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April 2013

CDSMP MeetingGrantees get energized at annual meeting

More than 100 Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) grantees and partners from around the country convened last week in Arlington, VA to learn and share strategies around scaling and sustaining CDSME programs. Participants reported forging “new connections with programs across the country,” feeling “newly energized” in their efforts, and coming away with “lots of food for thought—and action.” NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging (CHA) is funded by the US Administration on Aging (AoA) as the National Technical Assistance Resource Center for the 22 CDSME state grantees.
Download CDSME meeting resources | Learn more about the CDSME grantees

Just released: CDSMP national study results

The long-awaited outcomes on the national study of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) were officially unveiled during a CHA webinar last month. This major longitudinal study of more than 1,000 participants demonstrated results similar to those in the original randomized controlled studies, suggesting a successful translation to real-world settings and populations. The bottom line: CDSMP is associated with many positive improvements in health, health care, and health care costs.
Watch the CDSMP national study webinar

Offer Better Choices, Better Health® in your communityBetter Choices, Better Health

CHA announces an exciting new opportunity for organizations at the community and state levels to participate in a national shared implementation model of Better Choices, Better Health® (online version of CDSMP). Any organization that has sufficient funding to support at least 100 participants or 65 completers in a 12-month period can participate. Better Choices, Better Health® features content similar to its in-person counterpart, with the added convenience of being able to participate online.
Participate in the shared implementation model | Learn more about Better Choices, Better Health®

CDSMP funding cut in Prevention & Public Health Fund 

NCOA and aging advocates are deeply disappointed that FY13 Prevention & Public Health Fund allocations for CDSMP were cut from $10 million to $7.1 million, and funding for elder falls prevention was not included. The $1 billion for programs supported in FY12 was reduced by 38%, with the sequester cutting $51 million and the Administration diverting $332 million to health insurance exchanges. In FY12 and FY13, the Senate Appropriations Committee recommended the Fund include $10 million for elder falls prevention. NCOA is urging that again for FY14, plus $10 million for CDSMP.
See a table of Fund allocations


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