LORHN staff are trained Leaders for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), an evidence-based program originally developed at Stanford University. Workshops are offered to rural residents for free, in six-week series with up to 15 participants meeting weekly for 2.5 hours. Participants learn various self-management skills and tools that allow them to better:
- take care of a health condition(s)
- carry out normal activities
- include healthful activities
- manage emotional changes
Participants also benefit from the peer support provided throughout the workshop, sometimes lasting far beyond the six-week series. Spouses, partners, caregivers, and adult children are welcome to join participants in the series.