Arthritis Grantee Meeting 2021

Convening States and National Organizations to Address Arthritis Public Health Priorities

National Grantee Meeting

May 18 – 20, 2021

Purpose: The purpose of the national meeting was to convene CDC’s national and state arthritis grantees, and key stakeholders, through a virtual platform to support and encourage the sharing of experiences, lessons learned, and best practices, and provide an opportunity for networking and leveraging of partnerships for DP16-1606 and DP18-1803 cooperative agreement grantees, and other key partners.

DAY 1 May 18: 1:00-5:00 p.m. ET - Health Equity and Increasing AAEBI Access to Reach Vulnerable Populations

Session TitlesSession Descriptions/Videos
Welcome: Vish Vasani, Associate Director of Community and Environmental Health, NACDDThis presentation welcomes attendees to the 2021 Convening States and National Organizations to Address Arthritis Public Health Priorities, Virtual National Grantee Meeting and gave a brief overview about the convener of the meeting, The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD).

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Opening Remarks: Dr. Craig Thomas, Director, Division of Population Health, CDC Dr. Craig Thomas’s remarks set the stage for Day 1 of the Grantee Meeting focused on health equity and increasing AAEBI access to reach vulnerable populations.

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Health Equity Presentation: Qiana Thomason, President/CEO, Health Forward FoundationThis keynote presentation makes the case for inclusion of health equity and social determinants of health in arthritis and public health strategies.

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Increasing the Access of AAEBIs to Reach Diverse Populations: Heather Hodge, Y-USA Heather Hodge discusses strategies to increase access to arthritis-appropriate evidence-based interventions in rural and racially and ethnically diverse populations.

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State Sharing – increasing the access of AAEBIs with a health equity lens• Christina Merrill, Kansas Arthritis Program (15 mins) View video
• Beth Richards, Missouri Arthritis and Osteoporosis Program (15 mins) View video

This presentation spotlights the experiences of two arthritis-funded states, Kansas and Missouri, in increasing access to arthritis-appropriate evidence-based interventions in rural and ethnically diverse populations.
Interactive Q & A with Day 1 Speakers• Lisa Erck, NACDD Facilitator
• Heather Hodge, Y-USA
• Christina Merrill, Kansas Arthritis Program
• Beth Richards, Missouri Arthritis and Osteoporosis Program

This interactive question and answer session provides an opportunity for facilitated discussion and question and answer related to the health equity presentations.

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Wrap up Day 1: Dr. Erica Odom, Team Lead, Healthy Aging Branch, CDCDr. Erica Odom reflects on the key takeaways from day 1 and sets the stage for day 2 of the national grantee meeting.

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Networking with State Colleagues• Lisa Erck and Heather Murphy, NACDD Facilitators
• Expand the availability and accessibility of AAEBIs (Strategy 1 focus)

A facilitated networking and sharing session related to current strategy 1 efforts to expand the availability and accessibility of arthritis-appropriate evidence-based interventions.

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DAY 2 May 19: 12:00-4:30 p.m. ET - AAEBIs and Lifestyle Management Program Delivery

Session TitlesSession Descriptions/Videos
Networking with National Partners• Arthritis Foundation (Nick Turkas)
• Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (Serena Weisner and Ellen Schneider)
• Y-USA (Heather Hodge)
• National Recreation and Park Association (Tiff Cunin and Colleen Pittard)

National partners provide an overview of key arthritis activities to date.

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Opening Remarks: Dr. Janet Croft, Chief of the Healthy Aging Branch, Division of Population Health, CDCDr. Janet Croft’s remarks set the stage for Day 2 of the Grantee Meeting focused on arthritis-appropriate evidence-based interventions and lifestyle management program delivery.

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Using Virtual Platforms to Engage Participants and Encourage Physical Activity• Trina Adler, University of Minnesota Extension
• Kate Welshons, University of Minnesota Extension

Trina Adler and Kate Welshons share the experiences of the University of Minnesota Extension in transitioning from in person to virtual delivery to expand dissemination and delivery of arthritis-appropriate evidence-based interventions.

