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addressing wyoming's health care needs

6 in 10

adults in the US have one or more chronic diseases

90%

of all US health care expenditures are for people with chronic diseases

37%

increase in chronic disease rates among US adults between 2000 and 2030

7 of 10

leading causes of death in Wyoming are attributed to chronic disease

150,000

Wyomingites are underserved with access to primary care

2x to 3x

higher disease rates in Wyoming among older adults compared to US average

What is Healthy U?

Evidence-based chronic disease self-management education in Wyoming

Healthy U is the name for the Wyoming Center on Aging’s implementation of Stanford University’s evidence-based suite of self-management programs, which includes the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP), and the Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP). Healthy U workshops are available to anyone with a chronic health condition, who cares for someone with a chronic health condition, or who simply wants to learn more about improving their health.

Healthy U is coordinated statewide by the Wyoming Center on Aging in partnership with the Wyoming Department of Health Public Health and Aging Divisions. The program was brought to Wyoming in 2015. It is available in most Wyoming counties and is offered in community settings, including senior centers, wellness centers, subsidized housing facilities, medical centers, and public libraries.

 

Skills and strategies for managing chronic disease

Healthy U workshops meet once a week for 2.5 hours over the course of 6 weeks. Subjects covered in a Healthy U workshop include:
  • Techniques to deal with common problems like frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation
  • Appropriate exercise for improving and maintaining strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Communicated effectively with family, friends, and health care providers
  • Nutrition
  • Decision-making
  • Action planning
  • How to evaluate new treatments
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Promoting positive health outcomes

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Studied and disseminated for over 20 years

Since 1996, CDSMP and its affiliated programs have been the subject of numerous randomized, controlled studies all over the world. Those studies found that people who participate demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • Improved exercise habits
  • Improved cognitive symptom management
  • Improved communication with physicians
  • Improved general health
  • Decreased health distress
  • Decreased fatigue
  • Decreased disability
  • Decreases social and role activity limitations
  • Fewer days in the hospital
  • Few outpatient visits and hospitalizations per year
  • Healthcare savings of approximately $364 per participant per year for a cost-to-savings ratio of approximately 1:4

 

What participants have said about Healthy U:

"My pain was my boss. It was telling me what I could and couldn't do. This workshop put me back in charge." - Sue

"The class helped me manage my diabetes better and my A1C is within normal limits now." - John

"I have learned there are people like me, not living life to the fullest because of a chronic condition, and that we can move forward." - Caroline

"After taking the workshop, I have since lost 25 pounds. I began exercising and eating healthier. My blood pressure now runs about 130/70. I feel great and have a lot more energy." - Sam

Get involved with Healthy U!

Healthy U is available all across Wyoming

Healthy U is available to anyone over the age of 18. Workshops are always free, even for people who want to take them multiple times. All materials used during the workshops will be loaned to participants for the length of the workshop. 

The success of Healthy U is made possible in part thanks to partnerships with health care and social service providers all across Wyoming communities. We encourage providers to support their local programs, to educate their clients about workshop opportunities in their area, and to help people with chronic diseases develop the skills they need to play a more active and productive role in their health management.

To find a Healthy U workshop or program in your community, check our events calendar or our Healthy U program map.

To learn more about how you can connect your clients with local workshops or what you can do to help support Healthy U in your community, you can contact the Wyoming Center on Aging by phone at (307) 766-2829 or by email at wycoa@uwyo.edu.

 

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