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Kansans Optimizing Health

Participants in this chronic disease self-management program developed by Stanford University attend a weekly, 2 ½ hour workshop for 6 weeks in community settings.People with different chronic health problems attend the program together, and are involved in a variety of exercises and activities. Workshops are facilitated from a highly-detailed manual by two trained leaders. The program is also available in Spanish in some locations.


  • learn how to deal with frustration, pain and fatigue,
  • discuss the benefits of exercise and how to make a plan really work,
  • talk about medications and how to manage them,
  • learn how to communicate with family and health care providers regarding their illness,
  • discover the importance of nutrition, and
  • review how to make informed treatment decisions.


Additional materials are received upon first day of attendance. Additional resources are available from Stanford university, as is this bibliography.


This program is known nationally as the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed at Stanford University. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Arthritis Program has partnered with K-State Research and Extension, along with other organizations and agencies, to provide these workshops throughout the state.

Find a Workshop

Contact your local
K-State Research and Extension
office for times and locations of a program offered by KSRE near you, or visit KDHE for additional options.