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Arthritis Integration & Dissemination (AID) Projects

Arthritis Integration and Dissemination (AID) projects are funded by NACDD and are typically housed within other state health department chronic disease programs like diabetes and cardiovascular health. As described in the title, integration and coordination are key dissemination strategies for arthritis interventions.

The project period ran from July 2008-June 2010. Here is a listing of the nine AID projects:

Indiana Iowa Mississippi
Kentucky Maryland New York

Click here for a summary of the AID projects for Year 03


In 2010, NACDD was able to fund three of the original nine states for an additional year of funding. The three states are Alaska, Massachusetts and New York.

See below for a summary of each of the three states.

Alaska - The goal of this project is to expand Living Well Alaska, Alaska’s chronic disease self management program within the State Health Department and through our established system partners: the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center, the Providence Parish Nurse Program, and the University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service. The Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion will expand the Living Well Alaska throughout the state by increasing the numbers of healthcare provider referrals, delivery sites, course leaders, and workshops within those delivery systems. By maximizing our collaborative efforts, it is our intention that Living Well Alaska will be fully embedded into Alaska’s healthcare system and sustainability in the future.

Massachusetts- The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), Healthy Aging and Disability Unit will continue using a systems delivery approach with the MDPH Care Coordination Project and the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging to ensure ongoing dissemination and delivery of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and Tomando de su Salud. The 349 councils on aging statewide are a delivery system partner providing intervention access to people likely to have arthritis. The MDPH Care Coordination Sites provide comprehensive assessment to identify and refer patients for intervention. The Healthy Aging and Disability Unit will provide technical assistance, collaborate with community partners, conduct surveillance and data analysis to inform decision making and affect state-level policy and system changes to sustain arthritis interventions.

New York - The existing infrastructure and capacity for region-wide, collaborative delivery of the Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP), by partnering community-based organizations and health insurance plans in Western NY, will be expanded by the development of a clinical referral system. At least ten primary care provider practices in the region will be recruited to participate in the development, testing, and implementation of paper-based and electronic health record-embedded systems for the referral, tracking, and self-management goal follow-up of patients referred to community CDSMP workshops. Community health workers will be trained as peer leaders, and will deliver workshops as well as work with patients to overcome barriers to program attendance (e.g. transportation), leading to increased program participation and completion.