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Health education programs training offered in Fairbanks


Participants in a five-day training offered in Fairbanks during June will learn how to deliver two health education programs on the self-management of diabetes and of chronic disease.

Health professionals or community volunteers who complete the training may offer both six-week programs at hospitals, health centers, social service agencies, senior centers and other community sites. The Stanford University Patient Education Research Center programs include information on managing symptoms, communicating with health care providers, decision-making, fighting fatigue and pain, eating healthier and monitoring blood sugar levels.

Leslie Shallcross, a registered dietician and agent for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, will lead the training from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 12-16 at the district Extension office at 724 27th Ave. The Diabetes Self-Management Program and the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Service Administration and other agencies.

The training is co-sponsored by the Alaska Nurses Association, Extension and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Continuing education credits in nursing are available. Shallcross said current trained leaders who need the 2016 Diabetes Self-Management Program curriculum update may attend the final day of this training.

Two leaders are required to lead all workshops, so organizations are encouraged to send more than one trainee. The cost is $185. For more information or registration, contact Shallcross at 907-474-2426 or lashallcross@alaska.edu.


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