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Fireside Chat with Q & A: The shift from in-person to virtual delivery of AAEBIs, examples from the field • Lisa Erck, NACDD Facilitator
• Mona Burwell, Virginia Arthritis Program
• Cheryl Brown, Seattle Parks and Recreation
• Celsa Bowman, Utah Arthritis Program and Rebbi Burdett, Intermountain Health
• Trina Adler, University of Minnesota Extension
• Kate Welshons, University of Minnesota Extension

This fireside chat with facilitated question and answer session provides an opportunity for states to share their experiences transitioning from in-person group classes to virtual delivery of evidence-based interventions.

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Interactive Technical Assistance with a Focus on AAEBI Virtual Delivery (participants will pre-select up to 2 breakouts)• Lisa Erck, NACDD Facilitator
• Walk With Ease, Nick Turkas, Arthritis Foundation View video
• EnhanceFitness, Paige Denison, Sound Generations View video
• Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), Worksite CDSMP and Chronic Pain Self-Management Program, Dr. Kate Lorig, Self-Management Resource Center View video

These breakout room sessions provide a platform for sharing and technical assistance with a focus on virtual delivery of arthritis-appropriate evidence-based interventions.
Wrap up Day 2: Dr. Erica Odom, Team Lead, Healthy Aging Branch, CDCDr. Erica Odom reflects on the key takeaways from day 2 and sets the stage for day 3 of the national grantee meeting.

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Networking with State Colleagues • Lisa Erck and Heather Murphy, NACDD Facilitators
• Promote walking as a way to manage arthritis symptoms (Strategy 3 focus)
• Raise awareness of the burden of arthritis and ways to manage (Strategy 4 focus)

A facilitated networking and sharing session related to current strategies 3 and 4 efforts to promote walking as a way to manage arthritis symptoms; Raise awareness of the burden of arthritis and new ways to manage it.

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DAY 3 May 20: 12:00-4:00 p.m. ET - Engaging HCPs, Addressing Reimbursement, Program Sustainability

Session TitlesSession Descriptions/Videos
Networking with State Colleagues• Lisa Erck and Heather Murphy, NACDD Facilitators
• Increasing health care providers’ counseling about the benefits of physical activity for reducing arthritis pain and limitations, and referrals of patients with arthritis to evidence-based lifestyle management programs (Strategy 2 focus)

A facilitated networking and sharing session related to strategy 2 efforts to increase healthcare providers patient counseling about the benefits of physical activity for reducing arthritis pain and limitations; and increase provider referrals of patients with arthritis to evidence-based lifestyle management programs.

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Opening Remarks: Lesha Spencer-Brown, Administration on Community Living, Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Program Lesha Spencer-Browns remarks set the stage for Day 3 of the Grantee Meeting focused engaging healthcare providers, addressing reimbursement and program sustainability while highlighting opportunity for cross collaboration between Administration on Community Living and CDC-funded arthritis efforts.

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Engaging Healthcare Providers to Counsel on Physical Activity, and Refer Patients to AAEBIs • Tracy Carver, Comagine Health
• Seema Rathor, Comagine Health

Tracy Carver and Seema Rathor from Comagine Health discuss opportunities for states to partner with health systems around patient counseling on the benefits of physical activity, and referrals to arthritis-appropriate physical activity and self-management programs.

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Reimbursement Strategy Discussion• Timothy McNeill, Freedmen’s Health View video
• Jennifer Raymond, Massachusetts Arthritis Program View video
• Dr. Adam Burch, New Hampshire Arthritis Program View video

Examples of successful reimbursement strategies for counseling about the benefits of physical activity and referral to arthritis-appropriate evidence-based interventions.
Maintaining Program Success and Sustainability through Reimbursement Strategies - Facilitated Q & A• Dr. Erica Odom, CDC Facilitator
• Tracy Carver, Comagine Health
• Seema Rathor, Comagine Health
• Dr. Adam Burch, New Hampshire Arthritis Program
• Jennifer Raymond, Massachusetts Arthritis Program
• Dr. Christa-Marie Singleton, CDC Senior Medical Advisor
• Timothy McNeill, Freedmen’s Health (invited)

This facilitated question and answer session provides an opportunity for states and national grantees to share their experiences maintaining program success and sustainability through reimbursement strategies.

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Wrap up Day 3 and Closing: Dr. Erica Odom, Team Lead, Healthy Aging Branch, CDC Dr. Erica Odom reflects on the key takeaways from day 3 and thanks everyone for attending the 2021 Arthritis National Grantee Meeting!

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