For Immediate Release
Kristi Pankratz, 785-296-5795
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) wants to improve the quality of life of Kansans with chronic diseases through its Kansans Optimizing Health Program (KOHP). This program is known at a national level as the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed at Stanford University.
“The Kansans Optimizing Health Program is an opportunity for people with different chronic diseases to come together to learn and practice new skills to manage their conditions,” said Roderick Bremby, KDHE Secretary.
Workshops are held across the state and participants with different diseases or conditions come together once a week for two and a half hours over a course of six weeks. They problem solve a variety of topics relevant to coping with chronic conditions. Some of the conditions that might be assisted with these workshops include arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and lung disease.
This program was introduced in Kansas in July 2008 and has seen 400 people helped as a result. A new web site is now available to assist people with upcoming workshop locations and on becoming leaders. The web site is available at www.kdheks.gov/arthritis/kohp.htm. To find a workshop in your area, visit: www.kdheks.gov/arthritis/download/KOHP/KOHP_Participant_Workshop_Calendar.pdf.
If there is not a current workshop occurring in your area, visit www.dhe.state.ks.us/arthritis/ to find an organization in your area that provides the workshops or a workshop coming soon to your area.