PATH: Personal Action Toward Health

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The health and safety of everyone involved with our organization is very important to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. All in-person workshops are postponed for the time being. We have online or distance-learning workshop options available (see below).

CClick here for the list of upcoming PATH workshops.

If you are interested in participating in a PATH workshop, or are interested in hosting or referring people to a workshop, please click the button to get in touch with the PATH Team.

PATH (Personal Action Toward Health)

What is it:

  • PATH is the Michigan name for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed by Stanford University. PATH helps people better manage their long-term health conditions.
  • Six-week workshop, held once per week for around 2 1/2 hours.
  • Led by two trained leaders, at least one of whom has a long-term health condition.
  • Participants learn strategies to deal with pain, fatigue, and difficult emotions. Each week participants create personal action plans and set practical, achievable goals.  

Who should participate:

  • Adults with chronic or ongoing health conditions including arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, emphysema, asthma, kidney disease, obesity, and depression.
  • Family members, friends, and caregivers of someone with a chronic condition are also encouraged to attend.
  • Caregivers interested in caring for their own health.

Types of PATH Workshops:

  • General PATH is for anyone with a chronic health condition.
  • Diabetes PATH is for people who are living with type 2 diabetes. 
  • Chronic Pain PATH is for people living with chronic pain. 
  • Kidney PATH is for people living with chronic kidney disease.
  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers is similar to PATH and is for caregivers to learn how to take care of themselves.

Format for PATH workshops:

1. Online: Better Choices Better Health

  • Log in on your own time to review weekly content and communicate with other participants and leaders on discussion boards.
  • Workshops consist of about 25 participants from across the country. Click here to learn more.

2. Video conference/Virtual

3. Toolkit with phone support

4. In-person workshops


The NKFM is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its programs. To request accommodation contact the PATH team at least ten days in advance at: 800-482-1455 or e-mail at [email protected].


What are the benefits of participating?

  • increased connection to others
  • fewer symptoms
  • better communication with physicians
  • a greater sense of control over your health
  • increased physical activity
  • better general health compared to those who had not participated in the workshop

Path Workshop Topics: Six-Session Course 

  • Self-management and chronic health conditions
  • Using your mind to manage symptoms
  • Getting a good night's sleep
  • Action Plans
  • Problem solving
  • Dealing with difficult emotions
  • Physical activity and exercise
  • Preventing falls
  • Making decisions
  • Pain and Fatigue Management
  • Better Breathing
  • Healthy eating
  • Communication skills
  • Medication usage
  • Making informed treatment decisions
  • Dealing with depression
  • Working with your health care professional
  • Future Plans




Generous Program Funders:
Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Area Agency on Aging - 1B
Area Agency on Aging  – The Senior Alliance
Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
University of Michigan Transplant Center
Beaumont Health
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan - Ralph Wilson Jr. Legacy Funds

PATH testimonials

  • “This workshop helped me with goal setting, and realizing how chronic conditions share complications that feed into one another. As a result, I have been more actively monitoring my glucose and salt intake… Having my spouse and others in the workshop as accountability partners has helped motivate me in making incremental changes to a healthier lifestyle”
  • “This program is very informative, it provides clear concepts to managing areas of life that we tend to overlook. Excellent materials and resources to help you get on track and stay there.”
  • “The leaders made me feel very comfortable and, by showing confidence themselves, made me feel much more at ease and confident.”
View the video below to find out more about PATH for consumers. To view the video created for providers, click playlist and then select Michigan Partners on the PATH: Providers.