Nationally Recognized Health Workshops Offered

Kansans Optimizing Health Program (KOHP) series – Attend six sessions sponsored by Kansas Department of Health and Environment for caregivers, friends and individuals with a chronic condition to learn how to manage their emotional, physical and social challenges. To register or for more information, call 785-296-1627.

The next 6 week series begins Monday, June 9, 2014 from 1-3:30 pm at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library

No charge for classes, and participants receive the “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” book.

As Health Information Librarian, I keep hearing about this workshop, and I was thrilled to be able to partner with local facilitators to have the workshop offered at the library.

Participants report these benefits from the series:

  • Increased physical activitiy
  • Improved communication with physicians, family and friends
  • Decreased fatigue and disability

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment sponsor the workshops and leader trainings in our state. The Kansans Optimizing Health Program (KOHP) is known nationally as the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed at Stanford University and is being offered throughout the United States. Learn more about the Kansans Optimizing Health Program.

What materials are provided?

Workshop participants receive the “Living a Healthy Life with a Chronic Conditions” book that is a resource for additional information beyond the workshop topics.

What if I can’t attend the current session?

If you can’t make this session, another session will be scheduled in the future. To register or for more information, call 785-296-1627.

The Health Information Neighborhood at the library provides books, DVDs and online resources on a variety of chronic conditions and health topics. Contact Health Information Librarian Lissa Staley at or 785-580-4400 for assistance.

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo writer, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld and My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul.