The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACCD) selected OPTA as one of three national grant recipients to increase awareness and implementation of the Walk With Ease (WWE) self-directed intervention program for arthritis management. 

OPTA expects to reach out to and enroll over 400 seniors from a variety of independent community and supported care settings in WWE in 2018.

“This grant will support a strong collaboration between physical therapists, health systems, community programs, and residential centers that will assist in improving the quality of life for older adults affected by joint pain and arthritis”, says Jose L. Reyna, PT, DPT, principal OPTA grantee.

Coordinated efforts with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Oregon Arthritis Program, Pacific University’s School of Physical Therapy, and Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Services’ Walk With Ease program is expected to improve physical therapist and primary care awareness of the WWE program. “The NACDD grant will help the OPTA and state agencies to assess strengths and collaborative opportunities for advancing WWE outreach and implementation, and create a sustainability plan for ongoing access, resources, and funding”, says Reyna. “Ultimately, OPTA, OHA and OSU want to advance best practices to improve mobility and the quality of life for seniors affected by arthritis, and the NACCD grant provides us the funding to make positive changes in our community’s health awareness.”