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Chronic Disease Self Managment Education

Stanford University has developed an internationally recognized and highly regarded Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) Program that has been adopted throughout the United States and other countries. It is a low-cost, evidence-based model of change that promotes individual self-advocacy for adults with chronic diseases or other ongoing health conditions. This community-based CDSME Program is designed to be complementary to other medical interventions.

The CDSME Program consists of six workshops over six weeks, offered in a variety of community-based or online settings. Sessions are led by two specially trained facilitators, at least one of whom has a chronic condition.

Workshops are interactive in which mutual support and success help increase a participant's confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain fulfilling lives. The workshops focus on problem-solving issues that are common to individuals dealing with any chronic condition such as pain management, nutrition, exercise, medication use, emotional well-being, and effective communication with providers. Participants will have a chance to practice skills and coping strategies that empower them through action planning, behavior modeling, problem-solving and developing social supports for change.

CDSME is an evidence-based program and designed for adults 18 and up and/or caregivers. Participants report significant improvements in health and psychological well-being; more energy; increased physical activity; more confidence; reduced fatigue; and improved communication with healthcare providers.

By offering CDSME, we hope to support individuals living with a chronic condition with opportunities to develop the skills and confidence to manage their health and improve their quality of life.

Below are short videos explaining more about the self-management programs, which are endorsed by the NCOA and CDC:

Workshops are FREE (a $600+ value).

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Workshops are available to UVA employees, staff, faculty, patients, and any local community members


  1. Chronic Disease Self Management Program:
Brought to you in partnership with the
Population Health Department at UVA Health & Jefferson Area Board for Aging