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;
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.