142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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YMCA strategies to promote healthy aging through evidence-based programming: The case for EnhanceFitness

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 2:35 PM - 2:50 PM

Maureen Pike, BSN, RN, MPH , Healthy Living Department, YMCA of the USA, Chicago, IL
With a commitment to improving health and wellness in the 10,000 U.S. communities it serves, the Y is actively addressing the chronic disease epidemic and aging of the population. The chronic disease arthritis remains the nation’s leading cause of disability and affects 52.5 million Americans. This includes about half of all adults over the age of 65; a demographic expected to double in size over the next 25 years. Low-impact physical activity mitigates arthritis symptoms and can delay disability, but most adults with arthritis report being physically inactive. To address the arthritis burden and need for increased physical activity among older adults, the Y’s national resource office, the YMCA of the USA (YUSA), partnered with Senior Services, Inc. to make the EnhanceFitness exercise program for older adults available to Ys across the country. EnhanceFitness was selected due to its strong evidence base, natural alignment with the Y’s organizational strengths, and favorable licensing agreement. It has been integrated into YUSA’s portfolio of tertiary chronic disease prevention programs and is promoted to local Ys as an arthritis and healthy aging intervention. Due to the Y’s federated structure, YUSA cannot mandate implementation of specific program models, but encourages and facilitates local Y adoption by demonstrating value and removing implementation barriers. In addition to partnership with researchers at the University of Washington, YUSA regularly assesses program implementation and refines efforts using quality improvement strategies. Successful dissemination of EnhanceFitness through the Y could lead to improved arthritis management and decreased disability on a national scale.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Describe the Y's role in addressing healthy aging and chronic disease prevention at local and national levels List the reasons that the EnhanceFitness program model was selected for national dissemination Explain how the Y's national resource office promotes specific program models to local YMCAs across the U.S.

Keyword(s): Community-Based Health, Organizational Change

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have combined clincial and public health points of view to design, implement, and/or evaluate chronic disease prevention interventions on local, state and national levels, and to bridge the gap between the health care system and community organizations. I am currently a key team member contributing to the development and implementation of strategies for national dissemination of evidence-based chronic disease prevention programs.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.