Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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The Disease Prevention Health Promotion (Title IIID) funding is designed to promote evidence-based programs that support healthy lifestyles and help manage chronic disease. Evidence-based health promotion programs empower older adults to take control of their health by learning new techniques for managing their health conditions, reducing their pain and improving their quality of life. These programs can also reduce the need for more costly medical interventions.

Over the past decade, the Aging Network has been moving toward using evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion programs. According to the National Council on Aging, “Evidence-based programs (EBPs) offer proven ways to promote health and prevent disease among older adults.” Evidence-based programs are based on scientific evidence and demonstrated through rigorous evaluation to be effective in improving the health of older adults.

All California Title IIID programs must use one of the following methods to demonstrate the programs meet Administration on Community Living evidence-based requirements:

  1. AAAs may use the Title IIID funding to support any evidence-based program(s) that have been approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) or

  2. AAAs may use Title IIID funding to support program(s) that meet the criteria for ACL’s evidence-based definition. The program must:

    • Have demonstrated through evaluation that they are effective for improving the health and well-being or reducing the disability and/or injury among older adults.
    • Have been proven effective with the older adult population, having used an Experimental or Quasi-Experimental Design.
    • Have research/evaluation results that have been published in a peer-reviewed journal.
    • Have been implemented previously at the community level (with fidelity to the published research) and shown to be effective outside a research setting.
    • Include program manuals, guides, and/or handouts that are available to the public.
    • Contact your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) to determine what programs are available in your area.

To learn more about Evidence-Based programs available in your area visit the California Healthier Living website.

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Updated August 10, 2016

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