Disease Management

CCHN has recently embarked on a more direct role in addressing the burden of chronic disease on the local health care delivery system.  

Some of the initiatives supported through CCHN include:

Care Transitions Initiative

Through funding from a HRSA grant, CCHN has provided funding for six local provider offices to be trained using the innovative Care Transitions Program® model developed by Dr. Eric Coleman. The program is designed to:

  • support patients and families;
  • increase skills among healthcare providers;
  • enhance the ability of health information technology to promote health information exchange across care settings;
  • implement system level interventions to improve quality and safety;
  • develop performance measures and public reporting mechanisms

For further information about any of these Quality Management initiatives provided by CCHN. contact Lynn Wigren at 716-338-0010 or wigren@cchn.net.    

Chronic Disease Self Management

The Stanford Patient Education Research Center developed, tested, and evaluated a number of self-management programs for people with chronic health problems. All of the programs are designed to help people gain self-confidence in their ability to control their symptoms and how their health problems affect their lives. Small-group workshops are generally 6 weeks long, meeting once a week for about 2 hours, which are led by a pair of leaders. The meetings are highly interactive, focusing on building skills, sharing experiences and support.

Chautauqua County Health Network is  is currently partnering with several organizations and volunteer leaders to offer three options of the self management programs at locations throughout the county including: Living Healthy for those with general chronic conditions; and Living Healthy with Diabetes and Living Healthy with Chronic Pain for those with those specific conditions. The program is free and open to anyone with one or more chronic diseases(s).  It also can help caretakers of people with chronic illness.

The current 2014 schedule is available here. For further information or to obtain Living Healthy referral forms, contact Lynn Wigren at wigren@cchn.net or call 716-338-0010.

Diabetes Prevention Program

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) is a proven way to prevent diabetes in people who have pre-diabetes or are at risk for diabetes, by making small lifestyle changes.

Developed by the Indiana University School of Medicine, NDPP participants meet in a group setting over a 16-week period followed by monthly meetings where personal lifestyle goals are set for each individual.  Each one hour session covers diet, exercise and behavior modification to help participants reduce and maintain individual weight loss by 5-7% and participate in regular physical activity.The program helps participants learn to improve food choices, increase physical activity and learn coping skills to maintain weight loss and healthy lifestyle changes.

CCHN recently received a grant from the New York State Health Foundation to expand NDPP locally and will be working with local hospitals, the Department of Health and Human Services, The Chautauqua Center, and local employers to train new leaders and offer programs throughout the county in 2014. Please stay tuned for updated information. 


For further information contact CCHN at 716 338-0010.

Now U Know - Cancer

CCHN is affiliated with Roswell Park Cancer Institute in bringing Now U Know programs to Chautauqua County.  CCHN can work with local organizations or employers who are interested in learning more about evidence based cancer prevention and control programs.  

Based on the group’s interest there are a number of program topics ranging from Cancer 101;Screening for breast cancer, prostate cancer lung cancer and colorectal cancer; cancer disparities; peer navigation; clinical trials; databank and biorepository; and research navigation.  For further information contact CCHN at 338-0010.

Patient Activation Measure

The Patient Activation Measure (PAM) is a survey which is used to assess each patient’s knowledge, skills and confidence integral to managing their health and healthcare.  The PAM assessment measures an individual’s self-management competency and one’s sense of being in charge of his or her health. Care support and education are then more effectively tailored to help individuals become more engaged and successful managers of their health.

The PAM assessment segments consumers into one of four progressively higher activation levels. Each level addresses a broad array of self-care behaviors and offers deep insight into the characteristics that drive health activation. A PAM score can also predict healthcare outcomes including medication adherence, ER utilization and hospitalization.

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