Walking Their Way to Success: The Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease (WWE) program is an arthritis-appropriate evidence based intervention that reduces arthritis pain and improves overall health. In 2017, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) gave grants to American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) state chapters, foundations, and other organizations to bring WWE group and self-directed programs to people with arthritis. NACDD looked for grantees that had established relationships with local physical therapy clinics that could implement WWE in the community. The Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF) is one of several grantees that fit the bill. Their experience offers insights into how community-clinical linkages can help connect more people with programs like WWE.