What Is It?
Spanish-speaking people with diabetes attend this program. Workshops are facilitated by two trained certified and active program providers, 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 Programs?
The Living Healthy with Diabetes Self-Management workshops are designed to help people with Type 2 Diabetes to gain self-confidence in their ability to control their symptoms and learn how their health problems affect their lives. The Diabetes 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 Programs?
Small-group, highly interactive workshops last for six weeks, meeting once a week for 2 ½ hours, and are facilitated by a pair of program providers, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with Diabetes themselves.
Subjects covered include:
- Techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration
- Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance
- Healthy eating
- Appropriate use of medication
- Working more effectively with health care providers.
Participants will make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program. Physicians, diabetes educators, dietitians, and other health professionals both at Stanford and in the community have reviewed all materials in the workshop.