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Blueprint Self-Management Workshops

The CDC tells us that chronic diseases and conditions-heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, and others-are among the most common, most costly, and most preventable of all health problems.

Nearly half of all adults have one or more chronic health conditions, and one in four have two or more.  Many of these conditions can be treated or managed by making lifestyle changes.  Simply increasing activity, eating a healthier diet, quitting smoking or eliminating alcohol can have lasting beneficial impacts on your health.

In Vermont, the Blueprint for health aims to streamline health care by integrating a system of health care for patients, improving the health of overall population, and reducing health care costs.  Prevention and good coordination of care can improve the health of millions of people, and greatly reduce healthcare costs for the state of Vermont.

Our Self-Management Programs are programs that support health-care seekers in learning how to manage and improve their own health.  The self-management programs give them the tools to become the “major player” in managing their illness(es) by making informed decisions about care and choosing to engage in healthy behaviors.  Participants may have different health problems, but often share common issues.  These programs give them an opportunity to focus on building the skills they need to manage these conditions while sharing experiences and providing mutual support.  All of the programs offered in Vermont are evidence-based for excellence in clinical outcomes.  We are helping people to learn to make changes that affect their overall health, and hopefully, help them to prevent and/or maintain a relatively healthy life while living with chronic conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

How would someone go about getting more information or signing up for the healthier living workshops?

They can call Deana Chase through the NCSS main line at 524-6554 or 370-5626

Does it have to be a referral from a doctor?

No, individuals can self-refer

Is there an age range for participants?

Participants need to 18 years or older

Where are these workshops facilitated?

Around the entire St. Albans health service area

What kind of commitment is asked of participants?

Most programs are 2 and ½ hours for 6 weeks

The YDPP program is 1 hour a week for 16 weeks then every other week and then tapering down to monthly.  The entire program is 1 year long.  Each session is one hour.


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