Office of Healthy Aging Research, Education, and Services (OHARES)
Chronic Disease/Pain Self-Management Program Leaders

The Office of Healthy Aging Research, Education, and Services (OHARES) aims to advance population health by increasing access to and utilization of evidence-based Chronic Disease and Chronic Pain Self-Management Programs (CDSMP and CPSMP) developed and tested by Stanford University and licensed through the Self-Management Resource Center (SMRC).  As a licensed provider of these programs (see workshop descriptions below), OHARES partners with numerous eastern and southeastern North Carolina community-based organizations to promote rural and underserved residents' access to chronic disease and chronic pain self-management resources.  OHARES serves as the eastern and southeastern North Carolina (ESENC) regional hub for CDSMP and CPSMP dissemination and implementation.  OHARES provides Leader Trainings to community-based partner organizations, fidelity oversight, professional development support, and assistance with all aspects of embedding and evaluating the implementation of CDSMP and CPSMP workshops within organizational workflow.  Increased access to and the utilization of evidence-based self-management tools are being used in ESENC to improve the value and quality of healthcare service delivery, promote residents' well-being and quality of life, and advance community initiatives targeting social determinants of health.

Below you will find a description for the CDSMP and CPSMP workshops.  OHARES is committed to barrier-free access to these workshops.  Hence, you will see that the workshops are open to everyone, wherein workshop attendance is not conditional on someone's ability to provide payment.  To access additional information about OHARES and its Chronic Disease and Pain Self-Management Programs Initiative , please contact the Co-Directors - - i.e., Dr. John Kerbs ( kerbsj@ecu.edu or call 252-328-5546) or Dr. Jennifer Jolley ( jolleyj15@ecu.edu or call 850-212-1291).

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) - - Workshop Description

This FREE, evidence-based 6-session workshop is open to all community members to include individuals with diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, asthma, COPD, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, kidney disease, cancer, osteoporosis, depression, and other such chronic health conditions. Each workshop session meets for 2 ½ hours once per week and includes a 20-minute break. Participants learn how to apply self-management skills to reduce their chronic condition symptoms and associated problems such as tiredness, pain, feeling sad or anxious, and disruptions in daily routines, time with family and friends, and community engagements (church, volunteering, work, and/or educational activities). This workshop was developed and tested by Stanford University and studies show that participants feel better physically and emotionally, are able to do more, and form new habits that improve well-being by increasing their physical activity, using relaxation techniques, and employing mind-based techniques for better symptom control. Additionally, studies have shown that workshop participants have decreased Emergency Department visits and hospital stays.  Join numerous other people who have chronic conditions and/or who care for others with chronic conditions.  You will meet and receive support from others while learning how to use evidence-based techniques to meet your own health management goals.

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) - - Workshop Description

This FREE, evidence-based 6-session workshop is open to all community members who experience chronic pain, to include individuals with health conditions, injuries, or health events that cause chronic pain, such as diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer, heart conditions, back strain, falls, heavy lifting, motor vehicle accidents, traumatic injuries, surgery, depression, and kidney disease.  Each workshop session meets for 2 ½ hours once per week and includes a 20-minute break. Participants learn how to apply self-management skills to reduce the occurrence and intensity of their pain and to manage associated problems such as tiredness, anxiety, sadness, difficulty in meeting obligations independently, and disruptions in daily routines related to self-care, household and family responsibilities, work, education, church, and social commitments. This workshop was developed and tested by Stanford University and studies show that participants have reduced pain, less worry about their pain, less fatigue, and reduced difficulty in completing daily activities.  You will meet and receive support from others with chronic pain while learning how to use evidence-based techniques to improve how you feel and what you can do.

