HHS is releasing $27 million in stimulus funds to states and territories to implement a chronic-disease management program for seniors that is conducted by peers outside of the healthcare setting.
Stimulus funding slated for disease-management initiative
Called Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs, they are six-week long peer-led trainings that cover topics such as healthy eating, exercise, fatigue and depression management and how to communicate with health professionals. The program was developed at Stanford University.
These programs have shown to improve participants’ overall health and energy levels while also lowering hospital visits, according to the HHS.
Conducted in community settings such as senior centers, congregate meal programs, churches and senior housing projects, the trainings are led by people who are not health professionals.
States and territories must apply for the funding by Feb. 12, 2010, and identify what communities and organizations will be involved in delivering the programs.
“Too many seniors do not receive the recommended preventive and primary care they need,” said Howard Koh, assistant Secretary for Health at the HHS, in a statement. “This program will strengthen the healthcare that our seniors need and deserve by coordinating and integrating care in the community.”
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