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Living Well Annual Forum 2011
May 11, 2011 - Embassy Suites Washington Square, Tigard, OR

The Forum included a  presentation from a national perspective on Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs (CDSMP) by Teresa Brady, PhD, from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an update on state health reform and the Oregon Living Well Program, three series of breakout sessions focused on topics like marketing, quality assurance, health literacy, financial sustainability, and working with health systems.


Plenary Presentations

Living Well: Becoming a Household Name (pdf) : Cara Railsback, MPH - Living Well Coordinator, DHS Public Health Division

Integrating Living Well into State Health Reform (pdf) : Jeremy Vandehey, Community Engagement Coordinator, Oregon Health Authority

Keynote Speaker - Living Well from the National Perspective (pdf) : Teresa Brady, PhD, Senior Behavioral Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Morning Breakout Sessions I

1. Living Well 101

Participants with limited knowledge of Living Well received a basic understanding of what the program consists of, including interactive demonstrations of the workshop curriculum.  Participants had an opportunity to ask questions about program content and application to a variety of settings and individuals with chronic health conditions.

(No presentation available)

Speakers: Linda Harris, Silverton Hospital / Starla Niemann, Columbia Memorial Hosptial


2. Evidence-Based Programs that Support Self-Management:  Beyond Living Well

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, Tai Chi:  Moving for Better Balance, and PEARLS are nationally recognized evidence-based programs also available in communities in the Pacific Northwest.  Participants were able to learn about these programs and ways organizations can support a variety of effective programs to support individuals with chronic conditions.

Lets Talk Exercise and Arthritis (pdf)

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance (pdf)

PEARLS: Community Based Depression Treatment (pdf)

Speakers: Cindy Bishop, Arthritis Foundation / Kam Delaney, Oregon Health Authority / Eddie Edmondson, University of WA


3. Tomando Control de su Salud y Manejando su Salud con VIH/SIDA   

Los participantes tendrán oportunidad de escuchar los éxitos, desafíos y lecciones aprendidas en tres programas diferentes de Tomando Control de su Salud en Oregón, para luego participar en una plática sobre el programa Tomando Control y la forma de aprender unos de otros.  Los temas específicos incluyen programación de talleres, mercadeo, selección de líderes y garantía de calidad.

(No presentations available)

Speakers: Sandra Echavarria, Salud Medical Center / Adele Hughes, Providence Health & Services / Maribel Mendez, Salem Hospital


4. Success Stories from Oregon Living Well Leaders

This was a look back over the years to recognize all of the amazing work that Living Well has done to help change participants' lives.  Living Well Program leaders had an opportunity to share their success stories with one another and learn new approaches for facilitating community workshops.

(No presentations available)

Speakers: Brenda Johnson, Deschutes County Health Department / Ann Way, Lincoln County Health Department


Afternoon Breakout Sessions II

1. Crystal Clear:  Creating Educational Handouts that Clients Can Read and Use

This interactive workshop provided the tools needed to create user-friendly educational materials.  Participants learned how "health literacy" affects their client's ability to process the information given them.  Using low-literacy writing principles, participants were taught how to evaluate the readability of existing brochures and handouts, as well as how to design materials appropriate for their audience.

Crystal Clear: Creating Handouts that Communicate (pdf)

Speaker: Kelly Volkmann, Benton County Health Department


2. Finding Financial Support and Delivering Your Message Effectively

This breakout reviewed materials and strategies for successfully communicating with potential funders to advocate for financial support for self-management workshops.  An orientation to the financial sustainability portion of the Living Well Marketing and Sustainability Toolkit was provided.  Participants were able to interact with a panel of key leaders that made the decision to make financial support for self-management programs a part of their business model.

(No presentations available)

Speakers: Joan Kapowich, Public Employees' Benefit Board and Oregon Educators Benefit Board / Chris Kirk, MVP Health Authority / Janet Meyer, Tuality Health Alliance / Jennifer Messenger Heilbronner, Metropolitan Group


3. Ensuring Quality & Fidelity of Self-Management Programs

The breakout provided participants with an opportunity to learn and share examples of how observation tools are helping leaders offer quality workshops across Oregon.  Questions on how fidelity observation can be done in a variety of organizations and settings were answered.  Ideas on how to keep improving workshops in communities were shared.

Living Well Quality & Fidelity Workgroup: Who Are We and What Do We Do (pdf)

Quality Assurance & Fidelity Brainstorming Notes (pdf)

Speakers: Beverly Cridland, PeaceHealth Gerontology Institute / Carole Kment, Samaritan Health Services / John Motter, Cascade AIDS Project


Afternoon Breakout Sessions III

1. Resources to Support Marketing and Recruitment:  The Living Well Marketing Toolkit

Participants in this session received hands-on training to assist with marketing their Living Well workshops.  This session demonstrated how to determine the right messages and marketing strategies to reach their target audience, how to get the attention of local media, and how to utilize social media to recruit workshop participants.

Marketing and Recruitment (pdf)

Speakers: Kirsten Gunst, Metropolitan Group / Cara Railsback, Oregon Health Authority


2. Connecting Patients to Self-Management Programs:  Strategies That Work

This session provided the most effective ways to encourage physicians to recommend self-management programs to their patients and how to help clinic staff engage with patients during a visit to ensure they attend.  Participants were able to hear practical solutions from a top national researcher, health plan disease management coordinator and a clinic team.

Marketing Community-Based Programs to Primary Care Practices (pdf)

Physician Support for Chronic Disease Self-Management (pdf)

Connecting Patients to Community Programs (pdf)

Speakers: Teresa Brady, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention / Lavinia Goto, MVP Health Authority / Clinic Team of Northwest Human Services


Master Trainer Breakfast

May 11, 2010 - Embassy Suites Washington Square, Tigard, OR

Living Well, Tomando Control, and Positive Self-Self Management Program Master Trainers were invited to attend this meeting which included a review of the new Master Trainer manual and requirements, and served as an opportunity for Oregon Master Trainers to network with another.

Master Trainer Manuals and Fidelity Guide Updates (pdf)