Health Education & Information
Local consumer meetings
Local consumer meetings are a great opportunity for members to meet one another and share experiences. They are also vital for maintaining high-quality care. Commonwealth Care Alliance understands that the way to ensure excellent service is by asking the people we serve what they need. After all, they know best.
Evidence-based self-management programs
Commonwealth Care Alliance has invested in running a number of evidence-based self-management programs that improve the health and well-being of our members and family caregivers.
My Life, My Health
For people with chronic conditions, such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure, the Stanford chronic disease self-management program (CDSMP) is a critical part of a solution to optimize health.
Once a week for six weeks, participants of Commonwealth Care Alliance’s CDSMP program — My Life, My Health — spend two and a half hours learning about subjects such as overcoming problems of frustration, pain, and isolation; communicating effectively with others; appropriate use of medications; and nutrition. Classes are held in community settings such as senior centers and health centers and are facilitated by two trained lay leaders, some with chronic diseases themselves.
This program is offered in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
The Sweet Taste of Success
Stanford University developed a secondary self-management program focused on diabetes. Implemented by Commonwealth Care Alliance, the program — The Sweet Taste of Success — has seen positive outcomes such as improvements in exercise, better cognitive symptom management, better communication with physicians, improved self-reported general health, improved blood sugar monitoring, fewer days spent in the hospital, and a trend toward fewer outpatients visits and hospitalization.
This program is offered in English and Spanish.
Eat Well, Feel Swell
Commonwealth Care Alliance also offers a healthy eating program — Eat Well, Feel Swell — with a curriculum that includes identifying appropriate caloric intake and physical activity level for your age and gender, ideal caloric intake to gain or lose weight, nutrition labeling, and how to successfully shop, order, and cook food using “My Plate.”
Both The Sweet Taste of Success and Eat Well, Feel Swell programs mirror the CDSMP in terms of class structure and duration. Eat Well, Feel Swell includes an optional seventh week class restaurant visit.
This program is offered in English.
For more information, please contact someone from the Health Education Team via email or at 1-877-783-8113.
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Last Updated 07/29/2013