Loading
search our site

The Loop – Spring 2012

newsletter logo
 The Loop
Spring 2012 

In this issue...
  • 2012 MI-PATH Meeting
  • 2012 Outstanding PATH Leader
  • Leader Tip of the Day
  • Fidelity Corner
  • Chronic Kidney Disease Supplemental Session
  • Chronic Pain CDSMP
  • National Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program


This newsletter has been created to keep partners, stakeholders, and leaders updated on PATH progress and upcoming events. We encourage you to share your PATH stories and publicize PATH events for upcoming issues. We hope you find the newsletter helpful and enjoyable!


2012 MI-PATH Meetingtyping on computer

The 2012 MI-PATH Meeting took place on Thursday, April 19th at the Henry Center for Professional Development in East Lansing. If you were not able to attend but would like to view a recording of the meeting, please click here.

This link will be available for viewing until May 19th, 2012.


clip art scroll 2012 Outstanding PATH Leader

Congratulations to Tonya LaFave, of the Upper Peninsula Commission on Area Progress (UPCAP), who is the 2012 PATH Outstanding Leader Award recipient!

Presentation of the award was made at the April 19th statewide MI-PATH meeting in East Lansing. The award was established to honor the memory of Joanie Koets, an exceptional and dedicated leader, and will be presented annually to recognize PATH leaders who have a positive impact on workshop participants, and who carry out their roles as PATH leaders with care and enthusiasm.

Tonya was nominated by Joan Paul. According to Joan, Tonya delivers the material as outlined and is always smiling. Workshop participants find her very approachable and readily respond to her. Tonya exhibits a contagious enthusiasm for PATH and is involved on every level. In addition to leading workshops, Tonya schedules and advertises workshops, registers participants, schedules leaders, and coordinates the paperwork. Tonya is a fantastic ambassador for PATH, and speaks about PATH to other organizations in order to increase the number of workshops and participants reached. Even with all she does, Tonya is able to maintain healthy habits and is an inspiration to all who know her. Thank you, Tonya, for all of your hard work and dedication!


Leader Tip of the Day:

Please take care to assign a Participant ID Number for each participant in your workshop. The ID number assigned to each participant comes from the numbered line of the Attendance Log where that participant's name is written. This step is very important because it allows us to link demographic information about a participant (not the name or other personally identifying information) from the Participant Information Form with the number of workshop sessions that participant attended. See the graphic below for guidance.
path leader form


CDSMP in the News!

The Wall Street Journal published an article on Stanford University's Chronic Disease Self-Management Program in April 2012. To read this article, click here.


Fidelity Corner

keyboard Q: Sometimes I have trouble getting enough participants registered for a workshop. Is it really so bad to start a workshop with fewer than 10 participants?

A: Dr. Kate Lorig, developer of Stanford's Chronic Disease Self-Management Program has this to say:
"The Stanford model is based on evidence and years and years of experience.The evidence is based on groups from 10-15. The experience is that when we go smaller than 10 many groups fall apart. There are just not enough folks for good group discussion, problem solving etc. This is especially true if two or three or more folks drop out. If the groups could start at 8 and be sure to finish at 8, life would be fine but this is not what happens."

If you are routinely having difficulty filling workshops, you may want to contact your regional coordinator who can offer ideas or connect you with other PATH leaders in the area who are having greater success. Working with area partners may be helpful in marketing workshops more effectively.

We would love to hear about your successes in promoting workshops! If you have any tips for recruiting participants, please email them to Meghan Cormier at cormierm@michigan.gov. These tips will be compiled and included in the next newsletter.


PATH Supplemental 7th Session for Persons with Chronic Kidney Disease
By: Laurie Gustafson

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) has developed a 7th session to supplement PATH for persons living with Chronic Kidney Disease. While providing PATH workshops for persons on dialysis and their caregivers, it was determined that certain activities of the program were not appropriate for these participants. For example, some of the guidelines for healthy eating would actually be harmful for persons on dialysis.

After discussing the issues with Stanford, it was determined to create a 7th session that would allow for dialysis specific information to be presented as well as a question and answer time with renal health professionals. The 7th session is optional and separate from the PATH workshop. Participants are invited to bring interested friends or family members.The following activities are included:

Activity 1: Quality of Life with Kidney Disease – Problems & Concerns
Activity 2: Dialysis Self Management Toolbox
Activity 3: Getting the Most Out of Your Dialysis
Activity 4: Understanding Dialysis
Activity 5: Beyond Dialysis
Activity 6: Closing


This session is currently being piloted in NW Detroit and soon in Grand Rapids. The concept can be applied to other health conditions where you might be tempted to "adapt" PATH for your purposes. In order to maintain the fidelity of the program, present the workshop as intended and add an additional session to present other material. Stanford supports this strategy.

For more information, contact Laurie Gustafson at the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, lgustafson@nkfm.org.


