Volunteer training program offered by OFA, project partners

Published Oct 1, 2018 at 4:00pm

WHITESTOWN — Oneida County Office for Aging and Continuing Care, in conjunction with project partners from the Parkway Center and Central New York Health Home Network, Inc., is hosting training to become volunteer Peer Leaders in Chronic Disease Self-Management Education on Oct. 11 and 12, and on Oct. 18 and 19.

The evidence-based suite of Stanford Model training is recognized to reduce hospital care admissions.

The structured workshops improve quality of life for individuals and caregivers of others with at least one chronic disease.

Trained Peer Leaders serve as positive role models, convey optimism, and encourage others in managing chronic health conditions. 

Peer Leader training requires four full days to complete, including demonstration of learned skills.

Training each day will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., refreshments included, at Oneida County Offices, 120 Airline St., second floor conference room.

Peer leaders teach at least two classes per year to maintain certification.

Classes are jointly facilitated by two trained workshop leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with at least one chronic condition.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Education classes are held in weekly 2 1/2 hour sessions.

Peer Leaders are at least 18 years-old with good communication skills, reliable transportation, and the ability to build rapport with small groups while teaching various self-management techniques.

Topics include:

• Dealing with frustration;

• Fatigue, pain;

• Isolation of various chronic conditions;

• medication responsibilities;

• Proper nutrition; and

• Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance.

Peer Leader training improves leadership, teaching, and group facilitation skills, using proven methods which can be applied to other areas of life outside of Chronic Disease Self-Management Education. 

Individuals, or organizations interested in sending prospective trainers for Living Healthy NY program certification, or anyone wanting more information, may contact Carol Nettleton, Oneida County Office for Aging Program coordinator, at 315-798-5456, 798-3632, or cnettleton@ocgov.net.