An initiative of The N.C. Center for Health & Wellness at UNC Asheville

Tomando Control de su Salud

What Is It?

This is the Spanish version of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program that was designed in Spanish for Spanish- speakers. Though similar to the English version, it was developed to be culturally appropriate. Spanish-speaking people with different chronic health problems attend this program. Workshops are facilitated by two trained certified and active leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with a chronic disease themselves. All workshops are given in Spanish without translators.

Who should attend Chronic Disease Self Management Education Classes?

The Living Healthy with Chronic Disease Self-Management Education workshops are designed to help people with chronic disease to gain self-confidence in their ability to control their symptoms and learn how their health problems affect their lives. Examples of chronic health problems include heart disease, lung disease, stroke, arthritis, and diabetes. People with different chronic health problems attend this program together; many people have more than one chronic condition. The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program will not conflict with existing programs or treatment as it is designed to enhance regular treatment and disease-specific education.

What are the components of Chronic Disease Self Management Education Classes?

Small-group, highly interactive workshops last for six weeks, meeting once a week for 2 ½ hours, and are facilitated by a pair of leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with chronic diseases themselves.

The workshop topics include the following:

  • How to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation
  • Ways to maintain and improve strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Managing medications
  • How to communicate more effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  • Nutrition and healthy eating
  • Decision-making
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