Kansans Optimizing Health Program
The Kansans Optimizing Health Program (KOHP) is a six week workshop conducted for 2 1/2 hours once a week in various community settings - it is known nationally as the Chronic Disease Self Management Program.The program helps people with a variety of chronic diseases (arthritis, heart disease, asthma, diabetes, and lung disease) learn the skills necessary to self-manage their disease.
The workshops are interactive and are facilitated by two trained leaders. Subjects covered include:
- techniques to deal with frustration, pain and fatigue
- how to exercise safely
- communication techniques for family and medical team members
- nutrition, and
- making informed treatment decisions.
KDADS is partnering with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to develop a statewide system of organizations, leaders and participants. For consistency purposes, please refer to the following websites:
To find an organization that provides the KOHP workshops in your area, check the on-line County Resource Map available at http://www.dhe.state.ks.us/arthritis/
For potential participants who would like to locate a local workshop:
To become a trained CDSMP leader, go to:
KOHP marketing materials: