Systems Approach Illustrated
Embedding AF programs into systems effectively reaches more people than working piecemeal with individual facilities. As shown in this graphic example, the partnership starts at the top, which allows you to offer multiple classes through many facilities on the ground.
EXAMPLE FROM THE FIELD
In 2006, the Nebraska Health and Human Services System’s Arthritis Program and the Office on Women’s Health in partnership with the State Unit on Aging contracted with the Arthritis Foundation Nebraska Chapter to offer AF programs to older adults.
Representatives of the eight regional Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) were trained to lead the AF Exercise Program or the AF Self-Help Program in the senior centers in their region. As they become eligible, the regional staff are trained as trainers so they can train additional senior center leaders.
By working through the regional area agencies on aging and their related senior centers, the partnering agencies have achieved the routine capacity to provide AF programs in all 93 counties in Nebraska.
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