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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 716-338-0010.