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 (
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 252-328-5546) or Dr. Jennifer Jolley (
email@example.com or call 850-212-1291).
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.
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.