Team workTwin 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
Updated Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 12:20PM