An initiative of The N.C. Center for Health & Wellness at UNC Asheville

How to Become a Leader

What is a “Lay Leader”?

Many of the evidence based programs offered across North Carolina use a lay leader programming model.  This means that the leaders don’t have to be physicians, nurses, or physical therapists, they just need to be interested in helping people take control of their health.  The lay leader training provides an individual with everything they’ll need to lead a class through a given program. Individuals interested in becoming certified as a lay leader will lead in an evidence based class such as A Matter of Balance or one of the Chronic Disease Self Management Programs.

Who can become a Lay Leader?

Participants should be willing to lead classes in their community at regular intervals, with support from a Master Trainer and other healthy aging leaders.

What are the components?

Lay leader training varies by program.  Training sessions include in-depth discussions of the program content, activities, and quality assurance. You don’t need any previous teaching or healthcare experience but you must plan to attend the entire training in order to be certified.

Lay Leader Trainings

There are two ways to get trained as a Walk With Ease leader:

1. Go through the Arthritis Foundation and pay the $89 . . . OR . . .

2. The North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness can assist you with some of the leader training expenses with funds from our CDC grant. For more information please contact CDC Arthritis and Chronic Pain Project Manager, Nadia Mazza.