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Helping Persons Take Steps for Healthier Living



Familias Unidas International, Inc.'s Chronic Disease Self Management Program, a Self Management Resource Program with the Self Management Resource Center (SMRC)


We Promote HEALTH ...

of the Person (of the totality of the person's health)

for the Person (promoting the fulfillment of the person's goals)

by the Person (extending ourselves as full human beings with high ethical aspirations)

and with the Person (working respectfully, in collaboration and in an empowering manner)

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We are committed to the health and quality of life of every person.  

About half of US adults have one or more chronic health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, depression, arthritis.  If you are one of them, learning how to address problems and make informed decisions about your health can help you live a healthier life.  If you have a chronic condition, self-management education (SME) can help you develop strategies and confidence to manage your condition day—to—day.

Here is a 3 min video from CDC

The programs we implement at Familias Unidas International, Inc. have been developed using rigorous research and demonstrate reliable and consistently positive changes in important health-related outcomes among participants. 

The Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP) is an SMRC Evidence-Based Self-Management Program originally developed at Stanford University and it's recommended by CDC.  Bibliography available HERE.  Evidence-based programs such as the CDSMP, are proven to promote health and prevent disease among adults with chronic health conditions.  

Program Description
Free for participants

Chronic Disease Self Management Program
In Person and Online


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About the Program

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is an interactive workshop for people with all types of chronic conditions. Stanford University developed this course to help people with one or more chronic conditions learn the strategies to manage their condition and have the confidence to carry them out.  During the workshops, problem solving, action planning, and goal setting are used to build participants skills to manage their disease symptomology.  Examples of topics discussed during the workshops include techniques to cope with health problems and negative emotions, nutrition, physical activity, how to assess new treatments, and communication with healthcare providers.  

Program Details

This interactive workshop meets for 2.5 hours per week for 6 weeks.

Subjects covered include:

  • 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.

  • Managing depression.

  • Better breathing techniques.

  • Relaxation techniques.

  • Healthy eating habits.

  • Making good decisions about your health.

  • How to evaluate new treatments.

The CDSMP is an Evidence-based program that delivers outcomes

Persons who have taken this program, when compared to those who have not, demonstrated significant improvements in exercise, cognitive symptom management, communication with physicians, self-reported general health, health distress, fatigue, disability, and social/role activities limitations. They also spent fewer days in the hospital, and there was also a trend toward fewer outpatients visits and hospitalizations. These data yield a cost to savings ratio of approximately 1:4. Many of these results persist for as long as three years.

Outcome data reported in studies you may find in the Bibliography

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