Workplace Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Millions of adults live with one or more chronic health conditions. A chronic health condition is an on-going health problem or disease such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis or other long-term problem. Workplace Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (wCDSMP) builds participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health condition.

MNRAAA can now train wCDSMP leaders. This program is an adaptation of the six-week Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and contains similar content, but is rearranged into one-hour segments for the workplace.

Sessions are led by two trained wCDSMP leaders at a hosting workplace. Participants are employees of the hosting workplace who are also dealing with a chronic health condition.
Curriculum includes the following:

  • Techniques to help balance work and home life
  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals
  • Nutrition
  • Decision-making
  • How to evaluate new treatments

Participants make weekly action plans, share experiences and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program.

To learn more, contact Lynn Buckley at 507.387.1256 x114 or lbuckley@mnraaa.org.

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