This evidence-based self-management program was originally developed at Stanford University and is designed for people with any type of chronic disease, including behavioral health issues, to help them become effective self-managers and maintain healthy and fulfilling lives.

This program consists of a series of six 2.5 hour classes covering a wide variety of topics including:

  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation.

  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance

  • Appropriate use of medications

  • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals


  • Nutrition


  • Decision making


  • How to evaluate new treatments


This program, which can be taught in both English and Spanish, can be generalized to anyone with a chronic disease or can be tailored for individuals with diabetes, chronic pain, cancer, or HIV.

Access to Healthcare can provide these workshops directly to members of our community or one of our master trainers can host train the trainer workshops to assist organizations in providing these workshops to their own clients.

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