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PCA seeks volunteer leaders for its Chronic Disease Self-Management Program


Would you like to help older adults living with chronic disease? PCA is looking for volunteers to help lead its Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP). Volunteer lay leaders will receive training to co-facilitate the “Help Yourself to Health” workshop series for adults 60-plus who are living with chronic conditions, such as heart disease, arthritis and lung disease. These workshops are currently held virtually and at sites throughout Philadelphia. The workshops meet weekly for 2½ hours for six weeks.

CDSMP lay leaders help older adults to:

  •  Identify strategies for living with a chronic condition
  • Improve management of symptoms associated with chronic conditions
  • Gain greater self confidence
  • Build confidence to communicate better with family, friends and health care professionals
  • Add new techniques and activities into a plan for living well

Requirements to become a certified lay leader include a 12th grade reading level, access to an internet-connected device with sound and a camera, and comfortability speaking to groups. Prior attendance of a CDSMP workshop is a plus.

The next seven-week CDSMP lay leader training will be held virtually on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting Wednesday, Oct. 13.

For more information about becoming a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program volunteer lay leader, call 215-765-9000, ext. 5123 or email

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