Partial Listing of CDSMP and CPSMP Workshop Leaders - Facilitating Workshops Under the OHARES License



Samantha Allen Name: Samantha Allen, MA, CTTS, CCP (Health Education Specialist)
Organization: FirstHealth of the Carolinas Community Health Services
Program: CDSMP Leader
Elizabeth Baker Name: Elizabeth (Liz) Baker (Public Health Education Specialist/Teen Outreach Program Coordinator)
Organization: Martin-Tyrrell-Washington District Health
Program: CDSMP Leader
Grant Baldwin Name: Dr. U. Grant Baldwin, Jr., DBH, LCAS-A (Director of Integrated Behavioral Health)
Organization: OIC Family Medical Center
Program: CDSMP and CPSMP Leader
Vandora Barrett Name: Vandora Barrett, H.Ed, B.S. (Health Educator, Teen Pregnancy Prevention)
Organization: WATCH Health Care Program
Program: CDSMP Leader
Jacklon Beard Name: Jacklon Beard, RN,BSN,CDE (Diabetes Center Coordinator)
Organization: Diabetes Community Center, Lumberton, NC
Program: CDSMP Leader
Angel D. Bowden Name: Angel D. Bowden, BSN, RN (Registered Nurse and Practice Manager)
Organization: CommWell Health
Program: CDSMP and CPSMP Leader
Rosa C. Brown Name: Rosa C. Brown, RN Inactive Status (Retired)
Organization: Volunteer - - Washington County CERT
Program: CDSMP and CPSMP Leader
Cherri Brunson Name: Cherri Brunson, MA (Human Services Planner/Evaluator)
Organization: Albemarle Regional Health Services
Program: CDSMP Leader
Kimberly Bullard Name: Kimberly Bullard (Registered Nurse)
Organization: CommWell Health
Program: CDSMP and CPSMP Leader
Kimberly Burger Name: Kimberly Burger, BS (Public Health Educator II)
Organization: Montgomery County Health Department
Program: CDSMP Leader
Adelina Cato Name: Adelina Cato, BA (Medical Administrative Assistant)
Organization: OIC Family Medical Center
Program: CDSMP and CPSMP Leader
Tierra Chavis Name: Tierra Chavis, CAN (Student Intern)
Organization: FirstHealth of the Carolinas Community Health Services
Program: CDSMP Leader
Naisha Coley Name: Naisha Coley, MPH (WATCH Health Educator)
Organization:
WATCH Health Care Program
Program: CDSMP Leader
Samantha Combs Name: Samantha (Sam) Combs, CNA (MDPP/Lifestyle Coach)
Organization:
Martin-Tyrrell-Washington District Health
Program: CDSMP & CPSMP Leader
Kristen Cook Name: Kristen Cook, MA, CHES, CTTS (Health Education Specialist)
Organization:
FirstHealth of the Carolinas Community Health Services
Program: CDSMP Leader
Erielle Cooper Name: Erielle Cooper, BSW,CAC, SHIIP Counselor, Lifestyle Coach (Special Population Outreach Worker)
Organization:
Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center
Program: CDSMP Leader
Kelli Corbett Name: Kelli Corbett, FNP-C (Family Nurse Practitioner-Certified)
Organization: WATCH Health Care Program
Program: CDSMP Leader
Missy Cox Name: Missy Cox, RN, BSN (Public Health Nurse II)
Organization: Albemarle Regional Health Services
Program: CDSMP Leader
Sara Davidson Name: Sara Davidson ERRN, ADN. (Public Health Nurse, Supervisor I)
Organization: Albemarle Regional Health Services
Program: CDSMP Leader
Shawn Desmond Name: Shawn Desmond, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Organization: Martin-Tyrrell-Washington District Health
Program: CDSMP Leader
Sherry East Name: Sherry East, RN, ADN (Public Health Nurse I, Supervisor)
Organization: Albemarle Regional Health Services
Program:
CDSMP Leader
Nicole (Angela Nicole) Evans Name: Nicole (Angela Nicole) Evans, MSW, LCSW (Integrated Behavioral Health Provider)
Organization: OIC Family Medical Center
Program: CDSMP and CPSMP Leader

