Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) are a suite of evidence-based programs designed for adults 18 and up and/or caregivers. Programs consist of 6 workshops over six weeks, offered in a variety of 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 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.

Watch the short videos provided that explain 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).

We are currently able to offer Chronic Disease (CDSMP), Chronic Pain (CPSMP), and Diabetes Self-Management (DSMP) Programs.

Workshops are FREE (a $600+ value).

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Workshops are available to community members and UVA, Sentara, and Blue Ridge Medical Center staff, faculty & patients!



1. Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP):

  • Starting Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm (January 19 - February 23, 2021) - ONLINE

2. Chronic Pain Self Management Program (CPSMP):

    • Click Link to Download Flyer
    • For more information, or to register, contact: Arminda Perch  at 434-297-5839 or
    • Registration Deadline: Call to be placed on waitlist

3. Are You Prediabetic & Would like to Be a Part of a More Extensive Program?

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