Tomando Control de su Salud

About the program: Tomando Control de su Salud is a self-management workshop designed for Spanish-speaking adults with one or more chronic conditions. Based on the English program, the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, all workshops are conducted in Spanish and feature culturally appropriate activities and subject matter.

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This interactive program aims to increase:

  • Confidence
  • Physical and psychological well-being
  • Knowledge of ways to manage chronic conditions
  • Motivation to manage challenges associated with chronic diseases

Target Audience:

  • Spanish-speaking adults with arthritis
  • Spanish-speaking adults with other chronic conditions
  • Spanish-speaking older adults

Key Activities:

  • Interactive educational activities like discussion, brainstorming, practice of action-planning and feedback, behavior modeling, problem-solving techniques and decision-making
  • Participants learn symptom management techniques like exercise, relaxation, communication, healthy eating, managing medication, and managing fatigue.

Setting: In-person workshop

Suggested class size: Between 10 and 16 participants

Duration: Participants meet for two to two and a half hours each week for six weeks.


  • Participant costs: Varies, but rarely more than $50
  • Leader/ Host Costs:
    • License costs for the host organization for between $500 and $12,000 depending on the organization’s needs. Learn more about license costs.
    • Leader training is between $200 and $400 per leader training.

Program Requirements:

  • Two trained Spanish-speaking leaders: These leaders can be either one peer leader and one health professional or two peer leaders. At least one leader should have a chronic condition.
  • Leaders must be trained by the Self-Management Resource Center either in the San Francisco Bay Area or locally by a certified master trainer. Each training is four and a half days and taught in Spanish.
  • A license purchased from the Self-Management Resource Center renewed every three years
  • A community room that is Americans with Disabilities (ADA) accessible
  • Equipment: Flip charts, white board, markers, and a music player

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