Paige Field Name: Paige Field, BS Public Health (Case Manager)
Organization: WATCH Health Care Program
Program: CDSMP Leader
Amy Hamilton Forester Name: Amy Hamilton Forester BA, NCTTP, CPST, CCP (Outreach Manager and Coordinator: Safe Kids Mid-Carolinas Region)
Organization: FirstHealth of the Carolinas Community Health Services
Program: CDSMP Leader
Davneatra Foster Name: Davneatra Foster, MSW, LCSW (Behavioral Health Provider)
Organization: OIC Family Medical Center
Program: CDSMP and CPSMP Leader
Claudia A. Garrett Name: Claudia A. Garrett (Patient Centered Health Coach)
Organization: CommWell Health
Program: CDSMP and CPSMP Leader
Tory Graham Name: Tory Graham, MSW, LCSW, LCAS-A (Behavioral Health Specialist, Lead)
Organization: CommWell Health
Program: CDSMP and CPSMP Leader
Isa Granados Name: Isa Granados, BS (Health Education Specialist)
Organization: FirstHealth of the Carolinas Community Health Services
Program: CDSMP Leader
Wes Gray Name: Wes Gray, MPH, MS (Health Director)
Organization: Martin-Tyrrell-Washington District Health
Program: CDSMP & CPSMP Leader
Alecia Gurkins Name: Alecia M. Gurkins, MPH, CHES (Public Health Education Specialist) Organization: Beaufort County Health Department
Program: CDSMP Leader
Taylor Hammonds Name: Taylor Hammonds, B.S. (Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas Outreach Assistant)
Organization: Southeastern Health
Program: CDSMP Leader
Laura Harkins Name: Laura W. Harkins, ERRN, RN (Public Health Supervisor I)
Organization: Albemarle Regional Health Services
Program: CDSMP Leader
Lisa Harrell Name: Lisa Harrell, RN (Nurse Supervisor)
Organization: Albemarle Regional Health Services
Program: CDSMP Leader
Wendy Harris Name: Wendy Harris, Medial Assistant, Clinical Coordinator
Organization: Hookerton Family Practice
Program: CDSMP Leader
Christy Hawley Name: Christy Hawley, MA, LPC, NCC (Behavioral Health Specialist)
Organization: CommWell Health
Program: CDSMP and CPSMP Leader
Jessica Hernandez Name: Jessenia Hernandez (Health Coach)
Organization: CommWell Health
Program: CDSMP and CPSMP Leader
Shon Hicks Name: Shon Hicks (Medical Assistant)
Organization: OIC Family Medical Center
Program: CDSMP Leader
Christy Hodges Name: Christy V. Hodges, BSW (Social Worker II - Case Manager)
Organization: Albemarle Regional Health Services
Program: CDSMP Leader
Renee (Becky Renee) Hollis Name: Renee (Becky Renee) Hollis, LPN (Care Coordinator II/Chronic Care Management
Organization: OIC Family Medical Center
Program: CDSMP and CPSMP Leader
Heather Howard Name: Heather Howard, MSW, LCSWA (Care Manager)
Organization: MedNorth Health Center
Program: CPSMP Leader
Cathy Hunt Name: Nancy Catherine "Cathy" Hunt, MAEd.
(Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas Grant Facilitator)
Organization: Southeastern Health
Program: CDSMP Leader
Randall Hunt Name: Randall "Adam" Hunt, B.S. (Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas Grant Assistant)
Organization: Southeastern Health
Program: CDSMP Leader
Althea Johnson Name: Althea Johnson, MSM (Chief Executive Officer)
Organization: MedNorth Health Center
Program: CPSMP Leader
Jessica Johnson Name: Jesica Johnson (Nutritionist/Health Educator)
Organization: Martin-Tyrrell-Washington District Health
Program: CDSMP & CPSMP Leader
Kathy Johnson Name: Kathy Johnson, FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner)
Organization: WATCH Health Care Program
Program: CDSMP Leader
