Stanford’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Kicks Off New Series At Family HealthCare Network

Visalia, CA – Designed to support individuals with chronic health problems, Family HealthCare Network (FHCN) will launch a new series of its Chronic Disease Self-Management Program in Visalia on March 8, 2016. Developed by the Stanford School of Medicine, the program offers attendees a unique look at managing chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and chronic pain. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

Subjects covered in the six week program include techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance, appropriate use of medications, communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals, proper nutrition, and advice for evaluating new treatments. Two trained leaders facilitate the workshops, one or both of whom have chronic diseases themselves. In addition, four Navigator Health Coaches from FHCN were trained onsite at Stanford University as program Master Trainers. FHCN has offered Stanford’s model to address chronic disease management since 2001.

Classes are free of charge and are open to both patients and non-patients at FHCN’s School Avenue Health Center, located at 401 E. School Avenue in downtown Visalia. The six-week series begins Tuesday, March 8th, from 2:00pm to 4:30pm. To enroll in the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, please contact FHCN Navigator Health Coach and Master Trainer Elvia Martinez at (559) 741-4538.

About Family HealthCare Network:

 Family HealthCare Network is a private nonprofit organization that operates 20 sites, 16 of which are federally qualified health centers located throughout Tulare and Kings Counties. Our mission is to provide quality health care to everyone in the communities we serve. With more than 160 medical and dental providers in our network, we provide access to a wide range of coordinated health services. FHCN also offers pharmacy services, free transportation, and extended evening and weekend hours. FHCN is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home and is dually recognized by The Joint Commission with its Gold Seal of Approval® for Patient Quality and Safety and as a Patient Centered Primary Medical Home.

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