Chronic Disease Management Advanced Training Program
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Chronic Disease Management (CDM) training is designed to expand and extend basic CHW training to develop in-depth expertise in the prevention and management of chronic diseases and conditions. Recruitment of training participants primarily targets four groups:

1) those lay health workers previously trained by CRRC;

2) individuals currently working as CHWs (or in similar positions) in Federally Qualified Health Clinics and look-a-like clinics;

3) disease-specific patient navigators who need additional training on common co-morbidities; and

4) staff of community-based or faith-based organizations that address health-related issues as part of their missions.

CDM training will prepare lay health workers to help patients in the following areas:

• Building self-awareness and a basic understanding of their chronic diseases;

• Recognizing the utility of behavior modification as a means of facilitating disease avoidance, minimizing the impact of disease, improving quality of life, and enhancing efficiency in the use of scarce healthcare resources;

• Providing encouragement and instilling motivation in patients to effectively self-manage their chronic diseases;

• Facilitating patient interactions with healthcare providers to promote compliance with screening guidelines, obtain referrals for diagnosis and treatment, pursue appropriate follow-up treatment and testing, and ensure adherence to medication protocols.

The training will focus primarily on ten chronic diseases: Arthritis, Asthma, Cancer, COPD, Diabetes, Heart Disease, HIV/AIDS, Hypertension, Mental & Behavioral Health, and Stroke. Each disease will be addressed according to the following rubric:

1) general definition;

2) variations;

3) etiology/risk factors;

4) prognosis and complications;

5) potential for prevention;

6) typical symptoms;

7) treatment procedures and medications;

8) special needs.

CDM training will consist of an intensive 40-hour program to include an orientation session, delivery of core training modules, group exercises, breakout sessions, and competency evaluation. Those successfully completing the program will be awarded a certificate of completion of Specialized Lay Health Worker Training in the Prevention and Management of Chronic Diseases.

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