Vanessa Joyner Name: Vanessa Joyner, (Senior Center Director)
Organization: Washington County Senior Center
Program: CDSMP & CPSMP Leader
Cameron Karrenbauer Name: Cameron S. Karrenbauer, MS (Community Nutritionist)
Organization: Southeastern Health
Program: CDSMP Leader
Ann C. Keyes Name: Ann C. Keyes, CFM (Planning/Safety/Emergency Management Director)
Organization: Washington County Emergency Management
Program: CDSMP & CPSMP Leader
Anita LaFon Name: Anita LaFon, RN (Public Health Supervisor)
Organization: Albemarle Regional Health Services
Program: CDSMP Leader
Liza Layton Name: Liza W. Layton, BS (Coordinator of Health Services)
Organization: Albemarle Regional Health Services
Program: CDSMP Leader
Cindy Loyd Laton Name: Cindy Loyd Laton, BA, CTTS, CCP (Health Programs Manager)
Organization: FirstHealth of the Carolinas Community Health Services
Program: CDSMP Leader
Donna Lehman Name: Donna Lehman RN (Public Health Nurse II)
Organization: Albemarle Regional Health Services
Program: CDSMP Leader
Kelly Luft Name: Kelly Luft, BA (Pharmaceutical Representative)
Organization: WATCH Health Care Program
Program: CDSMP Leader
Evelyn R. Majachani Name: Evelyn R. Majachani, MHA, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Organization: OIC Family Medical Center
Program: CDSMP Leader
Dale Mangum Name: Dale Mangum (Health Coach)
Organization: CommWell Health
Program: CDSMP and CPSMP Leader
Lisa McKoy Name: Lisa McKoy (Health Coach)
Organization: CommWell Health
Program: CDSMP and CPSMP Leader
Andrea Mebane Name: Andrea Mebane, LPN (Practical Nurse II)
Organization: Albemarle Regional Health Services
Program: CDSMP Leader
Tiquana Menina Name: Tiquana A. Menina, CAN, CPT (Health Coach)
Organization: CommWell Health
Program: CDSMP and CPSMP Leader
Ashley Miller Mikus Name: Ashley Miller Mikus, B.S., HEd (Public Health Education Specialist) Organization: Albemarle Regional Health Services
Program: CDSMP Leader
Tania J. Moon Name: Tania J. Moon, MSW, LCSW (Integrated Behavioral Health Provider)
Organization: OIC Family Medical Center
Program: CDSMP and CPSMP Leader
Cleo Mitchell Name: Cleo Mitchell, RMA (Registered Medical Assistant)
Organization: WATCH Health Care Program
Program: CDSMP Leader
Patricia Neville Name: Patricia Neville, MHA, BSW (Care Coordination Manager)
Organization: OIC Family Medical Center
Program: CDSMP Leader
Evie Nicklas Name: Evie Nicklas, MSW, LCSW (Behavioral Health Program Director)
Organization: MedNorth Health Center
Program: CPSMP Leader
Lettita Nobles Name: Lettita Nobles (Administrative Assistant)
Organization: WATCH Health Care Program
Program: CDSMP Leader
Leroy Oakley Name: Leroy Oakley, MPH, CPA (Chief Financial Officer)
Organization: MedNorth Health Center
Program: CPSMP Leader
Patricia Oliver Name: Patricia Oliver, RN, CDE (Registered Nurse)
Organization: CommWell Health
Program: CDSMP and CPSMP Leader
Billie Patrick Name: Billie Patrick, BS (Health Educator III)
Organization: Martin-Tyrrell-Washington District Health
Program: CDSMP Leader
Mary Stuart Peaks Name: Mary Stuart Peaks, MPH, CHES (Public Health Education Specialist)
Organization: Beaufort County Health Department
Program: CDSMP & CPSMP Leader
Shameca Ricks Name: Shameca Ricks, MSW, LCSW, LCAS-A (Behavioral Health Provider)
Organization: OIC Family Medical Center
Program: CDSMP and CPSMP Leader
Karen Riddick Name: Karen W. Riddick, RN (Public Health Nursing Supervisor)
Organization: Albemarle Regional Health Services
