The Office of Healthy Aging Research, Education, and Services (OHARES) aims to advance population health by increasing access to and utilization of Stanford University's evidence-based Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) and Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP). These programs were developed and tested by research scientists at Stanford University’s School of Medicine and the Self-Management Resource Center (SMRC). Studies evaluating the effects of CDSMP participation among adults with a myriad of chronic conditions (e.g., cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) across the lifespan have documented the following: (1) improvements in participants' health behaviors, health status - - i.e., well-being, quality of life, symptom intrusion, and level of functioning; (2) improvements in self-efficacy - - i.e., individual's belief that he/she has the knowledge and skills to effectively self-manage his/her chronic conditions; and, (3) decreases in participants' emergency department and inpatient hospital utilization. The CPSMP was developed for adults with conditions, injuries, or health events that cause chronic pain (e.g., diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer, heart conditions, back strain, falls, heavy lifting, motor vehicle accidents, traumatic injuries, surgery, depression, kidney disease, etc.). Studies evaluating the effects of CPSMP participation find that people who complete these workshops learn how to (1) apply self-management skills to significantly reduce their level and intensity of pain and (2) manage associated problems such as tiredness, anxiety, sadness, fatigue, difficulty in meeting obligations independently, and disruptions in daily routines related to self-care, household and family responsibilities, work, education, church, and social commitments.
As a licensed provider of these programs, OHARES partners with various community-based organizations to (1) increase access to and utilization of such programs by residents in rural and often impoverished parts of eastern and southeastern North Carolina and (2) train Leaders to implement such workshops in these often under-served areas. Emphasis is placed on the implementation of barrier-free access to CDSMP/CPSMP workshops - - i.e., all workshops are free-of-charge for participants and all leader trainings are free for people who are interested in running these workshops for under-served populations.
The following is a partial listing of trained CDSMP/CPSMP Leaders. To book a free CDSMP/CPSMP Workshop or Leader Training for your community, please contact the Co-Directors of OHARES’ Chronic Disease and Pain Self-Management Program Initiative - - i.e., Dr. John Kerbs (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 252-328-5546) or Dr. Jennifer Jolley (email@example.com or call 850-212-1291).