What is Personal Action Toward Health (PATH)?
PATH is a workshop that empowers people to take an active role in managing a chronic or long-term health condition. Workshops meet for 6 weeks, in 2 1/2 hour sessions each week. Workshops are offered in convenient, easily accessible community locations, and are offered for free, or at very low cost to participants.
Who should participate:
- Adults with any chronic or long-term health conditions including arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, emphysema, asthma, bronchitis and depression.
- Family members, friends, and caregivers are also encouraged to attend the workshop.
What happens in a PATH workshop?
The goal of the workshop is to help participants become better self-managers.
The workshop content is not disease specific; rather, it focuses on symptoms that are common to people with a variety of health conditions. Over the 6 weeks, emphasis is placed on creating personal action plans and setting practical, achievable goals.
Participants learn strategies to help them deal with problems such as pain, fatigue, and difficult emotions. Other topics include managing symptoms, managing medications, working with health care providers, relaxation, healthy eating, physical activity and communicating with family and friends.
In addition to PATH, there are several other versions of the self-management program.
Which PATH workshop is right for you?
- Diabetes PATH is a workshop for adults with type 2 diabetes, their family, friends and caregivers.
- Chronic Pain PATH is for people with long-term pain management issues and their caregivers.
Michigan Partners on the PATH Video for Providers
Michigan Partners on the PATH Video for Consumers