Empowering people with the skills to manage their diabetes and other chronic health conditions. Do you or someone you love have diabetes or another chronic health condition? If you’d like to learn how to better manage the day-to-day issues that are common with chronic disease, we have a Self Management skill-building workshop for you. Developed at Stanford University, the Alliance is working to spread this program across the county and improve the ability of those with chronic conditions to manage their symptoms. Workshops are fun, informative and free. If you want to attend a workshop, sponsor a workshop, or become a leader, click here to send us a message.
LIVE WELL Greenbrier Self-Management Workshops
The LIVE WELL Greenbrier Project is a Greenbrier County Health Alliance initiative funded by the Benedum Foundation to engage communities across Greenbrier County to become healthier. As part of this initiative, an evidence based curriculum developed by Stanford University is being used to train leaders and support community partner to conduct self-management workshops with in their community. Working under a Stanford program license agreement with the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine, Center for Rural and Community Health, the Alliance is disseminating the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) and Diabetes Self-Management Programs (DSMP) across the county.
The CDSMP is a 6-week workshop for people with different chronic conditions who attend together and develop skills needed in the day-to-day management of their conditions. The curriculum supports self-managed behavior modification and coping strategies to enable participants to better manage their health, medications, and increase physical activity levels.
The DSMP is for people with diabetes, their caregivers, and people who are at risk for diabetes. It teaches the day-to-day management of diabetes and skills to maintain and increase life’s activities. This workshop supports participants in developing the skills to prevent or delay the complications of having diabetes. The curriculum supports self-managed behavior modification and coping strategies to enable participants to manage their diabetes, food choices, medications, and increase physical activity levels.
Both programs meet once a week for 6 weeks and the 2 hour sessions are interactive and fun. These healthy lifestyle programs: (1) help people take day-to-day responsibility for their health, and (2) increase the skills necessary to manage their health and work effectively with their health care professionals. In addition, participants learn problem-solving and decision-making skills related to taking care of the daily tasks of living with chronic health conditions.
Everyone can benefit from learning to coordinate all the activities needed to manage their health, as well as to help them maintain a full and active life. Many people have multiple chronic conditions including diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, arthritis, stroke, chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma, etc. The program is especially helpful for people that have more than one chronic condition. This program is very useful for people with chronic conditions struggling with weight management issues and is beneficial for people who are newly diagnosed or individuals that have been coping with their condition for many years.
For over 30 years, the Stanford Patient Education Research Center has developed, tested, and evaluated these self-management programs. The programs have been proven effective across socioeconomic and education levels. Health benefits continue over a two-year period even the disability worsens. There are demonstrated health care cost savings associated with these programs. For a bibliography of program research please visit http://patienteducation.stanford.edu/biblio.html
Community leaders do not need prior experience and can be trained as workshop leaders in 4- days. The leader trainings are dynamic, interactive program demonstrations that prepare community leaders to deliver each program with confidence, quality and fidelity to the curriculum. Workshops are always facilitated by two leaders, both trained to lead the program following a highly scripted manual.
Leaders are trained to facilitate activities and program content that includes:
- Developing and maintaining a long-term exercise program
- Fatigue management
- Dealing with anger, depression, and other negative emotions
- Cognitive management of pain and stress
- Communication with family/friends/physicians
- Using prescribed medication appropriately
- Healthy eating
- Making informed treatment decisions
- Developing decision-making and problem-solving and action planning skills
The Diabetes Self-Management Program also covers:
- What is diabetes?
- Formula for a healthy eating plan
- Preventing low blood sugar:Hypoglycemia
- Preventing or delaying complications
- Planning low fat meals
- Reading nutrition labels
- Strategies for sick days
- Foot care
How are the Stanford self-management programs being disseminated in WV?
The WV School of Osteopathic Medicine, Center for Rural and Community Health, received Stanford license to disseminate these programs in 2014.
In 2016, Greenbrier County Health Alliance received a Claude Worthington Benedum grant to disseminate the Self-Management programs as part of the Live Well Greenbrier Project designed to engage communities across the county to become healthier.
Through the Alliance leaders have been trained and workshops are taking place across Greenbrier County in Lewisburg, Rainelle, Alderson, and Renick. WVSOM Center for Rural and Community Health is also taking state-wide leadership to develop partners, strategies and infrastructure to spread and sustain these valuable communities based programs across West Virginia.
Additional leaders are being recruited for another leader training early in 2017. If you’re interested in becoming a leader or bringing this workshop to your community, please contact us.
Sally Hurst, Director of Outreach
WV School of Osteopathic Medicine, Center for Rural and Community Health 400 North Lee Street, Lewisburg, WV 24901