Check out 6 new evidence-based health promotion programs

Six new programs were recently approved by the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Evidence-Based Program Review Council for inclusion on the pre-approved list for future discretionary funding opportunities through the Administration for Community Living. Learn more about the newly approved programs and view the full list of  Highest Tier Evidence-Based Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Programs. 

The new programs include: 

  • BRI Care Consultation™ is an evidence-based care-coaching program, owned by the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging (BRIA), for older and younger adults with chronic health conditions/disabilities and family or friend caregivers. It is delivered via telephone, mail, and email by trained Care Consultants. The core components of the Program include: 1) assessment, 2) action planning, and 3) ongoing maintenance and support.
  • Health Coaches for Hypertension Control (HCHC) consists of eight weekly sessions averaging about 1.5 hours each.  The weekly sessions are offered by a pair of trained lay leaders (Health Coaches) in various community sites. The eight core sessions include: Basics of Hypertension Control; Nutrition; Physical Activity (includes Weight Control); Tobacco Use; Stress Management; Medication Management; Long-Term Action Plan.
  • On the Move is a group-based exercise program for older adults designed to target key principles of the biomechanics and motor control of walking. Classes are 50 minutes in duration and held twice a week, for 12 weeks. The program contains a warm-up, stepping patterns, walking patterns, strengthening exercises, and cool-down exercises.
  • REACH Community (Resources Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health in the Community) is a translation of the NIA/NINR-funded REACH II randomized clinical trial and based on the VA program REACH VA.  REACH helps caregivers of persons with dementia manage patient behavioral concerns and their own stress.  REACH provides education, support, and skills building, including problem solving, mood management/cognitive reframing, and stress management.  The intervention has four core sessions during two to three months, with the option for additional sessions.
  • SHARE (Support, Health, Activities, Resources, and Education) for Dementia is an evidence-based care planning counseling program developed by Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging (BRIA).  SHARE focuses on and intervenes with care dyads: persons living with early-stage dementia and their family caregivers.  Each care dyad works with a SHARE Counselor to identify sources of support (i.e., family, friends, and service providers), in order to build a balanced and realistic plan of care for the future.
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) is an evidence-based manualized group intervention for illness self-management that has been shown to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, while increasing hopefulness, quality of life, self-advocacy skills, and emotional recovery. Delivered in a self-help group context (in-person or online), WRAP guides participants through the process of identifying and understanding their personal wellness resources (“wellness tools”), and then helps them to develop an individualized plan to use these resources to manage daily stress and symptoms of mental and physical illnesses.