Chronic Disease Self-Management

Chronic disease refers to a group of illnesses that are not contagious, are prolonged in duration, and are rarely cured completely. Examples of chronic diseases include heart disease, cancer, stroke, emphysema, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and arthritis. Although chronic diseases are more common among older adults, they affect people of all ages. In addition to escalating medical costs, chronic diseases generate significant costs due to absenteeism and decreased productivity in the workplace. Many New Mexicans suffer from multiple chronic diseases, and as the population ages this trend is expected to increase.

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is an evidence based program developed by Stanford University. Open to people of all ages, the workshops are designed for persons living with chronic disease, as well as, those living with and/or caring for persons with chronic disease. Certified Extension agents team teach community-based workshop in the counties they serve. Team members can be public health professionals, community health workers, promotoras, and other individuals who have earned program certification.

Note: Programs are currently under development. Please contact Dr. Koukel for information.

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