Michigan Partners on the PATH (MI PATH)

The History of PATH in Michigan

path logo In 2005, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) and the Office of Services to the Aging (OSA) partnered to build a system for coordinating, implementing, and expanding the Stanford CDSMP in Michigan.

Michigan Partners on the PATH (MI PATH) was first convened with core representatives from the Michigan State University Extension (MSUE), OSA, and MDCH. More than 50 agencies currently participate with MI PATH, among them: Health Alliance Plan, Arthritis Foundation Michigan Chapter, the National Kidney Foundation of MI, UPDON, and regional Area Agencies on Aging.

Statewide Meeting Archive

The Loop – MI Path News

MI PATH Regional Groups:

Michigan Partners on the PATH organize themselves according to geographic regions. Currently, there are six active regional groups. Each MI PATH regional group meets on a regular basis to coordinate PATH workshops and trainings and to build referral systems in their areas. A steering committee composed of representatives from each region meets quarterly to work on state wide issues (e.g., training and educational conferences for leaders, master trainers, and agencies to promote program fidelity). By joining your regional MI PATH group, you (and/or your organization) can:
  1. Build partnerships with agencies in your region to leverage resources and expand outreach into communities served;
  2. Take advantage of opportunities to participate in MI PATH-sponsored leader and master training offeringss and statewide meetings; and,
  3. Gain access to evaluation tools and receive reports at the agency, region, and statewide levels.

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MI PATH Regional Contacts

Central MI Region -- Clinton, Eaton, & Ingham counties

Karen McCloskey

Eastern Central MI Region -- Arenac, Bay, Clare, Genesee, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Lapeer, Midland, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, & Tuscola counties

Kristina Rubis
Region VII Area Agency on Aging

Abbie Mars
Valley Area Agency on Aging

Northern Lower MI Region -- Alcona, Alpena, Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Iosco, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Osceola, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, & Wexford counties
Kara LaMarre
Region 9 Area Agency on Aging/NEMCSA

Darcia Brewer
Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan

Southeastern MI Region -- Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, & Wayne counties
Bethany Burge
The Senior Alliance, AAA 1-C

Southwestern MI Region -- Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, & Van Buren counties
Norma Bour
Region 3-A Area Agency on Aging
Office: 269-373-5382

Upper Peninsula Region -- Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon & Schoolcraft counties
Tonya LaFave
UPCAP Services, Inc.

Western MI Region -- Allegan, Barry, Gratiot, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola & Ottawa counties
Christi Demitz
MSU Extension

Get Involved

If you are interested in becoming a member or supporter of Michigan Partners on the PATH, there are a number of ways you can get involved. Consider whether you would like to implement PATH in your area or promote the program – or both! Then, get started by contacting your regional representative or writing to info@mihealthyprograms.org.


  1. Identify PATH programs offered in your region.
  2. Promote PATH workshops to people who are participating in other chronic disease education (e.g., diabetes self-management, asthma education).
  3. Refer or recommend clients to attend a PATH workshop.
  4. Inform health professionals about PATH and the benefits, or refer clients to PATH.


  1. Obtain a license and become an implementation agency.
  2. Host a workshop or leader training at your site.
  3. Work with licensed agencies to identify and refer potential leaders to be trained to conduct PATH in your area.
  4. Organize PATH workshops to be conducted in the communities you serve, particularly high risk areas.
  5. Join Michigan Partners on the PATH!

For More Information

Write to info@mihealthyprograms.org.

Michigan Partners on the PATH Video for Providers

Michigan Partners on the PATH Video for Consumers