The Arthritis Program works to develop a multi-site delivery system of evidence-based interventions for people with arthritis. The supported interventions include Stanford University's Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (known as "Living Well Rhode Island" in Rhode Island), the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, and the Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease Program. All programs are offered through delivery system partners, which are key community partners who offer programs through multiple delivery sites. Delivery system partners include the Arthritis Foundation, YMCA, senior centers and other senior agencies, the VA, and health care providers. The Arthritis Program supports delivery system partners through the training of program facilitators, workshop implementation, and marketing activities. The Community Health Network, a collaborative of internal and external partners who offer evidence-based disease management and self-management programs, works with delivery system partners to link people to community-based programs.

2012 Accomplishments and Milestones

  • Started the Community Health Network for healthcare providers to refer their patients to evidence-based programs.
  • Started academic detailing visits to health care providers to market the Community Health Network.
  • 176 people participated in a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program in either English or Spanish. 112 people participated in an Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program or Walk with Ease program.