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County Team Chosen for Evidence Based Disability and Disease Learning Network
Release Date: January 16, 2008

Sussex County Team Chosen for Ev

Sussex County Team Chosen for Evidence Based Disability and Disease Learning Network

Sussex County professionals are representing New Jersey, one of only six states to be chosen to participate in an Evidence Based Disability and Disease Prevention Learning Network sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Administration on Aging (AOA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The intention of the learning network is to enhance opportunities for older adults residing in the community to maintain their independence through evidence-based disability and disease prevention and early detection.

Sussex County’s team, under the leadership of Mary Lou Schnurr, Director of the Sussex County Division of Senior Services, includes representatives from NORWESCAP RSVP, Newton Memorial Hospital, NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services-Division of Aging and Community Services, and NJ Department of Human Services - Division of Medial Assistance and Health Services. The team was afforded a grant to attend a recent two-day Learning Network conference at the CDC in Atlanta Georgia.

As a result of the workshop, the New Jersey team is implementing "Project Healthy Living" in Sussex County with the hope that it will become a model that will be replicated throughout the state. "Project Healthy Living" is a FREE six-week course for individuals who are dealing with the challenges of a chronic condition. The program is based on a chronic disease self-management program developed at Stanford University. Each week, interactive classes assist participants in building the skills necessary to manage symptoms; communicate effectively with healthcare professionals; develop healthy lifestyles including good nutrition and exercise; alleviate fear, anger and frustration; make daily tasks easier; and get more out of life. Peer leaders who facilitate the classes have been educated by Master Trainers certified through the Stanford University program. Peer leaders either have a chronic condition or are caring for someone who has a chronic condition. The 2 1/2 hour classes are supplemented with a manual, "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions", that is provided to each participant at no cost.
For additional information about "Project Healthy Living" and upcoming classes, contact the Sussex County Division of Senior Services at 973-579-0555 or seniorservices@sussex.nj.us.

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Division of Senior Services, Mary Lou Schnurr, Division Director
One Spring Street, Newton, N.J. 07860
Office Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Phone 973-579-0555 Fax 973-579-0550

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