Chronic Pain Self-Management Program Starting in the Upper Peninsula
By: Tonya LaFave

In April, the UP Area Agency on Aging (known as UPCAP) had 2 staff members (also CDSMP Master trainers), receive cross-training in the Chronic Pain Self-Management program, via online training through Stanford University.

The Chronic Pain Self-Management program was designed specifically for persons experiencing chronic musculoskeletal pain (such as chronic neck, shoulder, back pain, etc.), whiplash injuries, chronic regional pain syndromes, repetitive strain injury, chronic pelvic pain, post-surgical pain that lasts beyond 6 months, neuropathic pain or neuralgias, and post stroke or central pain. It may also be appropriate for those with conditions such as persistent headache, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel, diabetic neuropathy, and for individuals who have severe muscular pain due to conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

There are many similarities between the chronic pain program and the chronic disease self-management program. However, the chronic pain program also includes an exercise component and each participant receives a Chronic Pain workbook and exercise CD. UPCAP will be offering the U.P.'s first Chronic Pain workshop in early June, 2012 and will start training leaders for this program in early fall 2012. UPCAP foresees this to be a valuable program for persons living in chronic pain.

For more information, contact Tonya LaFave or Tammy Rosa at 1-800-338-7227.


Release of the National Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program

national diabetes prevention program logoThe CDC recently released the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) and curriculum. Agencies are now able to apply to become "recognized" centers to lead the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). Trained lifestyle coaches lead at-risk individuals in the evidence-based DPP. The DPP group sessions encourage modest lifestyle changes of losing 7 percent of one's body weight and at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week to lower diabetes risk. To learn more about the NDPP and the recognition process, click here. For diabetes prevention information in Michigan, contact Kristi Pier at pierk@michigan.gov.


PATH Calendar

May
14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd
PATH Leader Training from 8:30am-4:00pm. Forward's Conference Center, 2980 Cook Rd., West Branch, MI. This is last PATH Leader Training offered free of charge through the Administration on Aging's ARRA grant funding. To register or for more information contact: Kara LaMarre at lamarrek@nemcsa.org, or 989-358-4616.

31st
PATH Leader Refresher Training for leaders that have not provided a workshop in the past 18 months from 8:30am-4:00pm. Diocese of Gaylord, 611 West North St., Gaylord, MI. This is last PATH Leader Refresher Training offered free of charge through the Administration on Aging's ARRA grant funding. To register or for more information contact: Kara LaMarre at lamarrek@nemcsa.org, or 989-358-4616.

June
4th, 5th, 11th, 12th
Diabetes PATH Leader Training from 8:30am-4:00pm. Diocese of Gaylord, 611 West North St., Gaylord, MI. This is last Diabetes PATH Leader Training offered free of charge through the Administration on Aging's ARRA grant funding. To register or for more information contact: Kara LaMarre at lamarrek@nemcsa.org, or 989-358-4616.

18th
Diabetes PATH Cross Training for current PATH leaders from 8:30am-4:00pm. Diocese of Gaylord, 611 West North St., Gaylord, MI. This is last Diabetes PATH Cross Training offered free of charge through the Administration on Aging's ARRA grant funding. To register or for more information contact: Kara LaMarre at lamarrek@nemcsa.org, or 989-358-4616.

18th, 19th
Diabetes PATH Leader Training from 8:30am-4:00pm. Diocese of Gaylord, 611 West North St., Gaylord, MI. This is last Diabetes PATH Leader Training offered free of charge through the Administration on Aging's ARRA grant funding. To register or for more information contact: Kara LaMarre at lamarrek@nemcsa.org, or 989-358-4616.

21st
Stanford Chronic Pain Self-Management Cross-Training for current PATH Master Trainers from 8:30am-4:30pm. Comfort Inn-Airport, 4155 28th St., Grand Rapids, MI. Register by June 8th. To register or for more information contact: Sherri King at kings1@michigan.gov, or 517-373-4064.

22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th
Stanford Chronic Pain Self-Management Full Course Master Training from 8:30am-4:30pm on June 22nd-24th, and 8:30am-12:00pm on the 25th. Comfort Inn-Airport, 4155 28th St., Grand Rapids, MI. Register by June 8th. To register or for more information contact: Sherri King at kings1@michigan.gov, or 517-373-4064.

July
23rd
The East Central Regional PATH meeting will be held from 1:00pm-2:30pm at Synergy Medical Education Alliance, 1575 Concentric Blvd. Saginaw, MI. For more information contact: Laurie Gustafson at lgustafson@nkfm.org, or 810-232-0522.

Please let us know of any upcoming leader trainings, regional meetings, or other PATH events so that they can be included in our next newsletter.
Thank you for your continued support of PATH and for all that you do for the program. If you have any comments or suggestions for future newsletter please let us know!

Sincerely,
Karen McCloskey, Annemarie Hodges and Meghan Cormier
Michigan Partners on the PATH
Go to Newsletter Archive Page.