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Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is a low-cost evidence based intervention developed by Dr. Kate Lorig through the Stanford University School of Medicine. People with different chronic health problems attend together in a patient-centered environment. The program promotes self-efficacy and education through interactive peer-support. Subjects covered include: • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance • Appropriate use of medications • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals • Nutrition • Decision making • How to evaluate new treatments Workshops will meet once a week for 2 ½ hours for 6 weeks in two public libraries. The small-groups are facilitated by a pair of trained leaders - one or both of whom are a non-health professional who lives with a chronic disease.
Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
Medically Underserved Areas/Populations
Behavioral/Social Determinants of Health
African Americans or Black
Latino or Hispanic
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
Educator, K-12
General public
Health care provider
Library or information professional
Public health professional
Project Lead:
Bonnie Lewis
Funding Source: 
Project Funding:
Federal Fiscal Year: 
Funding Amount: 
Funding Period:
Nov 1, 2019 to Apr 30, 2020
Project Status:
In Progress