NH DHHS Receives Chronic Disease Management Grant

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Celebrates National Public Health Week

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced today that it has received a grant from the Administration on Aging through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to help communities offer Stanford University's Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) for seniors living with chronic health conditions. This program includes a series of local workshops that give participants coping strategies and emotional support to better manage their health.

"The Stanford Program is nationally recognized,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS, “and has shown positive results for participants. We are very pleased to help offer it here in New Hampshire.”

The grant award was the result of DHHS’ Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services and Division of Public Health Services Bureau of Prevention Services team efforta team effort by two bureaus within DHHS, the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services and the Division of Public Health Services, Bureau of Prevention Services. Combining expertise from chronic disease programs and aging services, the grant project will establish workshops at senior centers and other local organizations serving older adults across the State. Although some agencies in New Hampshire already offer the Stanford program, the additional federal funds will allow the State to develop a coordinated network of program sites, additional training for workshop leaders, and evaluation of program results.

Interest in the Stanford program is not new to New Hampshire. For several years the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has publicized the positive results from this evidence-based program. The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program was developed by Kate Laurig, a professor at Stanford University who struggled for years to cope with her own chronic health problems. Experience with the program at Stanford and across the country has shown that people who participate experience fewer medical visits, feel healthier, and are better able to manage their care regimen.

This grant is one of the topics DHHS is focusing on this week in recognition of National Public Health Week. For more information about National Public Health Week go to www.nphw.org. For more information about the Stanford Program, visit http://patienteducation.stanford.edu/programs/cdsmp.html or the NH Department of Health and Human Services website at www.dhhs.nh.gov.