Practices that show evidence of effectiveness in improving public health outcomes in a specific real-life setting, as indicated by achievement of aims consistent with the objectives of the activities, and are suitable for adaptation by other communities.

Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives (PEARLS)

The University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center

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Outreach/ Education/ Communications
Healthcare Access and Quality
Social and Community Context
Tools Included
Outside U.S.

Mitigation and Prevention

Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives is designed to support older adults thorough depression education and skill building to increase self sufficiency and active living. The program is structured over 6-8 weeks of sessions and is designed to be administered by staff who have no previous counseling or mental health education. The program originally started in the 1990’s in Washington state and has since been implemented with a wide range of minority and hard-to-reach populations.

Resource Details

Outcomes of Interest

Reduction of Health Disparities

Priority Population(s)

Adults Aged 65 and Older

Setting(s) of Implementation

Geographic Area of Implementation

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