IL Pathways to Health

 Become a Host Site

 

Interested in Hosting a Workshop?

 

Are you interested in bringing a workshop to your agency, church, community center or other site? A host site is the physical location where the workshop takes place in the community. Host sites are not compensated for hosting a workshop.

Host Sites provide some or all of the following:

  • Providing meeting space

  • Finding participants

  • Registering participants

Scroll down for further information on how to become a host site for our different programs.

 
 

Host a Take Charge of Your Health Workshop at Your Location

 
A local library and county health department to provide a great workshop for these participants!

A local library and county health department to provide a great workshop for these participants!

The Take Charge of Your Health program umbrella consists of the Chronic and Diabetes Self-Management evidence-based programs originally developed at Stanford University and now managed by the Self-Management Resource Center (SMRC).

Workshops are offered at a wide-variety of locations including libraries, churches, schools, hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices, senior centers and recreation centers. Hosting a workshop means you are willing to provide a space for those in your community to meet and participate in the Take Charge of Your Health programs. The same space should be available at the same day and time for seven consecutive weeks. The workshop runs for six weeks but at times we have to add an additional session day to recruit enough participants to move forward with the workshop. Participants and facilitators meet for two and half hour sessions.

We ask that all of our host sites be accessible for individuals with disabilities (according to the Americans with Disabilities Act) to accommodate the various needs of program participants. The room should have chairs and tables, preferably set up in a U-shape, and a space to set up snacks. The use of T.V. and other technology is not needed. On the workshop scheduling form you will find additional host site requirements.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

How many participants do I need to recruit and register for this workshop?

Workshops must have at least 10 participants in order to begin. Because some may drop out or no longer be able to attend, we recommend that at least 14 participants be registered in order to meet the 10-person minimum. We are committed to helping you promote the Take Charge of Your Health programs any way we can! Please contact us to discuss strategies in your area.

How frequently are Take Charge facilitator trainings conducted?

Take Charge facilitator trainings are conducted several times a year at various locations throughout the state. If you are interested in becoming a Take Charge facilitator, you can find more details here. You can also check for upcoming facilitator training on the Find a Workshop Near Me Map.

How will I know if other workshops are being conducted in my area?

When you submit the inquiry to be a host site, we will check our currently scheduled workshops to make sure there are not too many workshops for the same program in the same area. You can also check our currently scheduled workshops on the Find a Workshop Near Me page.

Do participants have to meet a certain age range?

No. However, our main focus is for participants who are 60 years and older, as well as adults with disabilities of any age. The program has also been proven beneficial for caregivers of people with ongoing health conditions.

Will this cost my organization anything?

Cost to your organization is determined by many factors, such as number of workshops, materials, length of commitment, and location. Please contact us so we may assess your organizational needs for the program.

Are refreshments provided?

Refreshments are not provided and not required for the workshop. Depending on the guidelines at your location, participants could bring snacks or your agency could provide snacks.


 
 

Host a Fall Prevention Workshop at Your Location

 
Group of older adults practicing the seated Matter of Balance exercises!

Group of older adults practicing the seated Matter of Balance exercises!

Matter of Balance

A Matter of Balance is an award-winning, evidence-based program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls.

Workshops are offered at a wide-variety of locations including senior living facilities, libraries, churches, schools, hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices, health departments, senior centers, recreation centers, and fire departments. Hosting a workshop means you are willing to provide a space for those in your community to meet and participate in A Matter of Balance. The same space should be available at the same day and time for 8 consecutive weeks. Participants and coaches meet for two hour sessions.

We ask that all of our host sites be accessible for individuals with disabilities (according to the Americans with Disabilities Act) to accommodate the various needs of program participants. The classroom should have enough space for each participant to exercise and move around comfortably. The room should have chairs and tables, preferably set up in a U-shape, and a space to set up snacks. Host sites provide a TV with DVD player and healthful snacks for each session. On the workshop scheduling form you will find some additional host site requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

How many participants do I need to recruit and register for this workshop

Because the class involves group discussion and problem-solving, the ideal class size is 10 - 12 participants (no fewer than 8, no more than 14).

How frequently are Matter of Balance coach trainings conducted?

A Matter of Balance Coach trainings and updates are conducted several times a year at various locations throughout the state. If you are interested in becoming A Matter of Balance Coach, you can find more details here. You can also check for upcoming coach training on the Find a Workshop Near Me Map.

How will I know if other workshops are being conducted in my area?

