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AIM Spring 2014 Newsletter

Spring 2014 - In This Issue:
20 - Asthma Management & Education, clinician training, RN/RT CEU available, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Clark Conference Center, Sparrow Hospital, 1210 W. Saginaw, Lansing. more info/register
- AIM Partnership Forum, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Lansing Community College West, Lansing, John Dowling, 517-335-9713
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Save the Date!
Please plan to attend the AIM Partnership Forum on June 5 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Lansing Community College West campus in Lansing. Participants will convene to network with partners, learn about asthma co-morbidities, and discuss strategies to address them. 
Registration details coming in April. For more information on sponsoring or attending the Forum, please contact John Dowling, 517-335-9713. 
by Meghan Faulkner, MA
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PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) is Michigan's name for the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, and PATH workshops are offered in many communities throughout the state. PATH workshops are for any adult with an ongoing health condition (i.e. asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, emphysema, heart disease, fibromyalgia, etc.) and for caregivers. Although arthritis and high blood pressure remain the most prevalent condition reported by workshop participants, 19% of participants that attended a workshop in 2013 reported having asthma.  

Workshops take place once a week for six weeks and are facilitated by two trained leaders, many of whom have or care for someone with chronic health conditions. During the workshop, participants take part in interactive sessions on topics such as healthy eating, better breathing, the importance of physical activity, how to evaluate new treatments, problem-solving skills, communicating with health care professionals, tips for better sleep, dealing with pain and difficult emotions, and much more! At the end of the workshop, 99% of participants would recommend it to family and friends. A recent participant said, "This workshop inspired me to continue working toward wellness for the rest of my life."

There are many ways that you can be a part of the PATH program. Whether you are interested as an individual with an ongoing health condition, a caregiver or friend of someone with an ongoing health condition, a health care professional, or an organization that would like to promote the class to employees, patients or clients, you could:

  • Sign up and go to a PATH workshop
  • Find and refer potential leaders to be trained to conduct PATH in your area
  • Help arrange PATH workshops to be held in the communities you serve
  • Promote PATH workshops to people with asthma
  • Refer clients served through case management or asthma education to attend a PATH workshop
  • Tell health professionals about PATH and the benefits of referring clients to PATH
You can search for workshops in your area (by city, county or region). If PATH workshops are not available in your area, please contact Karen McCloskey at the Michigan Arthritis Program. We can work with you to determine how best to bring PATH to your area. We can also help you determine if being a PATH leader is right for you!
Meghan Faulkner is a Community Health Associate with the Arthritis Program at the Michigan Department of Community Health where she provides technical assistance to partners promoting and implementing evidence-based programs such as Personal Action Toward Health (PATH). 
For more information about asthma in Michigan visit the AIM Website
Or contact Tisa Vorce at 517-335-9463

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