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 six online workshops that meet once a week for six weeks. Workshops are highly interactive groups that are led by two specially trained facilitators, at least one of whom has a chronic condition. To meet current needs, CDSME workshops are currently being conducted online.

CDSME Workshops focus on addressing issues and symptoms in individuals living with chronic condition such as:

  • Pain management
  • Poor sleep
  • Nutrition
  • Physical activity & Exercise
  • Medication use
  • Emotional well-being
  • Effective communication with providers

Workshop 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.

CDSME participants report:

  • Significant improvements in health and psychological well-being
  • More energy
  • Increased physical activity
  • More confidence
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Increased sense of control
  • Improved communication with healthcare providers

By offering CDSME, we hope to support individuals living with a chronic condition with opportunities to cultivate mutual support, grow skills, increase their confidence to manage their health effectively, and improve their quality of life.

Please 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. Check back often for updates.

Workshops are FREE (a $600+ value).

Online Live & Interactive Format!

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


For more information, about upcoming workshops contact:
Bonnie Vermillion, 540-547-4824bonnired@comcast.net