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Evidence-based self-management programs

Commonwealth Care Alliance hosts a number of evidence-based self-management programs that improve the health and well-being of our members and family caregivers.

My Life, My Health

For people with chronic conditions, such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure, the Stanford chronic disease self-management program (CDSMP) is a critical part of a solution to optimize health.

Once a week for six weeks, participants of Commonwealth Care Alliance’s CDSMP program — My Life, My Health — spend two and a half hours learning about subjects such as overcoming problems of frustration, pain, and isolation, communicating effectively with others, appropriate use of medications, and nutrition. Classes are held in community settings such as senior centers and health centers and are facilitated by two trained lay leaders, some with chronic diseases themselves.

The Sweet Taste of Success

Stanford University developed a secondary self-management program focused on diabetes. Implemented by Commonwealth Care Alliance, the program — The Sweet Taste of Success — has seen positive outcomes such as improvements in exercise, better cognitive symptom management, better communication with physicians, improved self-reported general health, improved blood sugar monitoring, fewer days spent in the hospital, and a trend toward fewer outpatient visits and hospitalization.

Eat Well, Feel Swell

Commonwealth Care Alliance also offers a healthy eating program — Eat Well, Feel Swell — with a curriculum that includes identifying appropriate caloric intake and physical activity level for your age and gender, ideal caloric intake to gain or lose weight, nutrition labeling, and how to successfully shop, order, and cook food using “My Plate.”

Both The Sweet Taste of Success and Eat Well, Feel Swell programs mirror the CDSMP in terms of class structure and duration. Eat Well, Feel Swell includes an optional seventh week class restaurant visit.

Stengthening Care Together

Strengthening Care Together is the initiative that focuses on supporting the family caregivers of CCA members. Caregivers are the most important source of information, support, and guidance to our members, and they contribute significantly to our members’ quality of life and independence. Caregivers are the front line of care to our members, and their job is challenging. It is important that caregivers remain healthy to care for themselves while caring for a loved one.

CCA offers educational support in a 6-week series, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, designed after the Stanford programs, where caregivers are empowered to cope with the challenges of caregiving and learn to communicate more effectively with family and providers, reduce stress, and identify and leverage community resources. The caregiver walking clubs we host provide social support to decrease social isolation amongst caregivers and we encourage and train caregivers to start their own walking clubs in their communities. In this way, caregivers connect around healthy activities and interact with others who share similar challenges.

All programs are offered in English and Spanish.

For more information, please contact Rosa Palacios via email or at 1-866-610-2273, ext. 1226.

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Last Updated 07/30/2013