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Arthritis Program Improving Quality of Life for People in Florida
The Arthritis Program recently helped advance momentum in Florida for implementing evidence-based public health programs, specifically focusing on older adults with multiple chronic conditions. NACDD awarded funding to the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) to collaborate wi th local organizations to begin the discussion about how to improve the quality of life for older adults. Through partnership with the Health Foundation of South Florida, the Y-USA, the Broward County Y, and NACDD, a policy roundtable was convened in Ft. Lauderdale on March 15, 2013. This policy roundtable brought together the right leaders from the community, state and national. Levels. There was a lively discussion by a medical panel of experts (physicians, nurses and hospital administrators) who shared their insight into how the Affordable Care Act can be implemented to address people with multiple chronic conditions and diseases. Betsy Wood, previous NACDD Board Member and FL Chronic Disease Director, and Matt Longjohn from the Y-USA provided presentations on the importance of evidenced based programming as well as practical examples of cost savings and health improvement. Over 67 people attended the roundtable; folks from three local public health departments, local Y’s, state representatives, and national leaders. The highlight of the day was the presentations by elder ambassadors who are active participants in evidence-based programs in the south Florida area. These elder ambassadors shared their stories and successes about their experiences with EnhancedFitness, Diabetes Prevention Programs and other physical activity and healthy living programs—all of which improved the health and quality of life for these elder ambassadors. After all the presentations were completed, there was a chance for some small group discussion where participants brainstormed ideas for future implementation. This policy roundtable forged deeper partnership and commitment to move forward together to meet the growing needs of people with arthritis and other chronic conditions.

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