactivity at the policy, systems, and environmental changes. These local agencies; one in Miami Dade County, Florida and three in Detroit, Flint and Grand Rapids, Michigan have worked to expand Enhance®Fitness efforts throughout their communities. Last fall, consultants working in the Arthritis Program visited these communities to provide technical assistance. Each community shared information on their individual community demographics, invited partners to the discussion and shared onsite-programming successes. These agencies, three local Area Agencies on Aging and one county recreation and park program, have unique qualities in their approach that are making these programs a success. Partnering with local faith organizations, community centers, employee wellness programs, and local providers has increased the opportunity for people in these communities with arthritis to become more physically active. These community agencies are working to implement sustainability to continue these programs—collaboration and partnership are both excellent models that these communities are incorporating to continue to provide these much-needed services.