Healthy Living Through Environment, Policy and Improved Clinical Care (EPICC) Program

Living Well Self-Management Programs

Living Well with Chronic Conditions Self-Management Program (CDSMP) and the Living Well with Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) are evidence-based lifestyle change programs developed by Stanford University. These six-week workshops are taught in groups and offered in community settings throughout the state, including senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals. To find a workshop near you visit www.health.utah.gov/arthritis/classes/cdsmp.php.

Learn more about Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) programs in Utah by downloading and printing the CDSME Infographic (PDF).

Subjects covered in workshops include:

  • Techniques for frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
  • Appropriate exercise to maintain and improve strength
  • Appropriate use of medications and proper nutrition
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  • How to evaluate new treatments

Family members, friends, or caregivers are also welcome to attend.

Workshops are FREE. Class materials (book, CD) may cost depending on location.

To learn more about the program visit www.health.utah.gov/arthritis/classes/livingwell.html.

EPICC Program Activities

We are partnering with the Utah Arthritis Program (UAP) and other partners to improve the sustainability of the Stanford licensed community self-management workshops throughout Utah. The following projects are in process right now which will increase engagement of healthcare professionals in the provision of medication/self-management for adults with high blood pressure and adults with diabetes. For more information contact Celsa Bowman at cbowman@utah.gov.

  1. Allied healthcare professionals referral policy project. This involves implementing a referral policy with allied healthcare professionals (eye care professionals, physical therapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, pain specialist, or acupuncturists) to increase utilization of CDSMP and DSMP self-management programs.
  2. Pharmacy chain referral policy project. We will work with one large pharmacy chain to implement a policy to provide CDSMP or DSMP referrals to all qualifying patients that visit their pharmacy.
  3. Medicare Reimbursement for Self-Management Classes. We will explore the possibility of partnering with HealthInsight or provide technical assistance to at least one organization currently offering Stanford DSMP or CDSMP to pursue Medicare reimbursement.
  4. Using Electronic Health Records for referrals to Self-Management Classes. EPICC will investigate working with a health system provider to leverage use of their E.H.R. to build a sustainable referral network to recruit participants for Stanford CDSME.