Stony Brook offers a variety of self-management classes for individuals living with chronic health conditions and their caregivers, as well as community meetings for those interested in PrEP.
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The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is an evidence-based program developed by Stanford University. Classes are held for once a week for six weeks and are 2 ½ hours long. The classes focus on topics including:
- Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
- Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance
- Appropriate use of medications
- Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
- Decision making
- How to evaluate new treatments
Participants in CDSMP make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program.
We teach the six week series of CDSMP classes in English and Spanish (Tomando Control de su Salud), as well as a six-week series that is HIV-specific (Positive Self-Management Program). In addition, we offer a four-day CDSMP Leader Training class for those who would like facilitate CDSMP.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an evidence-based program developed by the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Classes are held once a week for eight weeks and are 2 hours long. The classes focus on:
- Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
- Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
- Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
For those who complete our MBSR classes, we also offer classes on Mindful Eating, Mindful Movement and Sustaining Mindfulness. For more information about our self-management classes, please contact Katelin Thomas at (631) 369-8696 x303.
The Suffolk County PrEP Coalition
The Suffolk County PrEP Coalition was co-founded by Stony Brook Medicine and HRHCare Suffolk to promote and coordinate PrEP services in our region. Participation in the Coalition is open to anyone with an interest in the improvement of PrEP services in Suffolk County. Presently, the coalition consists of consumers, community based organizations, LGBTQ+ groups, specialty pharmacies, medical providers, and both state and county health departments. Meetings are held quarterly and provide opportunities for discussion and coordination of services, updates in the field of PrEP, and collaboration among participants. Anyone interested in learning more or getting involved can reach out to Tara Conlon at email@example.com.