SOPHE releases new asynchronous course in collaboration with NCOA

The course supports individuals looking to get started with implementing Arthritis Appropriate Evidence-Based Programs (AAEBI)

Washington, D.C. – The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has developed a new course, “Arthritis Appropriate Evidence-Based Intervention (AAEBI) Training.” This asynchronous course supports the implementation of arthritis-appropriate evidence-based programs in various settings across the United States.

The Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA) defines Arthritis-Appropriate Evidence-Based Interventions (AAEBI) as evidence-based and community-based programs proven to improve the quality of life for adults with arthritis. AAEBI programs have met a list of requirements created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Arthritis Program and are adapted and upheld by the OAAA. The review process ensures that these programs are supported scientifically, address arthritis-related symptoms, and can be reasonably implemented and sustained by community organizations. For more information about AAEBIs and the review process, click here.

About a third of people who manage AAEBIs turnover each year. This employment turnover slows program reach to people living with arthritis and disrupts program delivery. Currently, there is no systematic training for new AAEBI administrators (those who administer the programs at an organizational level). As a result, SOPHE has partnered with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to develop an asynchronous course that includes independent modules that address key areas of starting an AAEBI.

SOPHE’s course includes the following modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to EBPs and AAEBIs
  • Module 2: Preparing to Start an EBP/AAEBI Program
  • Module 3: Inclusive practices to enhance diversity, equity, and belonging in EBPs
  • Module 4: AAEBI Sustainability and Lessons Learned from the Field

“Arthritis causes significant pain and disability for millions of Americans. SOPHE is pleased to partner with CDC and the National Council on Aging to provide this important training opportunity to build knowledge and skills that address arthritis and strengthen health equity,” SOPHE CEO Dr. William Datema said.

Arthritis affects people of all ages and is not a single disease; it refers to joint pain or joint disease and there are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. Check out SOPHE’S free Arthritis and Healthy Aging YouTube and our Arthritis eLearn page that includes Fact Sheets, Toolkit to Support Remote Delivery of Arthritis-Appropriate Evidence-Based Interventions (AAEBIs), Webinars, and Publications

This project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $125,000 with 16% percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.



The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is a nonprofit, independent professional association representing a diverse membership of health promotion and health education professionals and students in the United States and several international countries. SOPHE members work in businesses, schools, colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, hospitals, healthcare settings, worksites, and local, state, and federal government agencies. 

About NCOA

Since 1950 the National Council on Aging (NCOA) has been the voice for older adults and aims to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. Its goal is to impact the health and economic security of 40 million older adults by 2030, especially women, people of color, LGBTQ+, low-income, and rural individuals.