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Chronic Disease Self Management (CDSMP)

The purpose of the program is to enhance a person's ability to manage their health and increase their
activities to maintain an active and fulfilling lifestyle.
The CDSMP is a six-session peer lead health education program. Each session complements the health care participants may already be receiving. During each 2 -1/2 hour session, approximately 10-15 participants focus on building the skills they need to manage their conditions. Workshops are highly participative, with mutual success and support building participants' confidence and their ability to manage their health and maintain active fulfilling lives. The curriculum was developed Stanford University's Patient Education Center. The CDSMP helps participants to:
  • Feel better. Increase energy and get relief from pain, fatigue, and difficult emotions.
  • Take control of their life. Helps them do the things they want to do each day.
  • Get connected.  Learn from others who have similar health issues.
  • Understand how to eat healthy and start an exercise program.
  • Communicate better with family, friends, and the medical team.
  • Design a self-management program. 
This evidence based workshop is free to any adult.  For information on upcoming classes please contact Sally Terek, M.Ed, Program Coordinator at  315-464-1746. For more detailed information please click the links below:
We operate under the license agreement between the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University and the Research Foundation of the State University of New York, on behalf of the Center for Excellence in Aging and Community Wellness located in Albany NY.