Dates: Every Thursday from August 13th – September 17th.

Description: This program is virtual and utilizing a web conference format. A link will be provided upon registration. It is encouraged that participants have their video camera on their computers turned on for workshops. This program covers a variety of topics including:

  • Sleep
  • Stress
  • Physical Activity
  • Decision Making
  • Healthy Eating
  • Time Management
  • Working with your Health-Care Providers
  • Action Planning
  • Problem Solving

This evidence-based self-management program, developed by Stanford University, is held over six sessions. Each session is two and half hours in length, and will be held virtually. The workshop sessions are led by trained Iowa Department of Public Health staff. The course creates an environment of mutual support, which builds the participant’s confidence in their ability to manage their health and lead active lives.

Participants should plan to attend all 6 sessions. If you would like to participate, but have a conflict with any of the sessions, please indicate in your registration email. This program will include a resource manual that will be shipped to your home at no-cost to you. All six sessions are being held virtually on Thursdays from 3pm-5pm.

This interactive program is for people wanting to learn self-management skills and learn how their health problems may affect their lives and/or for people who suffer from or care for others who suffer from conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and any other physical or mental health condition. Participants are encouraged to make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter. Participants can expect to learn techniques on managing poor sleep, physical limitations, pain, stress/anxiety, difficult emotions, depression, shortness of breath, and fatigue.


  • Learn ways to address the physical and psychological effects of chronic disease (including fatigue, pain, depression, isolation and frustration)
  • Gain self-confidence in ability to control symptoms
  • Understand basic concepts regarding exercise, proper nutrition and using medications appropriately
  • Discuss techniques to communicate effectively with family, friends and health professionals

Registration: Please click here for more information on registration.