IL Pathways to Health
 

 Information for Healthcare Providers

 
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Take Charge of Your Health and Take Charge of Your Diabetes are evidence-based programs originally developed at Stanford University and now managed by the Self-Management Resource Center (SMRC). Participant results have shown improvement in health outcomes, better quality of life and reduced disease complications. Due to improved self management of diabetes and other chronic conditions, these classes can also help to reduce health care costs.

Workshops are conducted in trusted and accessible community settings. Classes are led by two leaders trained in the Stanford University model. Fidelity to the class structure and design is a requirement.

  • Take Charge of Your Health/Tomando Control de su Salud – Information and self-management skills for older adults with a chronic disease, and their caregivers. Some examples of chronic diseases include hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, cancer, asthma, emphysema, and multiple sclerosis. See workshop content below for topics covered.

  • Take Charge of Your Diabetes/Tomando Control de su Diabetes - A free program offered to all interested participants. Participants may currently have diabetes or be pre-diabetic. The workshop provides information and self-management skills for people with diabetes and their caregivers. See workshop content below for topics covered.

  • Take Charge of Your Diabetes Plus - A registered dietitian leads the classes, provides two individual assessments to collect clinical data related to the participant's diabetes and helps participants identify educational goals to improve outcomes. Outcome data is shared with the referring physician. Requires that participants have a referral from a doctor. Scroll down for further information regarding our referral system.

 
 

How Effective are the Take Charge of Your Health Programs?

 
 

Based on a recent CDSMP National Study supported by the Administration on Aging, the Chronic Disease Self-Management program resulted in significant, measurable improvements in the health and quality of life of adults with chronic conditions. Take Charge of Your Health appears to save enough through reductions in health care expenditures to pay for itself within the first year.


Health Benefits:

  • Improved self-reported health.

  • Improved health status: fatigue, shortness of breath, depression, pain, stress, and sleep.

  • Improved health-related quality of life.

  • Improved communication with doctors, medication compliance, and health literacy.

Cost Savings:

  • $714 per person savings in emergency room visits and hospital utilization.

  • $364 per person net savings after considering program costs of $350 per participant.

  • Potential savings of $6.6 billion by reaching 10% of Americans with one or more chronic conditions.

 
Graduates of AgeOptions Take Charge of Your Diabetes workshop

Promoting Life-Changing Skills

Along with teaching life-changing skills, one of the key components of Take Charge is to build self-confidence. A 62-year-old participant with osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and diabetes once described herself as a prisoner of her pain, but after attending a Take Charge of Your Health workshop series, she feels she has regained the independence of her younger life. “I was living in fear and doubt of my own capabilities with my chronic diseases, but then as I took the program…I just soared.”

 

Chronic disease self-management programs are being implemented successfully in senior centers, churches and other community settings throughout Illinois, and across the country.

 
 

Measuring Outcomes for Take Charge of Your Health

The CDSMP National Study found that participants who complete at least four of the six sessions experience the following outcomes: improved self-reported health; improved health-related quality of life; reduced number of unhealthy physical days and unhealthy mental days; improved communication with physicians, medication compliance and health literacy; and improved health status in six indicators: 1) fatigue, 2) shortness of breath, 3) depression, 4) pain, 5) stress, and 6) sleep problems.

Based on our evaluation of the health of program participants, we expect to see statistically significant improvement in health confidence, at least one new healthy behavior (maintained by the majority of the sampled participants at 3 months and 6 months after the end of the workshop), and improved self-efficacy in communication with health care providers.

 

Workshop Content

The curriculum and format of the program is designed to increase the confidence of participants to take significant steps to improve their physical activity and nutrition and better manage their health. Participants set weekly goals and the group encourages them and helps them brainstorm solutions when they have problems reaching their goals.

 

Take Charge of Your Health

Topics include:

  • Overview of self-management and chronic health conditions
  • Using your mind to manage symptoms
  • Getting a good night’s sleep
  • Making an action plan
  • Feedback and problem-solving
  • Dealing with difficult emotions
  • Physical activity and exercise
  • Preventing falls
  • Making decisions
  • Pain and fatigue management
  • Better breathing
  • Healthy eating
  • Communication skills
  • Medication usage
  • Making informed treatment decisions
  • Dealing with depression
  • Working with your health care professional and organization
  • Weight managements
  • Future plans

Take Charge of Your Diabetes

Topics include:

  • Overview of self-management and diabetes
  • Making an action plan
  • Monitoring
  • Nutrition/healthy eating
  • Feedback/problem solving
  • Preventing low blood sugar
  • Preventing complications
  • Fitness/exercise
  • Stress management
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Difficult emotions
  • Monitoring blood sugar
  • Depression
  • Positive thinking
  • Communication
  • Medications
  • Working with your health care professional
  • Working with the health care system
  • Sick days
  • Skin and foot care
 
 

How are Workshops Structured?

 
Workshops are led by trained facilitators who have professional or personal experience with chronic conditions, and who follow a structured protocol.

Workshops are led by trained facilitators who have professional or personal experience with chronic conditions, and who follow a structured protocol.

Workshops are designed to be taught in a community setting (e.g., senior center, church, library, hospital, community center)

Workshops are designed to be taught in a community setting (e.g., senior center, church, library, hospital, community center)

Workshops are offered as a 2 ½ - hour per week workshop for 6-8 weeks.

Workshops are offered as a 2 ½ - hour per week workshop for 6-8 weeks.

 
Workshops help participants learn how to take control of their chronic condition as they develop goals and create personalized action plans.

Workshops help participants learn how to take control of their chronic condition as they develop goals and create personalized action plans.

Workshops encourage patient interaction and mutual problem-solving and support

Workshops encourage patient interaction and mutual problem-solving and support

Workshops are available in English and Spanish.

Workshops are available in English and Spanish.

IL Pathways to Health Referral System

We are excited to offer two referral methods for the healthcare process to refer patients to community based evidence based program. Depending on your needs and goals one or the other might be more appropriate.

Referral Options:

 

Panel Referrals

A panel is a list of patients assigned to your care. Work with us to send a panel of referrals who could benefit from our programs.

Please email us at ilpthreferral@ageoptions.org or call The Health Promotion Team at (800)699-9043 for more information.

Individual Referrals

Allows you to send individual referrals, as needed, for patients who could benefit from our programs.

You can send us a workshop referral here, or by using the link located at the bottom of our website for quick access.