Program: CDSMP Leader
Janice Roberts Name: Janice Roberts, MS (Assistant Area Agent/Family and Consumer Sciences Agent)
Organization: North Carolina Cooperative Extension- Richmond and Moore Counties
Program: CDSMP Leader
Tisa Roberts Name: Dr. Tisa O. Roberts, MD, BCFP (Medical Director)
Organization: OIC Family Medical Center
Program: CDSMP and CPSMP Leader
Kassandra Rountree Name: Kassandra Rountree, B.S., HEd (Health Education Specialist)
Organization: Albemarle Regional Health Services
Program: CDSMP Leader
Joanna Sanchez Name: Joanna Sanchez (Behavioral Health Integration, Team Leader)
Organization: CommWell Health
Program: CDSMP Leader
Leroy Oakley Name: Gladys Sanders (Billing Liaison)
Organization: MedNorth Health Center
Program: CPSMP Leader
Angel Sease Name: Angel Sease, B.S. (Medical Case Manager)
Organization: Albemarle Regional Health Services
Program: CPSMP Leader
Pamela Silver Name: Pamela Silver
Organization: Woman to Woman Ministries
Program: CDSMP Leader
Ann Simmons Name: Ann Simmonds, MA, LPA, LCAS, CCS, MAC (Behavioral Health Therapist)
Organization: MedNorth Health Center.
Program: CPSMP Leader
Laquana Sinclair Name: Laquana Sinclair, MPH
(Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas Evidence Based Intervention Specialist)
Organization: Southeastern Health
Program: CDSMP Leader
Patricia Smellie Name: Patricia Smellie (Medical Assistant)
Organization: OIC Family Medical Center
Program: CDSMP Leader
Larry Smith Name: Larry Smith, PharmD, (Pharmacy Director)
Organization: MedNorth Health Center
Program: CPSMP Leader
Waynette Twiford Speight Name: Waynette Twiford Speight, BSN, RN, CDE (Diabetes Program Coordinator & Behavioral Health Nurse Manager) Organization: Albemarle Regional Health Services
Program: CDSMP Leader
Wanda Stallings Name: Wanda Stallings, BS (Public Health Education Specialist)
Organization: Albemarle Regional Health Services
Program: CDSMP Leader
Evelyn Cukrowicz Strickland Name: Evelyn Cukrowicz Strickland, BS (Substance Abuse/HIV Prevention Supervisor)
Organization: CommWell Health
Program: CDSMP and CPSMP Leader
Janet Stroughton Name: Janet Stroughton, MA, LCAS, CCS (Chief Operations Officers)
Organization: MedNorth Health Center
Program: CPSMP Leader
Jody-Lynne Suda Name: Jody-Lynne Suda, MSSW, LCSW (Behavioral Health Clinician)
Organization: CommWell Health
Program: CDSMP and CPSMP Leader
Nancy Hoggard Talley Name: Nancy Hoggard Talley, MSSE (Licensed NC Professional Educator)
Organization: Retired Teacher from Washington County Schools
Program: CDSMP & CPSMP Leader
Amy Underhill Name: Amy C. Underhill, MA (Health Education Supervisor/Healthy Communities Coordinator)
Organization: Albemarle Regional Health Services
Program: CDSMP Leader
Tammy Vines Name: Tammy Vines, Eldress and Associate Pastor
Organization: Zion Chapel United American Free Will Baptist Church
Program: CDSMP Leader
Jennifer Waters Name: Jennifer Waters, FNP-C (Family Nurse Practitioner-Certified)
Organization: WATCH Health Care Program
Program: CDSMP Leader
Melissa Whiteside Name: Melissa Whiteside, CMA (Certified Medical Assistant)
Organization: WATCH Health Care Program
Program: CDSMP Leader
Erin Williamson Name: Erin Williamson, FNP-C
Organization: MedNorth Health Center
Program: CPSMP Leader
Lisa Witthar Name: Lisa Witthar, MSW, LCSW (Behavioral Health Therapist)
Organization: CommWell Health
Program: CDSMP and CPSMP Leader

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