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. After all, they know best what they need.
Evidence-based self-management programs
Commonwealth Care Alliance hosts 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.
These group programs are offered once a week for six weeks, participants of Commonwealth Care Alliance’s CDSMP program known as — 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.
The Sweet Taste of Success*
A program offered specifically to people with diabetes. Workshops are facilitated from a highly detailed manual developed by Stanford University self-management programs. Commonwealth Care Alliance Implemented this program known as — The Sweet Taste of Success — this program has seen positive outcomes such as improvements in exercise, better cognitive symptom management, better communication with physicians, improved blood sugar monitoring, appropriate use of medication.
Participants assisting this program will complete action plans, share their experiences and provide peer to peer support throughout the workshop.
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.
Stengthening Care Together*
Strengthening Care Together is the initiative that focuses on supporting the family caregivers of CCA members. Caregivers are the most important source of information, support, and guidance to our members, and they contribute significantly to our members’ quality of life and independence. Caregivers are the front line of care to our members, and their job is challenging. It is important that caregivers remain healthy to care for themselves while caring for a loved one.
CCA offers educational support in a 6-week series, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, designed after the Stanford programs, where caregivers are empowered to cope with the challenges of caregiving and learn to communicate more effectively with family and providers, reduce stress, and identify and leverage community resources. The caregiver walking clubs we host provide social support to decrease social isolation amongst caregivers and we encourage and train caregivers to start their own walking clubs in their communities. In this way, caregivers connect around healthy activities and interact with others who share similar challenges.
Cardiovascular Disease-Diabetes One-on-One*
The CVD One-on-One program is an educational program that targets members that are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease or complications due to existing disease, directed to CCA members who require a one on one education approach. This program empowers participants to effectively manage their health with the goal of managing and or preventing complications.
The objective is to provide education around blood pressure, cholesterol, HbA1C, tobacco use, obesity, nutrition & exercise. The frequency and duration of meetings will vary on a case to case basis.
*Programs offered in English and Spanish.
For more information, please contact Lourdes Diaz-Marte via email or at 1-877-783-8113 ext 1394 .
Last Updated 06/15/2016