Healthy Aging NC

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Healthy Aging NC Resource Center:  An Initiative of the NC Center for Health & Wellness (NCCHW) at UNC Asheville 

Our Website: www.healthyagingnc.com

  • Posts searchable workshop details to the website
  • Offers online registration
  • Distributes healthy aging resources, including webinars and current news
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) and Falls Prevention (FP) evidence-based programs supported:
    • A Matter of Balance
    • Living Healthy Programs (the CDSME Programs including Chronic Disease, Diabetes, Chronic Pain, Tomando Control de su Salud)
    • Tai Chi for Arthritis
    • The Otago Exercise Program
    • YMCA: Moving For Better Balance
    • Walk With Ease (WWE)

Data and Reports

  • NCCHW receives and enters program paperwork into national databases
  • Compiles data summaries and reports on healthy aging and programs

Resource Development

  • Creates more accessible and inclusive CDSME, WWE, and FP programs through trainings and resources, with a focus on clinical-community partnerships, health disparities, cultural competence, and accessibility
  • Develops linkages to encourage a continuum of care among programs and agencies
  • Example of available resources:  lessons learned, toolkits, sample media, sample marketing templates, continuum of care toolkit for programs, brokering relationships with healthcare sector, and referral protocols

Training Academy

  • Access reduced-cost CDSME master trainings and CDSME/FP lay leader trainings
  • Provides lay leader/coach materials and training support

 

Grant-funded Pilot Activities

Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement (ABIPA): ABIPA delivers CDSME workshops
to churches, community centers, and housing developments that serve African American and
multicultural audiences.

Centralina AAA: Centralina coordinates the Living Healthy CDSME Training Academy for North
Carolina-- researching needs and sustainability options and offering Living Healthy Training
opportunities.

Land of Sky AAA: Land of Sky partners with NCCHW on evidence-based programs and focuses
on reaching disparate and underserved populations.

Mission Health System: Working with the Accountable Care Organization, Emergency
Department, Trauma Services Department, and Worksite Wellness Program to embed EBPs and
evidence-based program education into larger clinical system operations.

NC Office on Disability and Health and NC Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities:
Partners with NCCHW to support the accessibility, inclusion, and outreach of underserved
populations.

WNC Community Health Services (WNCCHS) Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC):
WNCCHS embeds EBPs into their workflow, creating an efficient model for other FQHCs and
clinical providers.

YMCA of Western North Carolina: The YMCA partners with NCCHW on expanding fall
prevention programming.

YWCA of Asheville: The YWCA partners with NCCHW on collaborating with WNCCHS on
providing diabetes self-management programs.

The purpose of these pilot activities is to expand referral systems and program sustainability
options in focused settings to create best practices that are easily replicated across the state.

 

Contacts

For more information about the Living Healthy with Chronic Disease Self-Management Grant:
Jeanne Dairaghi, Project Manager   jdairagh@unca.edu

For more information about the Falls Prevention Grant:
Nicolle Miller, Director of State and Community Collaborations   nmiller2@unca.edu

For more information about the data entry and reports:
Janice Self, Data Administrator   healthyagingncinfo@gmail.com