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Living Well Program


Kirsten Aird, MPH
Chronic Disease Programs Manager

Jennifer Mead, MPH
Seniors and People with Disabilities Program Coordinator

Shira Pope, MS
Asthma Program Coordinator / Community Programs Liaison

About Us

The Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services support Living Well and Chronic Disease Self-Management Program workshops in Oregon by providing opportunities for leader training and networking, programming and the development of statewide infrastructure in Oregon.

The Living Well Program is part of the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section in the Center for Prevention and Health Promotion.

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Living Well initiatives are coordinated through Seniors and People with Disabilities, and the Center for Prevention and Health Promotion's WISEWOMAN Program. Living Well is also supported by these Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section programs:

Additional funding comes from the National Council on Aging.

Living Well Workshops

Living Well with Chronic Conditions (the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, or CDSMP) is a six-week workshop that provides tools for living a healthy life with chronic health conditions, including diabetes, arthritis, asthma and heart disease. Through weekly sessions, the workshop provides support for continuing normal daily activities and dealing with the emotions that chronic conditions may bring about.

Living Well can help people with chronic conditions make the most of their medical care and communicate more effectively with their health care providers. The workshop does not conflict with ongoing programs or medical treatment. It is designed to enhance regular treatment and disease-specific education such as Better Breathers, cardiac rehabilitation or diabetes instruction. In addition, many people have more than one chronic condition. The program is especially helpful for these people, because it teaches skills that help them manage their health and stay active.

Chronic Disease Self-Management programs also include Tomando Control de su Salud, a Spanish-language, culturally appropriate version, and the Positive Self-Management Program (PSMP), a workshop for people with HIV.

What We Do

Contact Us


Toll-free: 1-888-576-7414


Living Well Program
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 730
Portland, OR 97232

Hours of Operation

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM