Twin Cities CDSMP Consortium
The Twin Cities CDSMP (Chronic Disease Self-Management Program) Consortium is a group of organizations in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area of Minneapolis/St. Paul working together to coordinate efforts to promote and disseminate the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) throughout the community to improve health-related quality of life.
What is CDSMP?
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is an evidence-based self management program developed by Stanford University in 1996. It consists of 2 ½ hour workshops, given once a week for six weeks in a community setting such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals. It helps participants with ongoing health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety, heart disease and others to:
- Find better ways of dealing with pain and fatigue
- Discover easy exercises to help improve or maintain strength and energy
- Learn the appropriate use of medications
- Improve nutrition
- Talk effectively with family, friends and health professionals
- Understand new treatment choices
- Feel better about life
Taught by specially trained volunteer leaders, some who have health conditions themselves, the program covers a new topic each week and provides opportunities for interaction and group problem solving.
Goals of Twin Cities CDSMP Consortium
- Expand reach and effectiveness of CDSMP workshops in twin cities and state
- Coordinate the efforts of different organizations implementing CDSMP
- Create a network of sites offering CDSMP workshops throughout the metro area and state
- Develop a procedure for referring potential participants to classes offered through another organization
- Coordinate training of CDSMP Leaders and Master Trainers
- Maintain roster of trained leaders and master trainers for CDSMP
- Strengthen recruitment and retention of trained leaders
- Monitor and maintain CDSMP Program fidelity
- Work towards continued funding and sustainability of CDSMP Program through reimbursement or other mechanisms
- Coordinate implementation of Spanish Language version of CDSMP (Tomando Control de su Salud) in twin cities and state; support the expansion of the CDSMP program to communities of color and non-English speakers
- Identify and coordinate with other organizations inside and outside Minnesota to implement best practices for CDSMP