Free six-week, self-management workshops are offered to adults who have themselves or are caring for someone with a chronic condition, cancer diagnosis or diabetes. Classes are open to adults of all ages and abilities. All self-management programs are evidence-based and were originally developed at Stanford University. These workshops have been proven to help participants successfully manage their chronic condition and improve their overall health in coordination with their healthcare team.
Programs feature the following:
- Small-group workshops — 12 to 16 participants
- 2.5 hours of time per session
- One session per week, for six weeks
- Community settings such as senior centers, places of worship, provider offices, libraries, and hospitals
- Rooms large enough for all participants to gather comfortably, plus space for two leaders and their materials
- Accessible locations
- Virtual offerings in the comfort of your own home
People with different chronic health conditions attend together to:
- Develop weekly action plans based on their needs
- Share experiences
- Help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program
Sessions are highly interactive and led by specially trained lay leaders.
Sessions focus on building skills, sharing experiences, and offering support. All programs are led by a team of lay leaders. Lay leaders are people from the community who have experience in dealing with the same difficulties as those who are participating in the programs. They have received comprehensive in-person training to deliver the program content from a highly detailed manual.
Self-management programs will not conflict with existing programs or treatments.
Programs are designed to enhance regular treatment by your healthcare team. The programs are designed to help participants gain self-confidence in their ability to control their symptoms, and to control how their health problems affect their lives. These programs have been rigorously evaluated and are found to be effective tools to help participants with chronic health conditions. In addition, many people have more than one chronic condition. Self-management programs are especially helpful for them, as the programs give participants the skills to coordinate all the tools they need to manage their health and stay active in their lives.
Participants will continue to follow their health care provider’s treatment plan while building confidence in their ability to manage their condition.