Over 80% of older adults have a chronic condition such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease or arthritis. Chronic disease accounts for seven out of every 10 deaths in the US and 75% of healthcare costs. The Texas A&M Center for Population Health and Aging (CPHA) focuses on creating collaborations between clinical and community based organizations to combat the damaging physical, mental and financial effects of chronic disease. In this presentation, CPHA staff will demonstrate how communities of care can help their patients become their own healthcare advocate through low cost, non-pharma programming proven to be effective in improving patient health while reducing healthcare costs.
Katharine Tuck, CHWI, received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2015 from Texas A&M University. She currently works as the Program Assistant at the Center for Population Health and Aging where she assists with the implementation and dissemination of proven health and wellness programs for healthy aging locally and throughout the great state of Texas. She is a Master Trainer for the Self-Management Education Programs developed at Stanford including the Chronic Disease, Diabetes, and Chronic Pain Self-Management Program. Additionally, she is Lay Leader for the A Matter of Balance and Texersice Select Programs. As a graduate of Texas A&M University, she has been able to combine her love of psychology with self-management skills by training and leading Self-Management Education Programs to encourage healthy aging.
Ashley Wilson, Research Associate
Ashley Wilson is a Research Associate in the Center for Population Health and Aging at the School of Public Health (SPH) at Texas A&M University. Throughout her career at SPH, Ms. Wilson has focused her efforts on project evaluation and the dissemination of various CDSME and other Evidence-based programs that have been implemented both across the state of Texas as well as nationally. Ms. Wilson currently helps to manage the SUSTAIN (Supporting, Unifying, and Streamlining in Texas through Active Integrated Networks) project. The goal of this project is to leverage resources and connect AAA’s, health systems and MCOs in order to provide and sustain CDSME’s across the state. Ms. Wilson is also been a Master trainer for several evidence-based programs including Chronic Disease Self-Management, Diabetes Self-Management, and Chronic Pain Self-Management, and A Matter of Balance. She leads Lay Leader trainings in the programs and thoroughly enjoys teaching the workshops to participants.
Healthy aging is a personal interest of Ashley as well. She practices yoga on a daily basis, is a runner, and enjoys cooking fresh and healthy meals for her family, and in particular, for her 4- and 2-year-old children.