Partners in Care Foundation’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) Program, which includes workshops on falls prevention, diabetes self-management, chronic pain, and caregiver support, has exceeded expectations set out in its three-year grant funding ahead of schedule, serving more than 15,800 people across California, and reaching 142% of goal.
The CDSME Program, which is funded by a California Department of Aging grant, supports access to evidence-based programs for adults with chronic health conditions and disabilities. Rates of chronic disease are escalating in the US. According to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes, the seventh biggest killer in the country, now affects 29.1 million people, with a further 86 million in a pre-diabetic state. The annual cost of diagnosed diabetes alone is estimated to be close to $250 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity.
Partners in Care also serves as the Technical Assistance Center for implementation and expansion of evidence-based community wellness programs across California, facilitating coordination between state agencies, counties and community-based organizations. This includes providing administrative support to the California Healthier Living Coalition, technical assistance, and consulting to evidence-based program providers.
Speaking about next steps for CDSME, Dianne Davis, Senior Director, Community Wellness Department Programs said, “The California Healthier Living Coalition will be meeting on November 17, when we will strategize exciting new directions for the delivery of these critical programs. We will also continue to work with our partners at The Los Angeles Alliance for Community Health and Aging to expand the reach of effective evidence-based community health interventions for people with chronic conditions across L.A. County.”
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