When you submit the inquiry to be a host site, we will check our currently scheduled A Matter of Balance workshops to make sure there are not too many workshops for the same program in the same area. You can also check our currently scheduled workshops on the Find a Workshop Near Me page.

Who is an ideal candidate for this workshop series?

The program is designed to benefit older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls
  • Have fallen in the past
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength
  • Are age 60 or older, community-dwelling and able to problem solve

Will this cost my organization anything?

There are costs associated with training Coaches and providing A Matter of Balance classes:

  • The Matter of Balance Class involves eight 2-hour sessions. Costs to consider for host sites include refreshments for classes (approx. $5/person for eight sessions) and room and audio/visual equipment.

What space and equipment are needed to host A Matter of Balance workshop?

The classroom should be ADA-accessible and have enough space for each participant to exercise and move around comfortably. The room should have chairs and tables, preferably set up in a U-shape, and a space to set up snacks. Facilitators provide materials such as name tags, attendance sheet, pencils, markers, tape, a flip chart and stand. Organizations provide coach manuals and participant handbooks. Host sites provide a TV with DVD player and healthful snacks for each session.

 

Healthy Steps in Motion

Healthy Steps in Motion is an evidence-based fall prevention program for adults 50 years and older. It is designed to for older adults who are interested in interested in building strength, flexibility and balance.

Workshops are offered at a wide-variety of locations including senior centers, older adult living facilities, recreation centers, hospitals and YMCA’s. Hosting a workshop means you are willing to provide a space for those in your community to meet and participate in Healthy Steps in Motion. Depending on the length of the program chosen, the same space should be available at the same day and time for either 4 or 8 consecutive weeks. The program can be presented as a 4-Week Program with a one-hour class twice a week, or a 8-Week Program with a one-hour class once a week.

We ask that all of our host sites be accessible for individuals with disabilities (according to the Americans with Disabilities Act) to accommodate the various needs of program participants. The classroom should have enough space for each participant to exercise and move around comfortably. This requires a 6’ x 15’ area next to a sturdy wall and, ideally, in a corner. Chairs should be arranged so that they can be easily moved to form pairs or small groups, or so participants can stand and do exercises. Consideration for space should include people who use walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Host sites are encouraged but not required to provide healthful snacks for each session. In the FAQ section below, you will find some additional host site requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

How many participants do I need to recruit and register for this workshop?

The ideal class depends on the instructor, size of the room, the layout of the room, physical ability of the participants, and spotters. However, we ask for a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 18 participants.

How frequently are Healthy Steps in Motion coach trainings conducted?

Healthy Steps in Motion trainings and updates are conducted based on funding. Currently, no trainings in Illinois are scheduled. When trainings become available, the trainings will be listed on the Find a Worshop Near Me page.

How will I know if other workshops are being conducted in my area?

When you submit the inquiry to be a host site, we will check our currently scheduled Healthy Steps in Motion workshops to make sure there are not too many workshops for the same program in the same area. You can also check our currently scheduled workshops on the Find a Workshop Near Me page.

Who is an ideal candidate for this workshop series?

The program is designed to benefit older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls
  • Want to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength
  • Are age 50 or older

Will this cost my organization anything?

There are costs associated with training coaches and providing Healthy Steps in Motion classes:

  • The Healthy Steps in Motion Class involves eight sessions. Costs to consider for host sites include refreshments for classes (approx. $5/person for eight sessions). Host sites are encouraged but not required to provide healthful snacks for each session.

What space and equipment are needed to host a Healthy Steps in Motion workshop?

Facilitators provide materials such as name tags, attendance sheet, workshop forms and handouts, pens and pencils, resistance bands and music. Organizations provide coach manuals and participant guides. General site requirements include:

  • Handicapped accessible
  • Parking nearby
  • Ideally, near public transportation or in an area where older adults live
  • Telephone
  • Restrooms
  • Good heating and ventilation, but keep on the cool side
  • Air conditioning and/or fans for summer
  • Room to move about for people who use walkers, wheelchairs, and other aids
  • Space for physical activity/exercising. The physical screening station requires 6' X 15' area next to a sturdy wall and, ideally, in a corner.
  • Space for sitting in small groups or around a table
  • As long as there are enough spotters for participants, any normal floor surface, without carpet or flat-pile carpet, should be satisfactory. Avoid deep pile carpeting. Remove area rugs, which can move, bunch, or curl and cause falls. Make sure the floors are not slippery or recently waxed.