The Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services support Living Well and Chronic Disease Self-Management Program workshops in Oregon by providing opportunities for leader training and networking, programming and the development of statewide infrastructure in Oregon.
Living Well initiatives are coordinated through DHS Seniors and People with Disabilities, and the OHA ScreenWise Program.
Living Well is also supported by these Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section programs:
Living Well Workshops
Living Well with Chronic Conditions (the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, or CDSMP) is a six-week workshop that provides tools for living a healthy life with chronic health conditions, including diabetes, arthritis, asthma and heart disease. Through weekly sessions, the workshop provides support for continuing normal daily activities and dealing with the emotions that chronic conditions may bring about.
Living Well can help people with chronic conditions make the most of their medical care and communicate more effectively with their health care providers. The workshop does not conflict with ongoing programs or medical treatment. It is designed to enhance regular treatment and disease-specific education such as Better Breathers, cardiac rehabilitation or diabetes instruction. In addition, many people have more than one chronic condition. The program is especially helpful for these people, because it teaches skills that help them manage their health and stay active.
Chronic Disease Self-Management programs also include Tomando Control de su Salud, a Spanish-language, culturally appropriate version, and the Positive Self-Management Program (PSMP), a workshop for people with HIV.
The Living Well Program is part of the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section in the Center for Prevention and Health Promotion. Search the Public Health Program Directory to see all programs in the Oregon Public Health Division.