Healthy Living with Chronic Conditions

  • The Healthy Living with Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) was developed by Stanford University. It is a self-management education workshop aimed at empowering individuals to take control of their condition by learning helpful techniques. 

  • CDSMP workshops are designed to help people gain self-confidence in their ability to control their symptoms and learn how their health problems affect their lives. Small-group, highly interactive workshops are six weeks long, meeting once a week for 2 ½ hours, and are facilitated by a pair of leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with chronic diseases themselves. 

  • Workshop Topics Include:

    • How to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation​

    • Ways to maintain and improve strength, flexibility, and endurance

    • Managing medications

    • How to communicate more effectively with family, friends, and health professionals

    • Healthy eating

    • How to evaluate new treatments

  • Who Should Attend?:

    • Adults with chronic health conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and other ongoing health problems​

    • The program may be particularly beneficial for people who have more than one health condition, whose health problems have begun to interfere with their valued life activities, or who have had difficulty following their health recommendations

    • Caregivers and family members are invited to attend

  • If your organization is interested in hosting this workshop, please contact:

  • To find where this workshop is currently being offered near you, please see the event page!