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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) Programs that have 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. Community-based CDSME Programs are designed to be complementary to other medical interventions.

CDSME Programs consist 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 or is a caregiver/carepartner.

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 are a suite of evidence-based programs that are 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Council on Aging (NCOA):

Workshops are FREE (a $600+ value).

Sign Up Today! Seating is Limited

Workshops are available to community members and UVA and Sentara employees, staff, faculty & patients


1. Chronic Pain Self Management Program (CPSMP):

  • Starting Thursdays, 9:00am - 11:30 am (Nov 5 -  Dec 17) virtual workshop
    • Click Link to Download Flyer
    • For more information, or to register, contact: Arminda Perch  at 434-297-5839 or ap5yb@virginia.edu  or Bonnie Vermillion at 540-547-4824 or bonnired@comcast.net
    • Registration Deadline: November 11, 2020 (Must attend workshop 1 or 2 to participate)

2. Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP):

  • Starting Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm (January 19 - February 23, 2020) virtual workshop
  • More information about Registration and Flyer Coming Soon!

Presented in partnership with Jefferson Area Board for Aging, Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services,
Sentara Health,
and the Population Health Department at UVA Health