Better Manage Your Chronic Disease

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, a nationally recognized program developed by Stanford University, is designed to help individuals build confidence in their ability to manage their health conditions, and lead active, fulfilling lives.

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program consists of workshops given for two and a half hours, once a week for six weeks. People with any chronic condition such as diabetes, Parkinson’s and heart disease OR caregivers of someone with a chronic condition can attend the workshop series. Two-trained leaders run the workshops; one or both of whom have a chronic condition.

Program Leaders:
Are you interested in ‘leading’ a program for your community? The program uses leaders to teach the six weekly sessions. The Rockland County Department of Health will provide the training for individuals to become program leaders. The program can be offered at worksites, senior centers, churches, synagogues, housing complexes, and other community locations. Click here to view the participant recruitment flyer.

Do you have Diabetes? Join a Chronic Disease Self-Managment class designed for people living with Diabetes.

Program Topics:

  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
  • Appropriate exercises for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals
  • Nutrition
  • Making informed treatment decisions