Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Starts June 22nd

New Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Offered by CCHD

The Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD) is now offering a Chronic Disease Self- Management Program (CDSMP). The workshops are in conjunction with “Montana: Living Life Well” a subsidiary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

In Montana, 64% of adults have at least 1 chronic disease and more than 75% of total health care costs in the United States are due to chronic diseases. The workshops will help empower participants to take an active role in managing their health.

“So many people in Montana suffer from a chronic illness and often find themselves feeling overwhelmed and not in control. What they don’t realize is there are many other people around them feeling the same. Our hope is that this class will help bring these individuals together to create relationships and encourage each other to take control of their health,” explains Darcey Johannsen, CCHD Health Education Specialist. “This program will give them tools to help them understand they are not defined by their chronic illness; they are in control.”

The 6-week course will meet once a week starting on June 22nd. During the sessions, participants will learn the skills needed for the day-to-day management of chronic health conditions such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, and heart and lung disease. These skills will help participants improve their ability to perform daily living activities.CDSMP flyer

Topics include:

  • Pain and fatigue management.
  • Making action plans to set and achieve
  • attainable goals.
  • Problem solving.
  • Dealing with difficult emotions.
  • Physical activity and exercise.
  • Healthy Eating.
  • Communication skills.
  • Working with your healthcare professional.                                                                                                                                                                                   

The workshop will not address specific illnesses; rather, the challenges common to many long term illnesses, such as pain, fatigue, physical limitations, and difficult emotions. Participants who have completed this workshop demonstrated significant improvements in exercise, ability to do social and house hold activities, less depression, fear and frustration or worry about their health.

The program is also open for caregivers of those with chronic disease. Registration is required as space is limited. Call Darcey Johannsen at 791-9279 to sign up.