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Posted on: January 26, 2024

Chronic Disease Self Management Class

CDSM March 2024

In partnership with the Self-Management Resource Center (SMRC), Washington County Public Health is pleased to offer a FREE 6-week Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop for Washington County residents.

Do you have a Chronic Disease and/or are a family member, friend, or caretaker of an adult with a Chronic  Disease? Tell them about this FREE 6-week in-person workshop!

The workshop is recommended for adults with at least one chronic health condition and/or their family members, friends, or caretakers. Chronic diseases include but are not limited to, arthritis, lung problems/diseases, cancer, stroke, hypertension, anxiety/depression, obesity, heart disease, and tobacco-userelated conditions. Two Certified Peer Leaders with chronic diseases of their own will conduct this small-group workshop. 

The 6 week in-person workshop will be offered Thursdays from 1:30-4 pm, March 21st through April 25th at Proudfit Hall at the Bancroft Public Library - 181 South Main St. Salem, NY 12865. 

The workshop is free and each participant will receive supportive program materials including Self-Management Toolkit Resources, Action Planning Resources, a Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions book and more! The peer leaders will utilize various interactive activities such as discussions, brainstorming, practice of action planning and feedback, behavior modeling, problem-solving techniques, and decision-making to help participants acquire new skills in self-managing their chronic diseases. 

Session topics include:

  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance
  •  Healthy eating • Better breathing techniques and stress management
  •  Appropriate use of medication 
  • Working more effectively with health care providers 
  • Communicating with friends, family, oneself & the healthcare system

This interactive program aims to increase confidence, physical and psychological well-being, and knowledge of chronic disease self-management strategies. This program does not, however, replace any existing programs or treatments.

Feedback from 2023 participants include:

  •  “This course has made me understand myself better, and how to make changes necessary to live the life I want to live..”
  • “Wonderful Program!” 
  • “The class was very helpful in problem-solving and knowing other people have the same issues and how they handle them.”

Participants are encouraged to bring their own water/drinks and a snack. Stretch breaks will be offered throughout the workshop. The workshop is limited to a small group of participants and priority will be given to Washington County residents. Registration is required. For questions or to register, please call 518-746-2400. 

For more information on the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, visit the Self-Management Resource Center’s CDSMP Webpage

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