About Kansas Self-Management Education (KSME)

KSME is a series of programs designed to empower Kansans to improve their health and quality of life. Programs are managed by the Bureau of Health Promotion within the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in partnership with state and national organizations. All programs are facilitated by trained and certified leaders. Click the topics for a description of our programs.

CDSMP is an interactive, evidence-based program developed for people with different chronic health problems. Workshops cover many subjects including: techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance, appropriate use of medications, communicating better with family, friends and health professionals, nutrition, decision making, and how to evaluate new treatments. Participants will attend a 2.5 hour workshop once a week for six weeks.

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CPSMP is an interactive, evidence-based program developed for people living with chronic pain. Workshops cover many subjects including: techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance, appropriate use of medications, communicating better with family, friends and health professionals, nutrition, decision making, and how to evaluate new treatments. Participants will attend a 2.5 hour workshop once a week for six weeks.

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DSMES is a critical element of care for all people with diabetes and those at risk for developing the condition. DSMES is the ongoing process of facilitating the knowledge, skills, and ability necessary for prediabetes and diabetes self-care, as well as activities that assist a person in implementing and sustaining the behaviors needed to manage his or her condition on an ongoing basis, beyond or outside of formal self-management training. DSMES services have been shown to have a positive impact on lifestyle changes, such as eating patterns and activity levels, ultimately leading to decreases in hemoglobin A1c levels, prevention or delay of diabetes complications, and improved quality of life.

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EnhanceFitness is an evidence-based group exercise program designed to help older adults at all levels of fitness become more active, energized and empowered to sustain independent lives. The classes are beneficial to anyone looking to start an exercise program. EnhanceFitness exercise sessions are trained by certified instructors who will safely lead the class through an hour of exercises at a pace that’s right for the participants. They lead participants through a brief warmup, several minutes of aerobic exercise, strength training, stretching, balance exercises and a brief cool-down. These one-hour classes are designed to be fun, relaxed and provide opportunities for participants to socialize. Many EnhanceFitness classes are currently offered through the Kansas YMCAs, but EnhanceFitness is not limited to only YMCA locations.

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DPP is a partnership of public and private organizations working to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. The partners work to make it easier for people with prediabetes or at risk for type 2 diabetes to participate in evidence-based ↗, affordable, and high-quality lifestyle change programs to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and improve their overall health. A key part of the National DPP is the lifestyle change program. Lifestyle change programs teach participants to make lasting lifestyle changes, like eating healthier, adding physical activity into their daily routine, and improving coping skills.

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Stepping On is a fun and interactive fall prevention program for adults aged 60 and older who have fallen or who have a fear of falling. The program has seven, two-hour long sessions that focus on helping participants recognize and change behaviors and take control of their fall risk. The program was developed in Australia; Wisconsin developed an American version with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that has been tested in the United States and shown to achieve a 50% reduction in falls. Trained leaders facilitate the Stepping On community workshops.

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Tomando Control de su Salud is an interactive, evidence-based program developed for Spanish-speaking people with variety of chronic health conditions. It is based on the English version of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP). Workshops are conducted in Spanish and cover similar topics as CDSMP in a culturally appropriate manner. Workshops cover many subjects including: Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance, appropriate use of medications, communicating better with family, friends and health professionals, nutrition, decision making, and how to evaluate new treatments. Participants will attend a 2.5 hour workshop once a week for six weeks.

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Walk with Ease is a walking program designed to encourage people with and without arthritis to get started walking and stay motivated to keep active. During the 6-week program, groups of up to 15 participants meet 3 times a week. Each class begins with a health education session on an arthritis or exercise-related topic, followed by stretching and a 10-35-minute walk. Classes are supervised by trained leaders. Walk with Ease has been proven to reduce arthritis pain and stiffness, improve strength and balance, and increase the confidence of participants. Participants receive educational materials and tools to be used throughout the program. This program can be offered in a group, self-directed, or modified format.

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