The Loop 
Spring 2016
Issue 25
In This Issue
2016 MI-PATH Meeting
Save the Date
National Arthritis Awareness Month
Leader Refresher
Implementation Manual
Leader/Trainer Certification Guidelines



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

Quick Links
MI Partners on the PATH Annual Conference Recap (Materials Available)

The 2016 Michigan Partners on the PATH annual statewide meeting took place April 12th at the Lansing Community College West. There were 96 people in attendance - leaders, master trainers, coordinators and others, all of whom make PATH work in Michigan. 

The theme was "Connect the Dots: Helping you be the best leader you can be," with the day's presentations offering skills, tools and information to do just that. Linda McNeil from the Region 9 Area Agency on Aging offered guidelines on how to effectively work with healthcare providers to generate referrals to PATH workshops. Candice Lee from the Michigan Arthritis program presented on how trauma and the social determinants of health impact workshop participants.

Linda Keilman from the Michigan State University College of Nursing presented on Motivational Interviewing, a technique that can be used when recruiting and building referral networks. The day was packed with opportunities to ask questions, problem-solve, and learn from others.

View the materials from the day's presentations.

Save the Date

Please mark your calendars for the next Michigan Partners on the PATH statewide meeting on Wednesday, November 30, 2017 in Lansing.
May is National Arthritis Awareness Month

More than two million people in the state of Michigan - and 45% of participants in PATH workshops - have arthritis. While there is no cure for arthritis, it can be managed in ways that allow people with arthritis to minimize symptoms and prevent disability. If you'd like to learn more, the Arthritis Foundation offers tools and resources to help people live better.
News from Stanford
Leader Refresher Curriculum

The Stanford Patient Education Research Center, along with many partners, has developed a long-awaited refresher curriculum for Leaders of Stanford Self-Management Programs (all versions.) The effort was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The new Refresher Manual is designed for Master Trainers or T-Trainers to use to refresh well-performing Leaders who have been unable to facilitate a workshop in the time required to maintain their active status. It concentrates on the critical process skills that are common to all Stanford Self-Management programs, and is applicable to all of the Stanford programs. In-person Leader Refresher training takes about 5 hours when lunch is not figured in. More information can be found on our website:
Master Trainers will need to attend an orientation webinar before using the Refresher Manual to refresh their Leaders. The cost will be $50 and additional dates will be posted on the Stanford website soon.
We anticipate that there will be many opportunities for leaders to attend in-person refresher training in the coming months, dates to be determined. Stay tuned for additional information.

Implementation Manual

Most leaders and master trainers are very familiar with the PATH leader manual - after all, we use it in every workshop! But sometimes we forget that Stanford has provided another manual for us - the Implementation Manual. This manual provides information and resources about how to establish a workshop, choose a site, recruit participants, and more. You can find this manual at:

Leader & Trainer Certification Guidelines
Effective May 1, Stanford has updated their Leader & Certification Guidelines to provide more clarification and scenarios. You can find the guidelines on their website here:

Thank You


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 newsletters please let us know!



Karen McCloskey, Candice Lee and Doreen Chambers

Michigan Arthritis Program

Contact Information

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. Email Candice Lee at

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