ENACT Teams Up with the Arthritis Foundation to Offer a Program for Persons Newly Diagnosed
The New England Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation partnered with ENACT to apply for a grant to pilot a new program developed for persons newly diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). The grant was awarded to the chapter, to be administered in the Boston area. On June 22, 2013, the “RA: Newly Diagnosed” program was offered at Boston University’s Sargent College.
After completing the training to become a facilitator, ENACT doctoral fellow Molly Vaughan, DPT, conducted the 12-person session. The free, 3-hour program addressed key issues of importance for people newly diagnosed with RA, including discussion to demystify this complex autoimmune disorder; an easy-to-understand explanation of medication and treatment options; and self-management strategies to help take control of the disease. All of this was done in a group setting, providing opportunities to interact with others who have RA and to share personal experiences and tips. Attendees ended the morning with great ideas about how to manage RA. The program was ranked “the most successful pilot nationwide” by Arthritis Foundation staff.
ENACT is proud to continue its successful collaboration with the Arthritis Foundation, and we look forward to many more such events in the future.