NorWest Community Health Centres (NorWest CHC) proudly unveils the highly anticipated relaunch of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP). Committed to empowering individuals to take control of their health and wellbeing, the program is poised to achieve new heights in 2024.

Nicole Carnochan, Tobacco Wise Lead, Clinical Institutes and Quality Programs at Ontario Health, commented, “It is wonderful to have the self-management programs offered in our area once again. Previously, it was a very successful program that improved participants understanding of and gave them important tools to help with their chronic disease”.

Locally, adults in Thunder Bay and District are experiencing higher rates of chronic disease, such as diabetes, cardiovascular and cancer than in other regions in Ontario. Self-management tools and supports are necessary to keep people healthier meaningful lives, while also living independently in their own homes longer.

The program maintains its commitment to evidence-based workshops facilitated by peer leaders, offering resources designed to empower individuals in taking an active role in managing chronic diseases. Workshops offered will focus on Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, Diabetes Self-Management Program, and Cancer: Thriving and Surviving.

Kevin Ng, Manager of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, shared his vision, stating, “This re-launch marks an exciting chapter for our Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. We’re dedicated to providing individuals with the tools and knowledge necessary to better manage their health conditions effectively. I am thrilled to lead this initiative and work alongside our dedicated team to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our community members in northwestern Ontario.”
Juanita Lawson, NorWest CHC CEO, expressed her support for this program, stating, “The commencement of our Chronic Disease Self-Management Program represents a significant step in our commitment to community health. We are dedicated to providing the resources and support necessary to individuals managing chronic health conditions, ensuring they receive the highest quality of assistance and empowerment.”

Individuals interested in learning more about the program or becoming a Peer Leader are encouraged to reach out Kevin Ng, Manager – Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, (807) 626-8480.

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