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- What is Chronic Disease Self-management?
- What will I learn?
- Are these workshops for me?
- Where are the workshops being held and how do I sign up?
- Volunteer Opportunities

What is Chronic Disease Self-Management Program?

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP, formerly called LiveWell in our community) workshops use a proven program developed at Stanford University. CDSMP workshops were offered by Thurston County Public Health and Social Services and Physicians of Southwest Washington between October 2008 and August 2010 under a licensed agreement with the developers of the program at Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center.

CDSMP workshops are 2.5 hour sessions held once a week for six weeks. Sessions are highly participative, where mutual support and success builds the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active lives. Workshop sessions are facilitated by two Stanford-trained leaders, at least one having personal experience with a chronic health condition.

Coordinating Your Own CDSMP

Interested in coordinating CDSMP for your community or people you serve? You will need to inquire with the Self-Management Resource Center at: https://www.selfmanagementresource.com/. Information on how Thurston County Public Health and Social Services coordinated LiveWell can be found in the toolkit [PDF].

What Will I Learn?

Among the topics included in every six week workshop series are: Action Planning, Problem Solving, Physical Activity, Pain/Fatigue Management, How to Plan for Your Future, Healthy Eating, Medication Management, Making Informed Decisions, How to Work with Your Healthcare Provider and System and many other topics. 

Are These Workshops For Me?

CDSMP workshops are for you if you are living with a chronic health condition such as arthritis, chronic pain, depression, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, MS, and many others.

Where Are The Workshops and How Do I Sign Up?

Thurston County Public Health and Social Services expects to restart the offering of these workshops in Thurston County sometime in 2019. Kaiser Permanente also offers the CDSMP workshops locally and other partners may be making CDSMP available in the region as well.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in being trained to facilitate Chronic Disease Self-Management workshops that assist others in managing their chronic health condition(s), please consider becoming a CDSMP Leader.  For more information, contact Lesley Price at (360) 867-2515, or send an E-mail.


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