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October 08, 2012
Washington state receives grant to expand workshops to better manage chronic health conditions
OLYMPIA – The federal Administration for Community Living has awarded Department of Social and Health Services with the Empowering Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities Grant.
Over the next three years, the grant will bring $1.2 million to Washington for evidence based workshops that help older adults and adults with disabilities explore healthier ways to live with chronic health conditions, such as hypertension, arthritis, diabetes, depression and obesity.
To educate and provide the tools to manage chronic health conditions, Washington uses the Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and its Spanish version, Tomando Control de su Salud. The grant’s funding will be directed to support, expand and sustain the health management program once the grant ends.
Low-cost, six-week workshops will be offered to at least 4,500 new people in the program. The program expansion will focus on younger adults with chronic conditions, Native Americans and people with developmental disabilities.
The grant will also integrate the state’s Affordable Care Act initiatives, such as enhancing the Living Well with Chronic Conditions website http://livingwell.doh.wa.gov/.
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